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Phone: (631) 761-8325


Degrees and Certifications:

NYS School Social Worker Certification Licensed Clinical Social Worker Post-graduate School District Administration Certification

Mrs. Colleen Ruffini, LCSW

I have been privileged to work with the Hauppauge School District since 1987.  I have worked on the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  This school year,  I will be working with students utilizing the following breakdown:  Grade 9  Ri-Z/ Grade 10  S-Z/ Grade 11  P-Z/ Grade 12  S-Z.   I am excited to meet the new students on my caseload.  In addition, I have supervised 2nd year, Masters level Social Work student interns for the past 28 years, all of whom have retained a caseload of their own.
I provide individual and group counseling, staff collaboration and training, and coordinate the 8th grade orientation program for classified students.  In addition, I participate on the following committees:  the Health and Counseling Team, the Safety Committee, the Committee on Special Education, and the Youth & Community Committee.  I am excited to continue advising the Social Awareness/SADD club. See the resources and links page for an update.
I look forward to continuing to support to students in grades 9-12 as they strive for success in their high school careers.
Please also see resources and links page for community referrals and programs.  Included in these is information regarding the concepts of Growth Mindset and Mindfulness.  I will continue to update these as new resources come to our attention, so check back often.