Upcoming Events

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.
October 09, 2020 8:30am

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

Anxiety and Learning: From Research to Practice
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 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 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 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 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 30, 2020 8:30am PST

Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Safety Assessment Approach

Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego – Psychiatry Grand Rounds
November 12, 2020

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

Tufts University School of Medicine Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Online (Zoom)
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

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
January 27, 2018

How to Navigate Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors in School

Harvard Medical School conference: School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12
Boston, MA
December 13, 2017

Teen Depression: What Families and Schools Can Do for Reluctant Teens

Webinar for the International Bipolar Foundation
October 29, 2017


United Solo Theatre Festival
42nd St., New York, NY
October 15, 2017


United Solo Theatre Festival
42nd St., New York, NY
October 09, 2017


United Solo Theatre Festival
42nd St., New York, NY
October 05, 2017


United Solo Theatre Festival
42nd St., New York, NY
October 04, 2017


United Solo Theatre Festival
42nd St., New York, NY
September 29, 2017


Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge, MA
September 14, 2017

Is this Student Safe at School: A Safety Assessment Model

Campus Threat Assessment, presented by Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, New England Chapter
Boston, MA
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