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

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.

November 12, 2020

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

Tufts University School of Medicine Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Online (Zoom)
October 30, 2020 8:30am PST

Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Safety Assessment Approach

Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego – Psychiatry Grand Rounds
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 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 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 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 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 09, 2020 8:30am

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

Anxiety and Learning: From Research to Practice
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.

Previous Events

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

December 05, 2018

2 day – Cracking the Behavior Code: High Impact Trauma-Informed Strategies for Challenging, Oppositional & Aggressive Students

PESI
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.

2:00–3:30pm
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.

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