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 09, 2013

The Behavior Code: Practical Strategies for Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety-Related and Disruptive Behavior

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Newton, MA
February 06, 2013

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Seminar for Federation for Children with Special Needs
February 02, 2013

Real-World Strategies for Understanding and Teaching Challenging Students

Harvard Medical School conference: School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12
Boston, MA
January 15, 2013

I Didn’t Mean to…: The Student with Sexualized Behavior

Webinar for Federation for Children with Special Needs
November 30, -0001

Building Connections and Hope: What Families, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Support Youth with Depression During the Pandemic and Beyond:

Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Youth Suicide Prevention Conference
Dr. Rappaport will discuss what depression may look like in teens at home and at school, how to intervene when concerned a teen may be suicidal, and how to connect with and support teens with depression during the pandemic and beyond. She will also discuss how building resilience in ourselves and in the teens in our lives allows us to boost our, and their, capacity to endure and perhaps even thrive during uncertain and challenging times. Her talk is based on her many years of clinical experience and experience translating psychiatric concepts into easy actionable steps for educators and families.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of depression in teens
  • List strategies for connecting with and supporting teens, including those with trauma histories and those with depression, during the pandemic
  • Describe steps to take when concerned a teen is having suicidal thoughts
November 30, -0001

Supporting Youth with Depression During the Pandemic and Beyond: What Families, Schools, and Communities Can Do

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth

Dr. Rappaport will discuss what depression may look like in teens at home and at school, how to proceed when concerned a teen may be suicidal, and how to connect with and support teens with depression during the pandemic and beyond. She will also discuss how building resilience in ourselves and in the teens in our lives allows us to boost our, and their, capacity to endure and perhaps even thrive during uncertain and challenging times. Her talk is based on her many years of clinical experience and experience translating psychiatric concepts into easy actionable steps for educators and families.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of depression in teens
  • List strategies for connecting with and supporting teens, including those with trauma histories and those with depression, during the pandemic
  • Describe steps to take when concerned a teen is having suicidal thoughts

 

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