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
May 26, 2021

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

Lincoln-Sudbury schools

Dr. Rappaport will give two talks for the Lincoln-Sudbury schools – one for parents on 5/26 and one for educators on 6/9.

During the pandemic, parents and 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 others. 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:

  • Describe strategies for connecting with and supporting children, including those with trauma histories and those who are neurodiverse, during the pandemic
  • List strategies for building long-term resilience
  • 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

Previous Events

October 24, 2013

Medical Student and Resident Breakfast: Inspiration for Success in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting
Orlando, FL
October 23, 2013

"Impossible" at School: Consulting on Violent, Disruptive, and Highly Unusual Kids

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting
Orlando, FL
June 10, 2013

Accepting the Challenge: Understanding and Educating Students with Behavioral, Attentional and Emotional Learning Needs

Massachusetts Administrators of Special Education June Statewide Conference
Worcester, MA
May 29, 2013

In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Impact of Her Mother’s Life and Suicide

Aeschi West: Basic Principles in Working with Suicidal Patients
Vail, CO
May 29, 2013

Working with Suicidal Teens: Approach, Connection, Fluidity, and Collaboration with Parent and Teen

Aeschi West: Basic Principles in Working with Suicidal Patients
Vail, CO
May 08, 2013

The Behavior Code: Practical Tips for Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Brown University
Providence, RI
May 04, 2013

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

MCLE School Law Conference
Boston, MA
May 02, 2013

Real World Strategies for Working with Challenging Students

Walker Trieschman Institute of Research & Training Distinguished Author Series, Walker School
Needham, MA
April 10, 2013

Improving the Odds for Children's Safety In Schools: Lessons Learned

New Jersey Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Newark, NJ
February 09, 2013

The Behavior Code: Practical Strategies for Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety-Related and Disruptive Behavior

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Newton, MA
February 06, 2013

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

Seminar for Federation for Children with Special Needs
February 02, 2013

Real-World Strategies for Understanding and Teaching Challenging Students

Harvard Medical School conference: School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12
Boston, MA
January 15, 2013

I Didn’t Mean to…: The Student with Sexualized Behavior

Webinar for Federation for Children with Special Needs
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