Upcoming Events

January 29, 2021

School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12

Harvard Medical School

Registration now open!

Given the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, schools are forced to adapt the ways in which they meet the educational needs as well as to support the emotional wellbeing of students. The course is designed to provide the learner with the evolving understanding of how to recognize the gaps in learning and design appropriate educational interventions. The emphasis is on practical and timely clinical information and skills based on research, including evidence-based practices, and innovative learning strategies. We will use live streaming, electronic Q & A, and other remote learning technologies.

Previous Events

April 11, 2019 7:30am-5pm

Compassion, Burnout, and Empathic Fatigue: Building Resilience in our Patients and Ourselves

Rethinking Teen Mental Health - A Path to Sustainable Healing
252 Welles Street Glastonbury, CT

Helping young people succeed includes understanding and managing challenging behaviors while finding ways to sustain our passion for the work and avoid burnout. This presentation uses stories and research findings to discuss how to build resilience in adolescents and ourselves, and how to keep ourselves “in the game” when working with children with challenging behavior.

April 04, 2019 12:00pm

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

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, BU School of Medicine
BU Medical School L112

March 29, 2019 8:30am-noon

Behavioral Health Emergencies in the PreK-8 Classroom

William James College, 1 Wells Ave. Ste. 402, Newton MA 02459


March 06, 2019 12pm

Keeping Our Schools Safe: What Every Educator Should Know About Safety Assessment

Webinar - William James College

This webinar presents an overview of a comprehensive school safety assessment approach for students whose behavior raises concern about their potential for violence. This presentation will draw from Dr. Rappaport’s research and clinical work as a child psychiatrist consulting to schools to present a model that can help prevent school violence while getting students and families the services they need. Targeted school violence is rare, making schools relatively safe places. However, every school must assess be familiar with basic concepts for quickly and comprehensively assessing the safety of students who are volatile and may make threats, write a hit list, destroy property, or post concerning content online. The safety assessment model emphasizes understanding the context of the behavior and helping adults mobilize the resources needed to address the student’s and family’s needs and enhance the student’s safety, connection, and well-being. The content will draw from Dr. Rappaport’s publications, research, and experience with safety assessments in schools, as well as the work of the Safe Schools Initiative, Cornell & Sheras, and others.

February 07, 2019

School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12

Boston, MA
February 05, 2019

When a Doctor Becomes a Patient

The Osler Society at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Room W134, Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra University, North Campus

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1pm and 6pm

The dramatic presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion led by Dr. Nancy Rappaport and Dr. David Elkowitz, both of whom recently made the journey from doctor to patient. The discussion will emphasize developing greater empathy, especially in diagnosis-sharing encounters, with a focus on the narrative, or backstories, that all patients come with, and how those stories can be so important in understanding patients.

December 07, 2018 7:30am-3:30pm

School Safety Assessment

METCO Directors' Associations 34th Annual Educators Conference: Brown and Black Children: Hidden in Plain Sight
Four Points Sheraton Norwood Hotel, Norwood, MA

December 05, 2018

2 day – Cracking the Behavior Code: High Impact Trauma-Informed Strategies for Challenging, Oppositional & Aggressive Students

Dedham, MA

Two-day Training through PESI, 12/5-6/2018 – in person in Dedham, MA or via webcast!

October 26, 2018

Managing Challenging Behavior: Helping Struggling Adolescents

Understanding Adolescent Trauma through Authentic Connection
Convene Conference Center, 730 3rd Avenue, New York, NY

‘Understanding Adolescent Trauma Through Authentic Connection’ is a one-day symposium designed for professionals in the addictions and behavioral health fields — primarily addiction/mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, and family therapists.

Managing Challenging Behavior: Helping Struggling Adolescents
Nancy Rappaport, MD

Nancy Rappaport is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and is currently a part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry. Working as a science teacher at an innovative elementary school in Harlem, NY where she advocated for support for struggling families was a life-altering experience and inspired her to enter medical school. Dr. Rappaport received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness in 2012. She also received Cambridge Health Alliance’s Art of Healing Award in 2013—an award given to one who “transcends boundaries, joyfully embraces humanity, and profoundly inspires the healing of body and spirit.
Many children face adversity with traumatic abuse, neglect, or special needs that often leads to apathy, learning problems, or aggressive behavior. Dr. Rappaport, author of the influential book The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, will present the FAIR plan method: a comprehensive, accessible, and flexible framework for intervention with traumatized children and their caregivers. This method of understanding and improving behavior in challenging students looks at the function of the behavior, accommodations, interventions, and nurturing responses to traumatized children, with an emphasis on building relationships.

October 19, 2018

Finding our Way - Healing our Traumatized Children

Kurn Hattin 27th Annual Fall Conference
708 Kurn Hattin Road Westminster VT
September 25, 2018

Strengthen Your District Crisis Preparedness With a Safety Assessment Team

The Education Cooperative
141 Mansion Dr., East Walpole MA

TEC is partnering with Dr. Nancy Rappaport to offer a year long Professional Development opportunity designed to leverage your in-district capacity to keep potential violence from becoming real by establishing a Safety Assessment Team and implementing a formal framework of threat assessment and intervention.

Your team will learn from expert speakers, collaborate with teams from districts across our regional learning community and work together to design and implement a comprehensive Safety Assessment protocol for your district.

May 03, 2018 9:00 AM

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Rehab Seminars' General and Special Education Conference
Town and Country San Diego, Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA

Two-day interactive workshop:

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students- Part 1


The Behavior Code: Focus on Case Studies, Communication, and Resilience- Part 2

More information

April 25, 2018 3:30 PM

Is This Student Safe to Return? A Comprehensive School Safety Assessment Approach

7th Annual World Conference on Violence in Schools and Public Policy & 7th Biennial CQJDC Conference
Quebec City Convention Center, 1000 Boulevard René-Lévesque E, Ville de Québec, QC G1A 1B4, Canada
April 20, 2018 1:45 PM

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching Challenging Children Without Burnout

Learning and the Brain: Educating Mindful Minds
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, NY
March 27, 2018

Compassion, Burnout, and Empathic Fatigue: Building Resilience in Our Patients and Ourselves

Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Maine Medical Center, Portland ME
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