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 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.

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
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
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 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

Previous Events

February 08, 2020

Irresponsible Behavior or Legitimate Threat? Understanding the Difference

School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12
February 04, 2020 12-1:15pm

Keeping Our Schools Safe: What Every Educator Should Know About Safety Assessment 2020

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.

December 05, 2019 12pm

Resilience

Boston University School of Medicine Psychiatry Grand Rounds
L110, BUSM
November 22, 2019

Safety Assessment Teams

Teachers21 Behavioral Health Strategies in Schools Seminar Series
William James College, Newton, MA
November 14, 2019

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Massachusetts School Psychology Association Fall Conference
Springfield, MA
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

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