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

November 02, 2022

Supporting Youth With Depression

Children's Trust 30th Annual A View from All Sides Conference
Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA

Dr. Rappaport will discuss what depression may look like in teens at home and at school, how to proceed when concerned a teen may be suicidal, and how to connect with and support teens with depression during the pandemic and beyond. She will also discuss how building resilience in ourselves and in teens and families allows us to boost our, and their, capacity to endure and perhaps even thrive during uncertain and challenging times. Her talk is based on her many years of clinical experience and experience translating psychiatric concepts into easy actionable steps for professionals and families.

October 22, 2022 7-8:30am

Family is the Best Medicine: Strengthening Family Therapy Skills to Support Children in Crisis

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
Discussion focuses on addressing clinical problems as challenges for the family to resolve with the help of the child and adolescent psychiatrist, and on promoting effective family function and recovery. Cases presented by participants are used to identify common themes voiced by families that are “stuck” and develop questions and approaches that enhance closeness, encourage effective limits, and build understanding and support within the family. Participants develop skills to effectively engage with the family, build family-therapist collaboration, enhance flexibility, promote appropriate distance in relationships, and resolve conflicts to ensure cooperation that builds family hopefulness and improves family function in relation to the presenting problem.
October 20, 2022 1:30-4:30pm

Workshop 23: The Essential Threat Assessment Toolkit: What Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists Need to Know

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
Psychiatric threat assessment is an intervention providing essential psychiatric and educational treatment recommendations to schools and parents. Case vignettes and videos are used to introduce and demonstrate the psychiatric threat assessment process, the consultation process with parents of students who make threats, and effective engagement with school administrators and educators. Presentations look at warning behaviors, social media threats, copycat phenomena, and family dynamics. Participants discuss strategies for identifying and safely managing aggressive students in schools and collaborating with family and school personnel to gather critical information. The role of the child and adolescent psychiatrist in addressing firearm safety issues is discussed. Participants receive a set of resources to continue the learning experience and to educate others.
October 20, 2022 8-11am

Workshop 20: Writers Unblock: A Motivationally Enhancing Writing Workshop for Writers at Any Level

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
Writers at all levels of experience enhance their writing in a welcoming, nurturing, and non-judgmental space. Presenters address barriers to writing and give specific, measurable, achievable, and timely ways that participants can advance their writing. Participants learn about opportunities to incorporate various forms of writing into their training or career; hear from expert writers about their process and strategies for writing; and engage in a real-time writing exercise that motivates and inspires writing efforts beyond the Workshop. Prior to attending, participants have the opportunity to complete a survey about their interests and are invited to pair with another participant to share a writing piece for feedback and advice.
October 18, 2022 8-10:30am

The Disruptors: A Deep Dive into ADHD

AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting
Toronto, ON
The Disruptors is a 90-minute, award-winning documentary about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the people who have it. The documentary includes major experts in the field, many famous people who have ADHD, and five stories of people with ADHD from diagnosis through treatment. Executive producer of the film and experts in the field discuss this most common neurodevelopmental disorder to encourage understanding of a strengths-based approach to treatment. Participants gain new understanding of what it is like to live with ADHD and a new perspective on working with those with the disorder. Filmmakers hope that The Disruptors can reach and educate youth in underserved communities where there is often little access to information about ADHD and limited clinical help due to the lack of access to doctors with substantive understanding of ADHD.

Previous Events

November 08, 2013

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

CHADD Annual International Conference on ADHD
Crystal City, VA
November 06, 2013

From Child Trauma to Childhood Strength

Lesley University Child Homelessness Conversation
Cambridge, MA
October 25, 2013

Life Members Wisdom Clinical Perspectives "Plays Well With Others" vs. "My Way or the Highway": The Revolutionary Evolution of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Relationship with Pediatrics and Schools

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