Upcoming Events

September 30, 2021

Inly School: Parent Conversation

October 21, 2021

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Rehab Seminars:

This interactive workshop will teach participants about classroom interventions and building resilience for students who have anxiety, depression, or oppositional behavior and who may be explosive, as well as those who have experienced trauma (including the impacts of the pandemic). The morning session will introduce participants to the FAIR Plan method of understanding and improving behavior in challenging students, which looks at the function of the behavior, accommodations, interventions, and response to the behavior. The impact of trauma will also be addressed, and many tools and concrete strategies will be introduced with an emphasis on helping students feel safe to accelerate learning; and strategies for working together with challenging parents to support their students and build better working relationships. Participants will work together on case studies using the information presented in order to deepen their understanding. In the afternoon, following a discussion of understanding and working with depressed students, including those who may be suicidal, the workshop will conclude with a discussion of how we can build resilience in both our students and ourselves. Handouts will include a detailed reference list for further reading on topics covered throughout the day. This workshop will provide the information, skills, and concrete strategies that educators need to make a crucial difference for students with challenging behavior.

Course Objectives

  • Use strategies that enhance relationships with students with challenging behavior as a life-saving connection and address underlying skill deficits

  • List the elements of a FAIR behavior plan

  • Describe why traditional behavior plans of reward and consequences often do not work for students with challenging behavior such as anxiety and oppositional behavior

  • Describe strategies for collaborating with parents, including those who may be disengaged or angry, to build an alliance and give concrete suggestions to help students with challenging behavior

  • List signs and symptoms of depression in children and adolescents

  • Identify steps to take when concerned a student may be suicidal

  • Describe strategies for reintegrating students at school following a hospitalization

  • Describe strategies for building resilience in students

  • Identify tools for building resilience in self and in fellow educators

Course Schedule
8:00-9:30 Understanding and teaching the most challenging students
9:30-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 Working with challenging students…and challenging parents
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Keeping kids alive: working with depressed kids and families
2:00-2:30 Break
2:30-4:00 Building resilience
4:00 Course evaluation
October 27, 2021 4-6pm

Institute 4: The Psychiatrist’s Role in School Safety: Preventing, Assessing, and Responding to Student Threats

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's 68th Annual Meeting

Child and adolescent psychiatrists are increasingly asked to make judgments about student safety and violence prevention in schools. Participants review the current research on assessing student threats, broaden their knowledge base of the safety/threat assessment process, and learn critical information necessary to complete a threat assessment. Topics covered include school violence perception, performing a safety/threat assessment, and developing programs to support students, families, and educators responding to school safety issues. Case discussions and question and answer periods are integral to understanding the level of risk, practicing case formulation, and planning next steps. Participants receive helpful tools and develop skills to assist them in working with schools to gather information, assess student safety, intervene appropriately, and make follow-up recommendations.


Presented with Dr. Sarah Goodrum, Dr. Farah Williams, Dr. Deborah Weisbrot, Dr. Saneliso Masuku, and Dr. Meredith Gansner.

October 29, 2021 11am-2pm

Workshop 34: Writers Un-Block: An Individualized, Intensive, and Motivationally Enhancing Writing Workshop

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's 68th Annual Meeting
Want an insider’s scoop on successful writing careers and advice on your own work? This Workshop welcomes writers at all levels of experience. It is designed to provide education and clear steps to enhance one’s writing in a welcoming, nurturing, and non-judgmental space. After a short discussion of ways writing can enhance one’s life and some guidance on getting started, accomplished writers share examples of their work and discuss their writing process. Then, participants have the opportunity to share their own work. Prior to attending, participants are encouraged to submit a writing piece to be reviewed by panel members for expert feedback and advice that can advance their writing in specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely ways.
Presented with Dr. Desiree Shapiro, Dr. Andres Martin, and Dr. Heidi Banh
November 16, 2021

Keynote: Making a Difference Conference

Making a Difference Conference of the Recruitment, Training and Support Center (RTSC) for Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), A Project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs
February 04, 2022

School Safety Assessments with Case

School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12
Online OR at the Fairmont Copley Plaza

Presented with Dr. Sarah Goodrum.

Previous Events

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
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
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