In addition to sharing valuable insights, Nancy’s conversational tone and ability to show vulnerability in her practice brings her listeners in, creates a space for empathy and learning, and inspires us to connect at a deeper level with more people. And, one hopes, we will all make a bigger impact because of that.

— Participant
School Mental Health Course

Dr. Rappaport is available to speak or conduct longer workshops upon request on topics including the following:

  • The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students
  • Resilience: Understanding and Teaching Challenging Children Without Burnout
  • Compassion, Burnout, and Empathic Fatigue: Building Resilience in Our Patients and Ourselves
  • “Is This Student Safe to Return?” A Comprehensive School Safety Assessment Approach
  • After a Suicide: Helping Children Heal
  • Teen Depression: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do
  • Finding Our Way: Healing Our Traumatized Children
  • The Power of Reflection: The Role of Narrative in Medicine
  • Advocating for Patients and Educating about Suicide: Drawing from Personal and Clinical Experience

Upcoming Events

February 07, 2023 7pm

Teen Depression: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community
Winchester High School Library
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

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.

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
November 02, 2022

Supporting Youth With Depression

Children's Trust 30th Annual A View from All Sides Conference
Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA

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 teens and families 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 professionals and families.

October 22, 2022 7-8:30am

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

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
Discussion focuses on addressing clinical problems as challenges for the family to resolve with the help of the child and adolescent psychiatrist, and on promoting effective family function and recovery. Cases presented by participants are used to identify common themes voiced by families that are “stuck” and develop questions and approaches that enhance closeness, encourage effective limits, and build understanding and support within the family. Participants develop skills to effectively engage with the family, build family-therapist collaboration, enhance flexibility, promote appropriate distance in relationships, and resolve conflicts to ensure cooperation that builds family hopefulness and improves family function in relation to the presenting problem.
October 20, 2022 1:30-4:30pm

Workshop 23: The Essential Threat Assessment Toolkit: What Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists Need to Know

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
Psychiatric threat assessment is an intervention providing essential psychiatric and educational treatment recommendations to schools and parents. Case vignettes and videos are used to introduce and demonstrate the psychiatric threat assessment process, the consultation process with parents of students who make threats, and effective engagement with school administrators and educators. Presentations look at warning behaviors, social media threats, copycat phenomena, and family dynamics. Participants discuss strategies for identifying and safely managing aggressive students in schools and collaborating with family and school personnel to gather critical information. The role of the child and adolescent psychiatrist in addressing firearm safety issues is discussed. Participants receive a set of resources to continue the learning experience and to educate others.
October 20, 2022 8-11am

Workshop 20: Writers Unblock: A Motivationally Enhancing Writing Workshop for Writers at Any Level

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
Writers at all levels of experience enhance their writing in a welcoming, nurturing, and non-judgmental space. Presenters address barriers to writing and give specific, measurable, achievable, and timely ways that participants can advance their writing. Participants learn about opportunities to incorporate various forms of writing into their training or career; hear from expert writers about their process and strategies for writing; and engage in a real-time writing exercise that motivates and inspires writing efforts beyond the Workshop. Prior to attending, participants have the opportunity to complete a survey about their interests and are invited to pair with another participant to share a writing piece for feedback and advice.
October 18, 2022 8-10:30am

The Disruptors: A Deep Dive into ADHD

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
The Disruptors is a 90-minute, award-winning documentary about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the people who have it. The documentary includes major experts in the field, many famous people who have ADHD, and five stories of people with ADHD from diagnosis through treatment. Executive producer of the film and experts in the field discuss this most common neurodevelopmental disorder to encourage understanding of a strengths-based approach to treatment. Participants gain new understanding of what it is like to live with ADHD and a new perspective on working with those with the disorder. Filmmakers hope that The Disruptors can reach and educate youth in underserved communities where there is often little access to information about ADHD and limited clinical help due to the lack of access to doctors with substantive understanding of ADHD.
October 04, 2022

MPY School Attendance Summit: Present and Accounted For

May 16, 2022

The Black Hole of School Avoidance: Strategies to Move Ahead

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth

School avoidance describes students whose chronic absence from school is associated with some degree of psychiatric symptoms. Chronic absenteeism is a risk factor for a number of behaviors including suicidality, substance use, unsafe sexual behavior, and school drop-out. Early recognition of school avoidance, diagnosis and treatment of any underlying concerns, understanding of school and family dynamics, and targeted accommodations and interventions are vital to prevent increasing problems. Using case examples, Dr. Rappaport will give an overview of school avoidance, review disorders that may underlie it (including anxiety and mood disorders and neurological and medical conditions), describe concrete accommodations that schools can make to support the school avoidant child, and discuss approaches to successful collaboration between family, school, and health care providers.

February 08, 2022

Supporting Youth through the Pandemic & Beyond: What Families, Schools and Carlisle Can Do

WBYC Speaker Series
Nancy Rappaport, MD will discuss the challenges that parents, care givers, and teachers face when supporting children who are suffering from grief and loss during these uncertain times. Her talk is based on her many years of translating psychiatric concepts into easy actionable steps for educators and families.
February 08, 2022 10am-12pm

Taking Charge of Your Emotions: Parent Guidance for DBT Skills

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth

In this interactive workshop with Dr. Claire Bogan and Dr. Nancy Rappaport, emotional regulation skills for teens will be presented. These concrete strategies taught in this webinar will be guided by “DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents*” and are designed to support emotion regulation skill development both in school and at home. Resources to support parents/guardians with home practice will be provided during this session.

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.

January 19, 2022 10am-12pm

Building a Culture of Safety in Classrooms: Awareness, Assessment, and Monitoring

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth

More than ever educators recognize the importance of identifying and supporting students experiencing mental or behavioral health challenges.  Dr. Rappaport and Dr. Goodrum will discuss the ways educators can promote a culture of safety in their schools and classrooms by recognizing the warning signs for mental or behavioral health challenges, conducting threat assessments to evaluate and manage students of concern, and sharing information to support the students’ reintegration and success (or prevent any potential decline).

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
November 04, 2021

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

Wilmington Public Schools
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