Events

The deadline for submitting PDP and CEU Request Forms from the 2019-2020 school year was June 16th.

Request forms for the 2019-2020 school year are no longer available. PDP certificates will be issued by August 1. CEU certificates will be issued by August 31.

 

WEBINARS

Starting in July, MPY ten-hour and two-hour webinars are available for staff from MPY member districts/organizations only.

PDPs and CEUs* will be available to participants. Webinars are listed below. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the page under "Upcoming Events" to register for scheduled webinars.


 

Ten-Hour Webinars

MPY is pleased to announce Ten-Hour webinars. Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar. CEUs are also available.*  

Two-Hour Webinars

MPY is continuing the Two-Hour Webinar Series which began with the school closure in mid-March. Participants will be awarded PDPs upon successful completion of five (or more) 2-hour webinars since PDPs may only be awarded in units of 10 or more. CEUs will also be available.*

*Pending approval from the NASW; CEUs will not be available through the MaMHCA

 


 

2 Hour Webinar - Supporting Skill Generalization in the Classroom: Providing Effective Consultation to Teachers

July 16th, 2020

Speaker: Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., James Levine and Associates, P.C.

Time: 1-3pm

Description: Specialists (Counselor, OT, PT, SLP, BCBA etc.) work with teachers everyday to share their expertise and help ensure that the strategies they teach are appropriately and consistently implemented in the classroom.  This is no small task.  Being an effective consultant requires collaborative relationships that allows the consultee to remain open to suggestion, motivated to try, and willing to reflect on their practice to get better.  This webinar will provide an introduction to these effective practices, including strategies that you can use right away in the fall!

 

2 Hour Webinar - Fostering Healing and Connection During and After COVID-19

July 21st, 2020

Speaker: Jessica L. Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs, Building Healthy Communities by Ending Domestic Violence, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Time: 10am-12pm

COVID19 has had an impact on each of us, individually and collectively. For children and adults living in abusive homes, sheltering in place can have devastating effects physically, emotionally, and psychologically. This training will offer strategies to support students, colleagues, and others who have been impacted by domestic violence.

 

2 Hour Webinar: Self Regulation Strategies

August 5th, 2020

Speaker: Noelle Colbert, M.Ed.

Time: 10am-12pm

Description: Providing students with a cognitive behavioral approach to teach how to identify and process feelings will result in developing strategies to cope with difficult situations. These skills will lead to improved self-regulation in students as well as increase increased ability to be actively engaged in learning. 

 

2 Hour Webinar - School Refusal:  Assessment and Intervention

August 11th, 2020

Speaker: Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., James Levine and Associates, P.C.

Time: 1-3pm

Description: Anxiety disorders are on the rise in the United States.  Students who experience anxiety in school may use school refusal to manage the emotional distress this environment elicits.  This behavior can quickly become reinforced, leading to a pernicious cycle where the student falls further behind and becomes even more anxious about attending school.  This course will review how to assess school refusal behavior and how to use assessment data to inform intervention.  

 

2 Hour Webinar - Vicarious Trauma and Self Care

August 12th, 2020

Speaker: Noelle Colbert, M.Ed.

Time: 10am-12pm

Description: Teachers are the front line to our students and often take on secondary trauma that their students have faced in their little lives. This can lead to fatigue and burn out in staff. Being able to identify physical and emotional symptoms of vicarious trauma as an educator allows teachers to build a tool box of self care supports. 

 

2 Hour Webinar - Safe, Secure & Supportive: The 3 Pillars of Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

August 13th, 2020

Speaker: Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D. (Dr. MC), Special Education Administrator for Melrose Public Schools & Founder of Dr. MC's Self-Care Cabaret

Time: 10am-12pm

Description: This engaging workshop will take participants beyond the basics with the latest research and leading voices in trauma-sensitive education. Participants will review preliminary information and definition of terms, including an exploration of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) before delving into academic instruction techniques and relationship building for teaching students impacted by trauma. This workshop will also examine misconceptions about trauma, the effect trauma has on the brain, and review common challenges when working with students impacted by trauma. Participants will have an opportunity to share and reflect on their current practices and learn ways to improve their self-care to ensure the classroom is a safe space for all learners to grow.

 

2 Hour Webinar - Managing Your Emotions As Schools Reopen

August 20th, 2020

Speaker: Patric Barbieri, M. Ed., Executive Director, LABBB Collaborative

Time: 10am-12pm

We have many worries on our minds, many unanswered questions, when we return to our work environments. At the same time, our students, families and colleagues are looking to us for stability, strength, and normalcy when we return. In this webinar, we will talk about techniques and strategies to build confidence and find a calm within our body and mind while we learn to accept things as they are because they are out of our control. 

10 Hour Webinar - Helping the Helpers: Consultation Strategies to Get Teachers to Implement Your Recommendations!

September 16, 30, October 7, 21 and 28, 2020

Speaker: Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., James Levine and Associates, P.C.

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Description: School specialists (e.g. counselors, SLPs, BCBAs etc.) bring diverse expertise to the school setting.  Their role encompasses both direct service delivery as well as consultation to teachers and other personnel to help them implement strategies and reinforce skills across settings.  Effective consultation is critical as interventions are unlikely to be successful unless they are widely and consistently implemented.  This course reviews strategies for developing collaborative relationships with consultees so that specialist expertise is fully utilized. 

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Beyond the Threat: How to Tip the Balance Toward Safety in Schools while Considering the Needs and Challenges of Individual Students

September 18th, October 2, 16, November 13, December 4, 2020

Speaker: Nancy Rappaport, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Dr. Nancy Rappaport will deepen our understanding of how to respond to students with threatening behavior in substantial ways. She’ll also help us explore the necessary cultural changes we need to make in order to effectively support students and keep our communities safe and connected. Several guest speakers will be joining Dr. Rappaport for this journey “beyond the threat.” The November 13 session will feature Michelle Garcia Winner, a national recognized expert on social thinking.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

2 Hour Webinar - The Teenage Brain in the Age of Digital Distraction

September 28th, 2020

Speaker: Adrienne Principe

Time: 10am-12pm

Description: This webinar will review current research regarding the teenage brain. We will look at how and why the teenage brain is impacted by digital media and consequently, how to reach teenagers in the learning environment. Understanding teenage brain development will provide educators with the knowledge necessary to communicate that information to students and help them better understand how they can balance digital media to achieve digital wellness and positive learning outcomes. 

 

10 Hour Webinar - Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Collecting and Using Behavioral and Psychosocial Data Across All Tiers

September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020

Speaker: John Crocker, M.Ed., Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Description: Participants will be engaged in work to understand and strengthen collection of psychosocial and behavioral data to inform work across all tiers of a comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS). Focus topics will include: reviewing and leveraging existing data to inform action planning and program design; engaging in universal mental health screening; developing behavioral data systems to improve positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS); implementing psychosocial and behavioral progress monitoring; adopting measurement-based care practices; using psychosocial and behavioral data to inform program design and evaluation; reporting out on psychosocial and behavioral outcomes at the student- and system-level; and enhancing supervision and evaluation using psychosocial and behavioral data. Presentations will be accompanied by the provision of resources and engagement in activities to foster and support implementation.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Renewal, Rejuvenation, and Routine: Shifting Your Self-Care from Practice to Performance

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020

Speaker: Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D. (Dr. MC), Special Education Administrator for Melrose Public Schools & Founder of Dr. MC's Self-Care Cabaret

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Description: 

Being an educator in a 21st Century school is no easy task. It is critical to take care of ourselves, so we can better take care of our students. Participants in this workshop will experience renewal and rejuvenation by developing a sustainable self-care routine. While having the opportunity to examine different approaches and identifying strengths and weaknesses, this workshop will provide participants with the tools and in-depth knowledge needed to become the best version of themselves. 

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

2 Hour Webinar - Effective Tier 1 Supports to Support Trauma Sensitive School Cultures

October 21st, 2020

Speaker: Noelle Colbert, M.Ed.

Time:  12:30 – 2:30 pm

Understanding the implementation of effective research-based tier one interventions is fundamental to the MTSS process. This includes school-wide expectations, routines, expectations, incentives, and strategies that are clear and consistent. Participants will walk away with an understanding of structures and supports to support all students feel safe and successful. 

 

10 Hour Webinar - Embracing Positive Anxiety in Today’s World

October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2020

Speaker: Patric Barbieri, M.Ed., Executive Director LABBB Collaborative

Time 10am-12pm

Learn a new perspective on anxiety and its positive roots. There is a stigma associated with anxiety and this was created for so many years because it was misunderstood and we focused on the symptoms and how we reacted to them. “Anxiety” is not a permanent state, it is a flow of thoughts and feelings we choose to call anxiety. If we can learn to understand this energy, accept the feelings associated with it, we will realize that these thoughts and feelings are actually positive, inspirational, and is the motivation that drives us to be productive and successful.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

2 Hour Webinar - Supporting Student Mental Health in a Digital World

November 2nd, 2020

Speaker: Adrienne Principe

Time: 10am-12pm

Description: We are living during a time in which adolescents are more depressed and more anxious, and more likely to be hospitalized for self-harm and suicide. Research shows at least a link between this mental health crisis and social media use, especially for girls. This webinar will provide educators with strategies that can be implemented today to help students connect and build resilience, both of which support student mental health.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Fostering Healthy Relationships in the Classroom and Beyond

November 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 2020

Speaker: Jessica L. Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs, Building Healthy Communities by Ending Domestic Violence, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Time: 10am-12pm

This 10-hour course will allow participants to deepen their understanding of trauma and domestic violence and the impact on child development. Sessions will alternate between workshops that focus on building content knowledge and workshops that are strategy focused and foster skill building. It will conclude with a session focused on the impact of trauma-exposure on teachers, counselors, and administrators and strategies for caring for ourselves and creating school environments and structures that are conducive for healing for every adult, child, and family.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

2 Hour Webinar - Treat Yourself to Self-Care and Balance

December 3rd, 2020

Speaker: Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D. (Dr. MC), Special Education Administrator for Melrose Public Schools & Founder of Dr. MC's Self-Care Cabaret

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Description: Participants in this workshop will learn how to best practice self-care as we navigate our new normal. Self-care is always important, but now more than ever, it is critical. Whether you are trying to build or maintain a routine for self-care, this workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need. Make time for you now; your future self will thank you.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Finding the Calm

January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 2021

Speaker: Patric Barbieri, M. Ed., Executive Director LABBB Collaborative

Time:10am-12pm

We have all been through a traumatic experience over a long period of time. Our minds and bodies have difficulty keeping up with the chaos, uncertainty, and injustice and it takes its toll.  There is a difference between escaping from it all and searching for a calm place where we can rejuvenate. Escaping is transient and we shut off our senses, whereas the calm place is accepting what has happened, but also creating a consistent practice of entering less stimulated states of mind. In this workshop, we will discuss practices of finding your own personal calm both in body and mind. 

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Thriving in a Digital World: Educating for Digital Wellbeing and Balance

January 8, 22, February 5, 12, 26, 2021

Speaker: Susan Reynolds, M.Ed., Co-Founder & Board Chair, LookUp.Live; Youth Advocacy Lead, Digital Wellness Collective

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Description: This webinar will address the different categories of digital wellbeing that have become critical components of educating for social, emotional, and academic learning and wellness. Participants will learn current research and strategies, as well as curriculum that maximizes students' use of screens. They will have the opportunity to work in small work groups as well as implement lessons in between sessions.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Mindfulness and Racial Justice

January 11, February 8, March 15, April 12, May 10, 2021

Speaker: Rose Felix Cratsley, Founder and CEO, Ivy Child International

Time: 10am-12pm

Description: As suffering and disruption mount, this workshop will guide practices and facilitate discussion focused on ways of bringing mindfulness and compassion while exploring social identity-based bias and living in awareness of our common humanity. When we’re grounded in intentional commitments to our personal mindfulness practice and related ethics, we transform our interactions with those around us, we see the roots of our problems more clearly, and we bring a more compassionate approach to diversity and inclusivity work. We become more aware of how we have been unable to see the suffering of others, even as we seek to correct the injustices we see and live with in the world.  We deepen awareness of ways that our lived experiences may be profoundly different when compared to those of others; and also rooted in our inherent interconnectedness with one another. 

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for ALL

January 11, 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 2021

Speaker: David Gotthelf, Ph.D., NCSP, Licensed Psychologist Provider, Licensed School Psychologist

Time: 3-5pm

This 5-session webinar presentation covers key issues educators face in addressing the social, emotional, behavioral, and learning needs of students.  Three major areas are covered in detail: anxiety, executive functioning, and high functioning ASD,  areas that MPY continues to offer in separate individual trainings. This presentation not only covers these areas but also integrates them within a comprehensive format that includes how to identify student needs, the methods used to evaluate and address those needs, satisfying regulatory requirements, and case studies.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Resilience and Growth through Mindfulness and More

January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 2021

Speaker: Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

Time: 9:00-11:00am

As COVID and other crises continue, and as schools and students adapt to the ever changing "new normal" how can we stay balanced and resilient through these new challenges we face as professionals, districts, and just as people? Join Dr. Chris Willard for this series on helping our communities and children growing through the unexpected challenges we face as 2021 begins.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

2 Hour Webinar - The Power of Perspectives: Developing and Promoting a Growth Mindset

January 20th, 2021

Speaker: Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D. (Dr. MC), Special Education Administrator for Melrose Public Schools & Founder of Dr. MC's Self-Care Cabaret

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Description: Dr. Carol Dweck's revolutionary research on mindsets sets the stage for this training. Exploring our mindsets, whether it is a fixed or a growth mindset, allows us to examine our true potential. In this workshop, participants will learn the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset and how it pertains to working with students. Additionally, participants will evaluate their mindset to see where their beliefs are and discuss how small shifts in thinking and reframing circumstances can have a dramatic impact on daily life.

 

2 Hour Webinar - Caring for Ourselves is Caring for Our Students

January 27th, 2021

Speaker: Jessica L. Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs, Building Healthy Communities by Ending Domestic Violence, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Time: 10am-12pm

Every day, educators bear witness to the impacts of trauma in their classroom. Young people share their stories with us through behaviors (acting out, withdrawing, overachieving), attitudes (angry, distracted, anxious), and their own words. We care deeply about our students and creating a safe and supportive learning environment. As teachers, we also have our own stories and our own pain- both past and present. The goal of this workshop is to create a space to acknowledge the cumulative toll bearing witness to trauma can have on us, and develop strategies to care for ourselves and support one another in doing this important and impactful work.

 

2 Hour Webinar - Goal Pursuit is a Happiness Booster!

January 29th, 2021

Speaker: Pam Garramone, M.Ed., Positive Psychology Speaker, Life Coach, Founder – Thrive Now Boston

Time:  12:30 – 2:30 pm

Description: How many of us have set a goal to exercise, lose weight or save money or any goal only to find one week later despite our determination, we've fallen back to our old habits? Turns out we humans have very little "willpower" - what we need is "way power." We need a way to make our goals stick. In this session, you will learn how to write a goal and the learn the "way power" to get it!

 

10 Hour Webinar - Balancing Technology in Education for Optimal Developmental and Digital Wellness

February 22, March 8, 22, April 5, 26, 2021

Speaker: Adrienne Principe, Founder and Executive Director, Turning Life On

Time: 10am-12pm

Description: Technology is touching every aspect of our students’ lives from their relationships to their education. Technology gives us access to information and experiences not previously available. But it is not without its downsides. In this 5-part series, we will discuss how digital distraction, gamification and overuse of technology impact our students’ cognitive abilities, learning outcomes and relationships. In this webinar, we will review research and discuss ways to engage students for improved learning outcomes, executive functioning skills, social-emotional learning, resilience and communication. 

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Establishing Systems and Practices to Support Quality Services and Sustainability

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2021

Speaker: John Crocker, M.Ed., Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools

Time: 2-4pm

Description: Participants will be engaged in work to develop systems, practices, and policies to support the establishment of a comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS). Focus topics will include: establishing a school mental health team to support district- or school-wide implementation; conducting a needs assessment and resource mapping using the SHAPE System to support action planning and implementation; supporting quality and sustainable implementation through the design of plan-do-study-act cycles; supporting staff readiness and creating a professional development plan; monitoring the fidelity of implementation of mental health services and supports across all tiers; engaging stakeholders, including families and students, in the design and implementation of the CSMHS; generating buy-in to support implementation; securing funding and resources to support the CSMHS; engaging in marketing and promotion to support sustainability; and leveraging partnerships with outside mental health agencies and university partners to support the CSMHS. Presentations will be accompanied by the provision of resources and engagement in activities to foster and support implementation.  

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - School Threat Assessment

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 2021

Speaker: James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Support Unit, Cambridge Police; Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry (part-time), Harvard Medical School

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

The goal of this 10 hour webinar is to train school personnel on how 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. The target audience for this webinar is school personnel including but not limited to administrators, clinical staff and school resource officers who are currently on school threat assessment teams or those who are potentially involved in threat assessment teams that are yet to be developed.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - How to Bring Mindfulness into Your Culture

March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 2021

Speaker: Patric Barbieri, M.Ed., Executive Director LABBB Collaborative

Time:10am-12pm

If our world, communities, work environments, and families are part of a mindful culture they are simply more aware, they take the right action at the right time for the health of everyone who is part of these cultures. We don’t need to sit in the full lotus or sit and meditate to create a mindful culture. They also have leaders who create environments where we can pause, reflect, support each other, and encourage everyone to slow down without feeling guilty. In this workshop, you will learn about models of mindful cultures and the essential activities that lead to building them.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

10 Hour Webinar - Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Evidence-based Services and Supports Across All Tiers

April 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, 2021

Speaker: John Crocker, M.Ed., Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools

Time: 9-11am

Description: Participants will be engaged in work to understand and strengthen evidence-based services and supports across all tiers of a Comprehensive School Mental Health System (CSMHS). Focus topics will include: methods for fostering social emotional competence through the delivery of SEL curriculum and the use of SEL instructional practices; enhancing mental health literacy; engaging in mental health promotion activities; developing and implementing group-based interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy groups; enhancing individual therapeutic care (improving session structure, developing treatment plans, engaging in psychosocial progress monitoring); and establishing partnerships with community-based mental health agencies to augment available services. Presentations will be accompanied by the provision of resources and engagement in activities to foster and support implementation.

Attendees must participate in each of the 5 two-hour webinar sessions and will receive 10 PDPs upon successful completion of the 10-Hour webinar.

 

Upcoming Events

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Leading During A Crisis: Are Leaders Prepared?

April 11th, 2019 - School Safety Summit
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ADHD 2019 – New Diagnostic Criteria, New Data

March 29th, 2019 - Mental Health Series
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More Bridges to Navigate

March 22nd, 2019 - Mental Health Series
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