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

Previous Events

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.
June 15, 2020 10am-noon

REMOTE WORKSHOP - Dancing with the prolonged pandemic anxiety: How to have the tough talks, support your students and keep your families grounded

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth

Back by popular demand, Dr. Rappaport will build on the strategies and information from her May webinar. She will discuss supporting children with histories of trauma, how we can anchor ourselves in hope, how to answer children’s difficult questions, strategies for children who may withdraw, and how we continue to strengthen our resilience as we prepare ourselves, our students and families for the long haul in unpredictable circumstances and with an uncertain endpoint.

June 12, 2020 2:30-5pm

Online Program: Safe Communities: Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Erich Lindemann Memorial Lecture at William James College
1 Wells Ave., Newton MA

We are living through an epidemic of acts of major violence in our community, heightening fear, revulsion, and anger. This is a public health issue, an assault on our communities, rather than many individual acts. We struggle with responses that range from building defenses against these acts and actors to dealing preventively with the conditions and maladaptation that leads to this violence. Our speakers bring much research, experience, and thought to this catastrophe, and will help us to understand and respond.

May 15, 2020 10am-12pm

Remote Workshop: Strengthening Our Resilience in an Uncertain Time: Practical Strategies and Inspiration for You and Your Family

The Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.

Description: In this interactive webinar, Dr. Nancy Rappaport will share practical tools for supporting your children and loved ones through this unsettling time. She’ll also facilitate an in-depth discussion about how supporting your children and families starts with focusing on yourself and building your own resilience.

April 01, 2020 9:00am

Webinar: Parenting/Teaching During a Pandemic

Dr. Nancy Rappaport and Dr. Robert Brooks are teaming up to support parents and teachers who are feeling the stress of today’s challenges (health concerns, parenting, financial, and remote education).
Wednesday 4/1 9-9:45am
Friday 4/3 9-9:45am
March 12, 2020 12pm

CANCELED: 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
March 07, 2020

Good Grief Spring Institute: Grief After Suicide

The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ

Dr. Rappaport will present the keynote: “The Words to Say It: Supporting Children After Suicide”.

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
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


Boston University School of Medicine Psychiatry Grand Rounds
L110, BUSM
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