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

June 26, 2021

Resilience in an Uncertain Time: Supporting Students and Families During the Pandemic and Beyond

13th Global Social Thinking Providers Conference

During the pandemic, adults who work with children and families have risen to the challenge of finding new ways to connect, 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 practical concepts and tools that participants can use to continue this work: 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 during uncertain and challenging times.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe strategies for connecting with and supporting students, including those with trauma histories and those who are neurodiverse, during the pandemic
  2. List strategies for building long-term resilience
  3. Describe techniques for addressing children’s worries and anxieties and communicating in age-appropriate ways
April 29, 2021 6:30pm

Dancing with Pandemic Anxiety: How Parents and Educators Can Support Kids

Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham & King Philip Schools
April 12, 2021 6:30pm

Nurturing Resilience in Children, Through the Pandemic and Beyond

Womenade Boston

During the pandemic, adults who work with children and families have risen to the challenge of finding new ways to connect, cope, and provide comfort and consistency – all while trying to care for themselves and their own families. Dr. Rappaport will discuss how we can nurture resilience in ourselves and in the children in our lives, boosting our, and their, capacity to endure and perhaps even thrive in uncertain and challenging situations. Based on her many years of clinical experience, she will share practical ways to build resilience: maintaining connections, building a meaningful narrative, finding contributory activities, communicating in age-appropriate ways, validating questions and worries, balancing structure and rigidity, and supporting others, particularly those with a history of trauma.

Previous Events

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.

October 19, 2018

Finding our Way - Healing our Traumatized Children

Kurn Hattin 27th Annual Fall Conference
708 Kurn Hattin Road Westminster VT
September 25, 2018

Strengthen Your District Crisis Preparedness With a Safety Assessment Team

The Education Cooperative
141 Mansion Dr., East Walpole MA

TEC is partnering with Dr. Nancy Rappaport to offer a year long Professional Development opportunity designed to leverage your in-district capacity to keep potential violence from becoming real by establishing a Safety Assessment Team and implementing a formal framework of threat assessment and intervention.

Your team will learn from expert speakers, collaborate with teams from districts across our regional learning community and work together to design and implement a comprehensive Safety Assessment protocol for your district.

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