The Summit School at Nyack’s New York State licensed clinical professionals offer the support and expertise required to guide students towards their strengths and potential. Clinical staff focus on individual work with students and maintain strong contact with the staff working with each student to provide a coordinated therapeutic effort.

Social Workers

At the core of the department, social workers specializing in work with young adults meet individually with each student to provide counseling, assist the student in setting personal and academic goals, and serve as the primary liaison to families. In addition, the social worker leads the treatment team of each student, a multi-disciplinary partnership comprised of representatives from all aspects of a student’s life at Summit. Social workers coordinate therapeutic interventions to help shape desired behaviors and create the supportive environment necessary for positive change.


Two staff psychiatrists meet regularly with Summit’s residential students to investigate the appropriateness of psychopharmacological interventions and carefully monitor the student’s progression if medication is prescribed. Summit’s psychiatrists are an integral part of the students’ care as they provide ongoing support and knowledge to clinical staff and families.

Nurses & Dieticians

The Summit Health Center is open seven days a week. Its registered nurses administer medications, tend to minor aches and pains, and help a sick student feel better. A registered dietician/nutritionist is available for students to provide nutritional counseling and works with the Food Service Director to offer a variety of healthful eating choices.