• This course closed on 07/16/2024.

October 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (In Person)
November 8 , 2023 @ 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Virtual)
November 29, 2023 @ 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Virtual)


Attend In Person

Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School
100 Hemlock Rd.
Wakefield, MA 01880

Participants must attend the in-person and two virtual sessions to receive PDPs and/or CEUs. The virtual sessions will not be recorded.

  • James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Support Unit, Cambridge Police and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Craig Murphy, Ph.D., Family and Educational Wellness Center

Building a comprehensive school mental health leadership team will help school leaders to assess and triage school threats and create effective response and threat mitigation plans using best-practices based on guidelines from the Secret Service and FBI. This full-day live threat assessment training will be limited to 40 participants. Attendees must register for and participate in both the in-person workshop and the 2 live virtual follow-up sessions. School personnel, including but not limited to, administrators, clinical staff and school resource officers who are currently on school threat assessment teams are encouraged to attend.

In the virtual follow-up trainings, Dr. Murphy will present actual cases (i.e., redacted cases) from schools in Massachusetts to illustrate the complexities of threat assessments, as well as the benefits of applying a structured protocol that integrates key information from all respective stakeholders. Specific tools will be reviewed and shared, and report formats will be distributed to school-based teams to utilize and/or modify for use in their respective districts. 

October 27, 2023
Location: Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School, 100 Hemlock Rd., Wakefield
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

November 8, 2023 (Facilitated by Craig Murphy, Ph.D.)
Location: Virtual
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

November 29, 2023 (Facilitated by Craig Murphy, Ph.D.)
Location: Virtual
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

About the SpeakerS
James Barrett, Ph.D.

James Barrett, Ph.D., is the Director of School-Based Programs in the Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the site director of the Safety Net psychology fellowship program and clinical coordinator of the Safety Net Collaborative in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department. Dr. Barrett has presented at numerous national conferences on juvenile justice, preventing retaliatory violence, juvenile risk assessment, and police-mental health partnerships. He is a contributor to Psychological Services, Adolescent Psychiatry, The Community Psychologist, and The Handbook of Human Development for Health Professionals.

Craig Murphy, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Family and Educational Wellness (FEW) Center. Dr. Murphy is a nationally certified school psychologist with over twenty years experience in public schools. He was an Associate Professor of School Psychology at William James College for fifteen years before leaving academia to return to working in schools and private practice. Dr. Murphy is currently the clinical director of the Summit Therapeutic Program for the Bi-County (BICO) Collaborative in Walpole, Massachusetts. In his role at BICO, Dr. Murphy conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, risk assessments, and threat assessments for over 50 school districts throughout Massachusetts as well as consulting with school districts to overcome emotional and educational barriers to learning. His research efforts have focused on changing educator and parent perceptions of students with problem behaviors and fragile emotions and integrating developmental factors into children’s mental health treatment. Finally, Dr. Murphy is the author of The Influential School Leader: Inspiring Teachers, Students, and Families Through Social and Organizational Psychology (2021), a book that he co-authored with Dr. John D’Auria.

Participants must attend the in-person and two virtual sessions to receive PDPs and/or CEUs and must pass the quiz following the second virtual session. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for 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.

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.

If you are seeking to receive CEUs and/or PDPs, please click Register Now. Once you complete the webinar series, you will be able to take quizzes for CEUs and/or PDPs. Upon completion of each quiz, you will receive a certificate.

  • October 27, 2023, Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School, Wakefield, Mass., 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • November 8, 2023, Virtual, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • November 29, 2023, Virtual, 12:30 – 2:30 pm