April 23, 2024 @ 8:15 am – 2:30 pm

In person registration closes April 16, 2024 at 5:00 pm. Virtual registration closes on April 22, 2024.

Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

Attend In Person or Via Zoom

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
1050 Westminster St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420

  • Vanja Pejic, Ph.D., Attending Psychologist and Researcher, Boston Children’s Hospital Trauma and Community Resilience Center
  • Kate Tetuan Parent, LICSW, Associate Director, School-Based Programming, Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships

Traumatic stress and loss impact approximately 1 in 4 children throughout their childhood and adolescence. It is important for educators to understand how trauma affects our students and learn best practices to support them. This conference will discuss the developmental impact of childhood trauma, both in the moment and overtime, as well as explore interventions across multitiered system of support. Participants will learn through content, discussion and activity and leave with tangible strategies and a plan for next steps for themselves and their schools.

About the Speakers
Vanja Pejic

Vanja Pejic, Ph.D., is an attending psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Deeply informed by her own refugee journey, Dr. Pejic’s clinical work, research, and advocacy has primarily focused on examining and reducing health inequities within immigrant and refugee populations. She has an extensive background and interest in the development, delivery, and evaluation of culturally attuned and trauma-informed behavioral health interventions with immigrant and refugee youth and their families in schools and community settings. Dr. Pejic splits her time between two programs at BCH, Trauma and Community Resilience Center in which she serves as a consultant and researcher and she provides clinical care and consultation at Boston International Newcomers Academy, a high school for newly arrived immigrant and refugee youth. Dr.  Pejic is also an adjunct faculty at Boston College and Harvard University. 

Kate Tetuan Parent, LICSW, is a mom, partner, and social worker who has collaborated with schools for over 16 years. Kate has a strong passion for supporting people who have experienced loss. She uses what she has learned from her own losses, as well as what she has learned from her students and families, to encourage and advocate for discussion and support around loss. Throughout Kate’s career, she has worked for partner organizations that work within the Boston Public Schools, providing individual therapy, clinical consultation, and systems consultation. Kate currently works for Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships as the Associate Director of the School-Based Programming. Kate has published and presented on the topic of ambiguous loss and looks forward to continuing the conversations as a way to normalize the grief process.

To receive PDPs, participants must attend this conference and the conference, System Builders: Cultivating School-Based Mental Health Leadership, on April 30, 2024. Members can participate in-person, virtually or by viewing the recording. If you do not qualify for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may request a Certificate of Attendance.

Membership Information

Most MPY webinars are available ONLY to current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must pass the quiz. The PDP quiz will be made available only be participants who have registered for and attended both conferences.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar you must cancel, through Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org, one business day before the webinar.

For MPY hybrid conferences, the date in-person registration closes will be posted on MPY’s website. Virtual conference registration will close one business day before the hybrid conference. You cannot cancel or switch your registration from in-person to virtual after in-person registration closes. Please email Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org with any questions regarding registration.

Register Virtually


Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm