The Confident Educator: Confidence in Confrontations (Session 4 of 5)

Speaker

Lisa MacDonald, M.Ed., Founder, Elleminc Consulting

Description

In session four, participants will explore the importance of demonstrating active listening, nonverbal cues, intentional questioning, and empathy for when, not if, confrontation arises. It seems simple, but research shows these elements are often the missing ingredients when we find ourselves in a confrontation—whether it be a disagreement with a colleague, feeling like you’re on the defense from a parent of one of your students, or even a moral dilemma you’ve been handed. We will apply what has been discussed to date and engage in facilitated role playing with various scenarios and a case study that demonstrates how our confrontation approach changes depending upon the stakeholder.

Integrating SEL and Academics in Middle and High School Classrooms: Fostering Self-Awareness Skills in Academic Courses (Session 1 of 5)

SpeakerS

Maureen Chapman and James Simons, Co-Founders, cor creative partners

Description

In this session, educators practice manageable strategies for fostering in students the self-awareness skills necessary to complete complex grade-level work. Participants explore a suite of student reflection tools that enable students to develop confidence and a growth mindset based on an understanding of their strengths, purpose, and motivation. 

Hybrid Conference – Exploring the Relationship Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse

SPEAKERs

Michelle D. Lipinski, M.Ed., Principal, Northshore Recovery High School; Scott E. Lukas, Ph.D., McLean Hospital, Director, McLean Imaging Center, Director, Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Psychiatry

DESCRIPTION

This conference focuses on current trends in underage substance use, the psychopharmacological implications, and the accompanying mental health components. Data show high rates of comorbid substance use disorders and anxiety disorders. These include, but are not limited to, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In this population, there is also a high prevalence of disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychotic illness, borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorders. Participants will learn interventions to assist youth who suffer from these, often comorbid, disorders.

Issues in Anxiety: Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Anxiety Symptoms in the School Setting – Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Reduce Anxiety in School – Part 2 (Session 4 of 5)

Speaker

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

Description

This webinar will review how to apply Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) strategies in the school setting. This will include student identification practices, step by step approach to skill building, progress monitoring, and how to create additional tiered supports to help students apply these skills in the moment.

From the Bottom Up: Building Your Classroom Environment – Sensory processing considerations (Session 3 of 5)

Speaker

Julie B. Cullen, LICSW, Ed.M.

Description

When considering the development of our classroom environments, sensory input and impact is an important piece of the puzzle. From furniture set up, to bulletin boards, to how students move throughout the room, our sensory system plays a role in the ability to remain regulated and feel safe. This workshop will review different sensory systems to consider, and offer strategies that can be implemented in the classroom that utilize these systems to promote safety, regulation, and connection.

School Mental Health Leadership Institute: Building a Trusting and Committed Team (Session 2 of 5)

Speakers

John Crocker, Director Of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools/Founder and Director, Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium and Laura Dziorny, Deputy Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy

Description

Providing a comprehensive set of services for students can sometimes lead schools to form multiple, overlapping teams of educators and support staff–one for mental health, another for academics, a third for social and emotional wellbeing, etc. A Comprehensive Student Support Team (CSST) can streamline the process of identifying and responding to student needs. In this session, the second of a five-part series on School Mental Health Leadership, we will review the role of an effective CSST, highlight strategies for gaining and maintaining buy-in from team members, and examine how leaders can measure team effectiveness over time.

The Paraprofessional Toolkit: Student Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy (Session 4 of 5)

Speakers

Penny Copplestone, M.Ed. and Kathleen Larche, Ed.D., AthenaK12 Speakers

Description

This module is all about the importance of helping our students to not need us anymore. That skill is called Self-Determination and there are a variety of approaches and programs in the field that aim to accomplish this. The goal is for the student to become trained as a self-advocate.

You Matter Too: Sustainable Self-Care for Educators and Clinicians – Integrating Self- (and Other-) Care into Everyday Professional and Personal Life (Session 5 of 5)

Speaker

Matt Hersh, PhD, DCEP

Description

In the final webinar of this self-care cultivation and burnout prevention series, we turn to how to think about and enact sustainability of our self-caring efforts. Essential ingredients of sustainability include our motivation and willingness to adopt a growth mindset, our readiness to employ our self-caring skills, and our school’s acknowledgment of our collective needs. To this latter point, we also carefully consider how to locate the inherently individualized acts of self-care into a larger communitarian ethos that asks all of us to look out for one another’s well-being and wellness. When we conceive of each educator’s self-care plan as both unique and as an essential part of a larger whole, we move ever closer to true sustainability of (self-)caring as a way of life rather than as a reaction to the challenges around us.

Reentry Post Covid – Struggling with Anxiety and Stress: Treating Anxiety – A (re)introduction to evidence-based interventions (Session 5 of 5)

Speaker

Wendy Bamatter, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, 3East DBT Residential Program, McLean Hospital, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Description

Among the many responsibilities that fall on educators and in-school mental health practitioners, among them are the often complicated tasks of identifying youth with anxiety, directing them to the appropriate services, and sometimes offering in-house mental health services. Together, we will (re)familiarize ourselves with the many ways in which anxiety can manifest in childhood and adolescence. Next, we will review a number of evidence-based interventions available to treat anxiety in youth. Even when school mental health personnel are not directly providing interventions to treat anxiety, it can be useful to understand the general outline and tenets of various interventions in which students are engaged in order to better support them i

Integrating SEL and Academics in Middle and High School Classrooms: Fostering Self-Management Skills in Academic Classes (Session 2 of 5)

SpeakerS

Maureen Chapman and James Simons, Co-Founders, cor creative partners

Description
In this session, educators practice manageable strategies for fostering in students the self-management skills necessary to complete complex grade-level work. Participants walk away with actionable ideas to increase student motivation by incorporating agency and goal setting. Participants also practice ways to teach and assess the skills necessary for students to reach these goals, including the skills of planning, organization, and stress management.