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



Lisa Kingkade, LMHC, M.Ed.


Using a strength-based approach, how do we foster resilience in our youth and help them re-engage in school? Do we look to control behaviors or do we aim to see their potential and help them to believe in themselves? This webinar series will look at proactively identifying students who have a difficult time engaging at school, while discussing strategies that draw upon their strengths to help them succeed.

Participants must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a quiz following Session 5 to receive PDPs and CEUs. 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.

Does participation mean engagement? How do we support our introverted students? How do we help our students who have been diagnosed with Selective Mutism? We will identify strategies to support students at school “find their voice.”

Are we listening to our students as they communicate with their behaviors, feelings and needs? We will explore strategies to support students with more overt needs.

What are some reasons students avoid school? How do we as educators help to reconnect students utilizing their strengths as a tool to overcome anxiety and fear? We will discuss strategies using case studies to explore interventions.

What is social belongingness and how does it impact students at school? How can we as educators foster connections with students?

Families and Guardians are essential members of the student’s educational team, but, more importantly, the student’s life. How do we connect with families proactively to take a seat at the table? How do we help families overcome barriers that prevent this relationship from developing?

About the Speaker

Lisa Kingkade, LMHC, M.Ed., is the Director of Social Emotional Learning for Milford Public Schools. She also serves as the District McKenny Vento/Foster Care Liaison; 504 District Coordinator and Civil Rights Coordinator. Before working for the Milford Public School system, Lisa worked as a licensed mental health counselor at Wayside Community Counseling Center focusing on children and trauma. She also served as a domestic violence advocate/ bilingual counselor with the Milford Police Department. She has worked for Milford Public Schools for the past 20 years in various roles from adjustment counselor at Milford High School to Assistant Principal of Stacy Middle School, Assistant Principal of Woodland and has been in her current role for 7 years. Lisa serves on the YMCA Board of Incorporators, Hockomock Area YMCA Child Protection Committee, CHNA6 Steering Committee and  Wayside Youth and Family Communication & Development Committee Meeting .

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 01/04/2024.

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: January 4, 2024, The Quiet Student
  • Session 2: January 18, 2024, The Active Student
  • Session 3: February 1, 2024, School Avoidance
  • Session 4: February 15, 2024, Creating an Environment of Belonging
  • Session 5: February 29, 2024, Family/Guardian Engagement