Upcoming Events

December 13, 2022 1:30-4pm

The Behaviour Code: Practical Strategies for Working with Challenging Students

Lentegeur Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Lentegeur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
January 25, 2023

Depression and Suicide: Balancing Risk and Finding Hope and Connection

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth
Hybrid - Virtual or at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, Danvers, MA

Nancy Rappaport, M.D., will discuss how depression presents in children and teens at home and at school, how to proceed when concerned a student may be suicidal, and how to support youth with depression. This workshop will include an interactive discussion of clinical cases to illustrate key points.

February 02, 2023

School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, MA

Dr. Rappaport will present “Case: School Avoidance” as part of the two-day conference:

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, the impact on our students is increasingly clear but so too are new solutions and approaches. Mental health needs have skyrocketed among youth, and many schools struggle with burned out teachers and administrators, challenging parents and a lack of mental health providers in schools and their communities. We are eager to come together again in person to share successes and challenges on our collective journey through constant uncertainty.

This course will equip participants with up-to-date knowledge and skills to enhance the emotional well-being of children and adolescents at school, as well as the well-being of larger systems and communities. Topics will cover pandemic effects on learning, navigating LGBTQ+ issues, autism & social communication, polyvagal theory, school avoidance, perfectionism and the impacts of prejudice and other traumas. We are excited to also offer an open ‘Doc Roundtable’ to address questions and concerns related to the latest medications, and a powerful lived experience panel on gun violence and youth activism. Participants will leave with practical and timely clinical information and skills based on emerging research, evidence-based practice and innovative learning strategies.

Mental health and health clinicians, educators, school administrators, researchers and others interested in the development and treatment of school-aged children and adolescents will gain updated knowledge and skills via a mix of didactic lectures, case studies, panel discussions and Q&A.

Previous Events

October 30, 2020 8:30am PST

Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Safety Assessment Approach

Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego – Psychiatry Grand Rounds
October 23, 2020 11am

Clinical Consultation Breakfast: Family is the Best Medicine: Strengthening Family Therapy Skills to Support Children in Crisis

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 67th (Virtual) Annual Meeting

Presented by Nancy Rappaport and John Sargent.

As participants discuss the challenges they face when working with families, they gain the ability to address clinical problems as “tasks” for the family to resolve in the clinical setting and develop skills that enable this family-therapist collaboration. There is a focus on encouraging interactions within and with families that promote effective family function, build hope, enhance flexibility, and leverage the family’s capacity to heal. Participants become familiar with common themes for families that are “stuck” and learn both approaches and interventions that enhance closeness, encourage effective limits, and build understanding and support in the family.

October 22, 2020 11am

Excelsior! Virtual Wisdom for Medical Students and Residents: Advancing Your Career as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 67th (Virtual) Annual Meeting

Trainees interact with prominent child and adolescent psychiatrists, Drs. Rebecca Klisz-Hulbert, Nancy Rappaport, and Andres S. Martin, as they share their journeys and career paths to leadership in the field.

October 20, 2020 11am

Clinical Consultation Breakfast: Engaging Students and Supporting Educators in Schools: Learning through Case Discussion

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 67th (Virtual) Annual Meeting

To best determine appropriate accommodations for dysregulated students, child and adolescent psychiatrists need to be familiar with systemic interventions that schools implement, how those may impact their patients, and how to assess students who have made threats. Participants learn strategies for engaging families in a collaboration with schools to best support their students; and understand how evidence-based, systemic interventions can improve school climate, prevent bullying, assess safety threats, recognize school avoidance, and support students returning to school after hospitalization. Participants are more prepared to assist with systemic interventions, realize the importance of relationship building between students and school adults, and acquire strategies to support collaborative planning.

October 19, 2020 1:30pm

Personal Experiences of Safety Assessment: Student and Family Voices

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 67th (Virtual) Annual Meeting

Dr. Rappaport will present Personal Experiences of Safety Assessment: Student and Family Voices as part of a Clinical Perspectives presentation: Impulsive Behavior or Legitimate Warning?: Preventing, Assessing, and Responding to Student Threats.



October 09, 2020

Resilience in an Uncertain Time: Supporting Students and Families During the Pandemic

The Children's Trust

Registration now open!

During this time of uncertainty and change, adults who work with children and families are rising to the challenge of finding new ways to connect with them, offering practical strategies for coping and thriving, and providing comfort and consistency – all while trying to care for themselves and their own families. Dr. Rappaport will share more practical concepts and tools that educators and social workers can use: maintaining connections, finding contributory activities, communicating in age-appropriate ways, validating questions and worries, balancing structure and rigidity, and supporting those with a history of trauma and challenging home lives. Her suggestions will be based on her many years of clinical experience and experience translating psychiatric concepts into easy actionable steps for educators and families. She will also discuss how taking care of ourselves and building our own resilience allows us to better continue to support children and families and allows us to boost our, and their, capacity to endure and perhaps even thrive.

October 09, 2020 8:30am

Dancing with Prolonged Pandemic Anxiety: Strategies for Supporting Students and Families

Anxiety and Learning: From Research to Practice
October 02, 2020

Webinar series: Beyond the threat: How to tip the balance toward safety in schools while considering the needs and challenges of individual students

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth

October 2 and 16, November 6 and 13, and December 4, 2020

In this 10-hour webinar series, Dr. Nancy Rappaport (and several guest experts) will deepen our understanding of how to respond to students with threatening behavior in substantial ways. She’ll also help us explore the necessary cultural changes we need to make in order to effectively support students and keep our communities safe and connected.

Questions to be considered:

  • How do we as educators/clinicians build relationships with dysregulated kids?
  • How do we teach schools about the impact of structural racism and implicit bias which impact student achievement?
  • How do we support the patterns of kids on the spectrum who are perseverative on violent themes or who express themselves in provocative ways?
  • How do we appropriately implement safety assessments and build a culture of safety?
Special Guests:
Session 2, October 16: Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D.
Dr. Goodrum is Research Associate with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder. Sarah is a sociologist with an emphasis in criminology, and she conducts research on domestic violence, homicide and school violence. In 2016, Sarah co-authored a report on a 2013 school shooting, and the findings from that report are currently being used to develop lessons learned on information sharing and threat assessment for three federally funded projects on school safety.
Session 3, November 6: Dr. Deborah M. Weisbrot
Dr. Weisbrot is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Weisbrot’s current clinical work is focused on her full-time role as a consulting child and adolescent psychiatrist for several therapeutic schools for children and adolescents. She is active on a national level in school consultation issues and has extensive expertise in clinical and research interest in threat assessment in youth.
Session 4, November 13: Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
Michelle specializes in the treatment of individuals with social learning challenges and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®, a company dedicated to helping individuals from four through adulthood develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle coined the term “Social Thinking” in the mid-1990s and since that time has created numerous unique treatment frameworks and curricula that help educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally.
Session 5, December 4: Dr. Meredith Gansner
Dr. Gansner is an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and attending psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance. Her research focuses on problematic digital media use in adolescents and has been awarded the Dupont Warren Fellowship Grant, Livingston and Shore Faculty Development Awards through Harvard Medical School.
June 15, 2020 10am-noon

REMOTE WORKSHOP - Dancing with the prolonged pandemic anxiety: How to have the tough talks, support your students and keep your families grounded

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth

Back by popular demand, Dr. Rappaport will build on the strategies and information from her May webinar. She will discuss supporting children with histories of trauma, how we can anchor ourselves in hope, how to answer children’s difficult questions, strategies for children who may withdraw, and how we continue to strengthen our resilience as we prepare ourselves, our students and families for the long haul in unpredictable circumstances and with an uncertain endpoint.

June 12, 2020 2:30-5pm

Online Program: Safe Communities: Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Erich Lindemann Memorial Lecture at William James College
1 Wells Ave., Newton MA

We are living through an epidemic of acts of major violence in our community, heightening fear, revulsion, and anger. This is a public health issue, an assault on our communities, rather than many individual acts. We struggle with responses that range from building defenses against these acts and actors to dealing preventively with the conditions and maladaptation that leads to this violence. Our speakers bring much research, experience, and thought to this catastrophe, and will help us to understand and respond.

May 15, 2020 10am-12pm

Remote Workshop: Strengthening Our Resilience in an Uncertain Time: Practical Strategies and Inspiration for You and Your Family

The Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.

Description: In this interactive webinar, Dr. Nancy Rappaport will share practical tools for supporting your children and loved ones through this unsettling time. She’ll also facilitate an in-depth discussion about how supporting your children and families starts with focusing on yourself and building your own resilience.

April 01, 2020 9:00am

Webinar: Parenting/Teaching During a Pandemic

Dr. Nancy Rappaport and Dr. Robert Brooks are teaming up to support parents and teachers who are feeling the stress of today’s challenges (health concerns, parenting, financial, and remote education).
Wednesday 4/1 9-9:45am
Friday 4/3 9-9:45am
March 12, 2020 12pm

CANCELED: Keeping Our Schools Safe: What You Should Know About Safety Assessment

Tufts University School of Medicine Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Stearns Auditorium, Tufts University School of Medicine
March 07, 2020

Good Grief Spring Institute: Grief After Suicide

The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ

Dr. Rappaport will present the keynote: “The Words to Say It: Supporting Children After Suicide”.

February 14, 2020 8am-4pm

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

The 2020 General & Special Education Conference
Orlando, FL
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