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For this webinar series, participants will automatically be enrolled in all 5 sessions.

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Speaker

Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., Hirshberg Behavioral Services, LLC

Description

Human beings face obstacles, challenges, and disappointments every day that lead to uncomfortable feelings. Our ability to bounce back or be resilient to these difficulties plays a large role in our ability to adapt and thrive in life. This webinar series will explore the factors that contribute to resilience and how it can be taught in the classroom to promote effective coping. 

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a quiz following Session 5. Following the live webinar, registrants will be emailed a link to view the recorded webinar. The recording will be made available for 7 days after each session.

Life is stressful.  All humans will experience obstacles, misfortune, and the difficult emotions that come with it.  Our ability to learn, adapt, and bounce back from these inevitable challenges, defined as resilience, is incredibly important for our overall wellbeing and life success.  This session will define resilience and the internal and external variables that help build it. 

Avoidance coping means engaging in a behavior that moves away from or dampens the emotional arousal related to a given event. This coping style is often seen in individuals experiencing emotional disorders. This session will discuss the role that avoidance coping plays in the classroom and school setting and explores systemic responses to address it.

Our students need to learn strategies to actively manage difficult emotions so that they do not shy away from challenges that may elicit discomfort. This session will focus on teaching cognitive or thinking strategies to students to support adaptive coping. Participants will both understand resilience thinking, and also how to embed these concepts into daily routines to help achieve skill generalization.

Our students need to learn strategies to actively manage difficult emotions so that they do not shy away from challenges that may elicit discomfort. This session will focus on teaching behavioral strategies to support adaptive coping. This includes proactive strategies to keep stress low as well as early reactive approaches to take “effective breaks” to allow a child to reset and reengage in a task.  In addition, participants will learn about supporting students to choose to engage in healthy experiences that elicit discomfort.

Our students need to learn strategies to actively manage difficult emotions so that they do not shy away from challenges that may elicit discomfort. This session will focus on teaching behavioral strategies to support adaptive coping. This includes proactive strategies to keep stress low as well as early reactive approaches to take “effective breaks” to allow a child to reset and reengage in a task. In addition, participants will learn about supporting students to choose to engage in healthy experiences that elicit discomfort.

About the Speaker
Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., Hirshberg Behavioral Services, LLC

Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., is the founder and executive director of Hirshberg Behavioral Health Services, LLC in Hadley, Massachusetts. Dr. Hirshberg is a clinical psychologist who provides behavioral consultation, professional development, and psychological assessment services to schools across Massachusetts. He also has a small outpatient therapy practice focused on using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for individuals with anxiety and mood disorders. His interest areas include Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in schools, trauma informed practices, and developing in-district social-emotional programs.

Participants must attend all 5 sessions, either live or recorded, to receive PDPs and/or CEUs. 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.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must pass the quiz.

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.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 11/02/2023.

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.

All sessions are 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

  • Session 1: November 2, 2023, Understanding Resilience
  • Session 2: November 16, 2023, Understanding the Power of Avoidance Coping in Schools
  • Session 3: November 30, 2023, Teaching and Embedding Adaptive Coping: Cognitive Strategies
  • Session 4: December 14, 2023, Teaching and Embedding Adaptive Coping: Behavioral Strategies
  • Session 5: December 20, 2023, SEL: Addressing Common Social-Emotional Challenges by Building Resilience