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



David Gotthelf, Ph.D., NCSP


This five-session webinar reviews the major issues affecting our students’ social/emotional growth and how we may address them. Social/emotional learning and management has become a significant issue for all individuals and is a major issue in the development of school age children, continuing through high school and into college. How we address this and how we can integrate this into our work with students, both instructively and intrinsically, has become an important and fundamental goal for parents, educators, clinicians, and all members of our community. 

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.

Session 1 examines our students’ social and emotional needs along with the disabilities that  might affect those needs. Coverage will include three structural models designed to both explicitly and implicitly address those needs.

Session 2 will review Carol Dweck’s Growth mindset model along with research information supporting this model. We will cover how we can use this model with students of all ages, as well as ourselves and colleagues. 

This session examines how social awareness, social thinking, and social interaction skills develop, and how our students react to others as they grow. The session will cover how students identified with ASD and or other social challenges grow socially and how we can help these students. The session also covers a major challenge of social interaction, bullying, and how we can help all students react effectively and appropriately.

This session examines executive functioning, how it is defined, how it develops, and how it affects academic progress. Executive functioning is closely related to social/emotional functioning, and this will be closely examined, including challenges related to anxiety, depression, and mood regulation. 

This session will review the key points that have been covered and that are related to our students’ social and emotional development. We will also review some of the most recent concerns noted in the media and in journals regarding children and adolescents and how we can use recent models and treatments in and out of school to address their social/emotional needs.

About the Speaker

David Gotthelf is a licensed psychologist provider, school psychologist, and special education administrator.  Areas of interest and expertise include assessment and treatment of anxiety, executive functioning, and high functioning ASD. He has over 35 years of experience working in schools and clinical settings, including the Wellesley, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Newton Public Schools.  Following his “retirement” from Newton Public Schools, he served as the program manager for teens and young adults with high functioning ASD at MGH’s Aspire Program. Dr. Gotthelf currently has a private practice, providing therapy and evaluation services.  In addition to the training webinars he provides for MPY, Dr. Gotthelf has taught at Boston University and Northeastern University, and is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Butler University.

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, 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 with any questions regarding registration.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 10/04/2023.

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 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

  • Session 1: October 6, 2023, Social/Emotional Growth: Student Needs and General Models of Addressing Them
  • Session 2: October 20, 2023, Growth Mindset: An Important and Fundamental Model for Student Learning
  • Session 3: November 17, 2023, Social Awareness, Social Thinking, Social Interaction: Helping Students With These Skills
  • Session 4: December 1, 2023, Executive Functioning and How it Affects Student Achievement and Social Growth
  • Session 5: December 8, 2023, Student Needs: A Wrap-Up of the Key Points Covered in This Webinar and Review of Current Key Concerns Affecting Our Students