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

Upcoming Events

March 12, 2020 12pm

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

Tufts University School of Medicine Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Stearns Auditorium, Tufts University School of Medicine
February 14, 2020 8am-4pm

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

The 2020 General & Special Education Conference
Orlando, FL
February 12, 2020 8am-4pm

Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Safety Assessment Approach

The 2020 General & Special Education Conference
Orlando, FL
December 05, 2019 12pm

Resilience

Boston University School of Medicine Psychiatry Grand Rounds
L110, BUSM
November 14, 2019

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Massachusetts School Psychology Association Fall Conference
Springfield, MA

Previous Events

November 07, 2019 8:45-10am

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

2019 Joint Conference of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS)
Hyannis, MA
November 01, 2019 9am-4:30pm

Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Safety Assessment Approach

William James College
Newton, MA

This full-day workshop for individuals or school teams will allow schools to understand how a safety assessment team fits into a complete approach to school safety and will present a comprehensive school safety assessment approach for students whose behavior raises concern about their potential for violence. Role play and case studies will be used to deepen understanding.

October 18, 2019 7-8:30am

Clinical Consultation Breakfast 7: Family is the Best Medicine: Strengthening Family Therapy Skills to Support Children in Crisis

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's 66th Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL

Presented by Dr. Rappaport and Dr. John Sargent

Cultivating the ability to strengthen families is vital to supporting children and adolescents in crisis. Attendees gain the ability to look at clinical problems as challenges for the family to resolve with help of the child and adolescent psychiatrist and develop skills that enable them to foster this collaboration. In reviewing cases presented by attendees, presenters look at common themes of families that are “stuck” and discuss approaches that enhance closeness, encourage effective limits, and build understanding and support in the family. Attendees learn to use encouraging interactions within and with families to alter problematic relationships and promote effective family function and recovery.

October 18, 2019 1:30-4pm

Clinical Perspectives 57.2: Get Them in the Door: Updates on the Assessment and Treatment of School Refusal

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's 66th Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
October 17, 2019 1:30-4pm

Clinical Perspectives 39.1: Life Members’ Wisdom Clinical Perspectives: Four Unique Perspectives on the Physician-Patient Relationship in Child Psychiatry

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's 66th Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
October 04, 2019

Finding Our Way: Healing Our Traumatized Children

Four Winds Hospitals
Saratoga Springs, NY

Download the flyer with registration form here!

June 26, 2019

Finding Our Way: Healing Our Traumatized Children

Archdiocese of Boston - Catholic Schools Office
Braintree, MA

Many children face adversity with traumatic abuse, neglect, or special needs that often leads to apathy, learning problems, or aggressive behavior. Dr. Rappaport presents a comprehensive, accessible, and flexible framework for intervention with traumatized children and their caregivers. As the author of the influential book Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, she will share the FAIR plan method of understanding and improving behavior in challenging students which looks at the function of the behavior, accommodations, interventions, and nurturing responses to traumatized children. Dr. Rappaport will offer new strategies for healing support to promote resilience and motivation in the children who need us the most. Dr. Rappaport will use interactive case studies to allow participants to engage with the FAIR plan method right away.

Dr. Rappaport also has provided assessments and consultation to schools for over twenty years addressing whether a “child is safe to be in school” and her research shows that many times these are students with significant trauma. She will provide critical information about building a safety assessment team as well as provide an overview of warning signals for substantive threats while also emphasizing context and nurturing developmental competencies in traumatized children.

May 02, 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
7931 Connecticut Ave Chevy Chase, MD

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 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

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