In-Service Workshops 2022 - 2023

MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high-quality professional development to Massachusetts educators, students and parents. Our workshops are facilitated by experts recognized in the fields of education, psychology, counseling, anti-racism and student safety. MPY partners with members to tailor each workshop to meet the individual district’s unique and varied needs. Each member district/organization may select up to five in-service workshops annually. The following workshops are available remotely on Zoom for staff and parents. If mutually agreed upon by the presenter and requesting district, workshops may be offered in person.

For more information or to schedule workshops, please contact Prevention and Education Coordinator, Amy Welch at

Social and Emotional Learning

Family Life Education (FLE)
Family Life Education (FLE) equips and empowers family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance the well-being of children and adolescents while strengthening interpersonal relationships through an educational, preventive, and strengths-based approach. This in-service workshop will provide effective tools for helping school staff and parents to build bridges, use common language, and refine communication skills. FLE’s goal is to create a shared vision of defining problem behaviors while collectively finding solutions for youth.

Self-Regulation Strategies: Grades K-5
Providing Grade K-5 students with a cognitive behavioral approach to teach them how to identify and to 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 ability to be actively engaged in learning.

Self-Regulation Strategies: Grades 5-12
Providing 5-12 students with a cognitive behavioral approach to teach them how to identify and to 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 ability to be actively engaged in learning.

Mental and Behavioral Health

Adaptive Behavior Profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Remote Only)
Adaptive behavior is generally defined as the independent performance of daily activities that are required for personal and social self-sufficiency. Deficits in adaptive behavior are, by definition, criteria to be classified as an Intellectual Disability. Yet in ASD, adaptive delays tend to be above and beyond what would be expected based on cognitive impairments, alone, especially for individuals with ASD who do not have cognitive impairment. This gap between cognition and adaptive behavior appears to widen with age and impedes functional independence into adulthood. This presentation will outline these profiles of adaptive behavior and discuss the importance of assessing for and teaching adaptive skills from initial diagnosis throughout the lifespan.

2 Session Workshop - Anxiety and Executive Functioning: Two Sides of the Same Coin? (Remote Only)
Managing stress and anxiety as well as coping with executive functioning demands are perhaps the two most common and, in many ways, most challenging issues related to education. Anxiety and Executive Functioning affect a large number—some might say majority—of students. Educators often see both in students, and research supports that there is a neurological connection between the sections of our brains that manage each set of behaviors.

This set of two workshops examines the aspects of anxiety and executive functioning, covering the issues specific to each and how they interact. Each workshop will cover the characteristics, evaluation procedures, and intervention strategies that a variety of experts have recommended. This presentation is only available to school staff and administration.

Anxiety and School Performance (Remote Only)
Anxiety not only challenges academic progress, but also significantly affects behavior. This workshop will review how anxiety affects student behavior and performance, and strategies that can be employed to help students effectively manage the demands of school and home.

Best Practices in Screening, Assessment, & Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Remote Only)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect multiple areas of functioning, demanding a multidisciplinary approach to conceptualization, diagnosis, and intervention. With the prevalence of ASD rising, as well as the percentage of individuals with ASD without cognitive or speech impairments, there is a need for educators to better understand the nuances of autism symptomatology across the spectrum to ensure appropriate detection, diagnosis, and treatment. This workshop will (help educators) identify, assess, and diagnose symptoms of ASD using state-of-the-art measures and best practices in the field.

Effective Tier 1 Supports to Support Trauma Sensitive School Cultures
Understanding the implementation of effective research-based tier one interventions is fundamental to the MTSS process. This includes school-wide expectations, routines, incentives, and strategies that are clear and consistent. Participants will develop an understanding of structures and supports to help all students to feel safe and successful.

Executive Functioning (Remote Only)
Many students may comprehend classroom instructions and lessons, but struggle with organization and managing academic production demands, including homework and writing assignments. This workshop identifies the specific areas and skills involved in executive functioning, methods of assessment, and how we can effectively address this challenging area for students. This presentation is only available to educators.

Growth Mindset: Raising Student Achievement by Promoting a Growth Mindset (Remote Only)
The Growth Mindset model was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck more than 20 years ago. It has proven itself to be a very effective way of helping students of all ages manage the challenges of any skill or task, including how to cope with imperfections and mistakes. Perhaps a good way of describing this model is to throw away the adage “Practice makes perfect” and instead say “Practice makes progress.” The Growth Mindset model addresses this, and this presentation covers how it does so. This workshop is 75 – 90 minutes.

Improving Attendance & Truancy
This workshop focuses on the importance of intervening early when students show a pattern of missing school or arriving late. Participants will workshop explore the dynamics of excessive absenteeism and truancy, including why students do not come to school. Resources available through the courts and social service agencies are detailed. This presentation is only available to educators.

Intervention Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Remote Only)
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) require specialized treatment based on their unique profile of strengths and vulnerabilities. This workshop will discuss effective treatment and intervention strategies that can be used in the classroom. This workshop will present current research and evidence-based practices to foster functional independence in the areas of social communication and interaction, behavioral regulation, and adaptive behavior. Use of supports that enhance academic and educational functioning will also be discussed.

Just Talk About It
In partnership with Minding the Mind, Just Talk About It is a clinician-led workshop covering adolescent mental health topics such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, disordered eating, substance use, social media, and suicide. This workshop is 60-90 minutes and features a Young Adult Speaker to provide dual a perspective. The program’s goal is to ensure that adults have the information needed to understand adolescent mental health, identify mental health challenges and crises, and to respond in helpful and supportive ways. This workshop can be tailored to parents/caregivers, school personnel, or community members. This workshop can be offered in Spanish.

Neuroscience of Anxiety (Limited In-Person Availability)
To truly understand the roots of behavior, it is essential that educators understand what is happening in a student's body. when they are anxious or stressed.  Anxiety presents in different ways. Predictably, we all have a stress response of fight/flight/freeze. This workshop will help participants identify the difference between an anxiety disorder and basic stress and explore ways to best support students. An emphasis on how to integrate social/emotional support into a school setting, along with how to address oppositional behavior, school refusal, work avoidance, and bullying, will be explored through the lens of anxiety.

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder for First Responders (Remote Only)
This webinar will provide an overview of the symptoms of ASD across the lifespan and specific strategies for first responders to utilize when interacting with potential individuals in the community. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often referred to as an “invisible disability” because the symptoms of ASD are not necessarily overt. This is especially the case for individuals with ASD who are verbal and intelligent and, thus, might appear to first responders as typically developing. Yet, these individuals often possess significant if not debilitating sensory processing impairments, restricted and repetitive behaviors, and emotional dysregulation that can result in severe behavioral decompensation in the face of unpredictable events, including aggression, self-injury, and/or property destruction.

Preparing Students with ASD for Transition to Adulthood (Remote Only)
Transitioning out of high school to either continued education or the workplace is extremely challenging for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Even though most individuals with ASD have intact cognition and language, most fail to achieve levels of independence in adulthood due to limited functional social, communication, and adaptive skills necessary for self-sufficiency. There is a critical need to prepare for this transition early, intensively, and comprehensively. This workshop will provide an overview of strategies, supports, and accommodations that can be implemented in schools to promote a successful transition.

Programming for Autism in the Schools for Students with Intact Cognition and Language (Remote Only)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to broaden, with many autistic individuals having no cognitive and/or language impairments that confound their social disability. Therefore, many of these individuals receive educational programming within mainstream or inclusive settings. Yet despite their cognitive and language prowess, many students with ASD struggle with social communication and interaction. They often experience co-occurring challenges, including impairments in executive functioning and adaptive behavior skills, as well as social-emotional struggles that merit direct intervention in the schools.

This webinar will provide an overview of the more subtle but complex presentations ASD, including females, and will present evidence-based strategies for fostering all areas of vulnerability within the school system. Concepts of masking and camouflaging behaviors, as well the misnomer of the widely misinterpreted description “high functioning autism” will be discussed.

Students with High Functioning ASD (Remote Only)
Students identified with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome, present behaviors that require more subtle and relationship-oriented interventions compared to an ABA approach. This presentation reviews some of the challenges inherent in this diagnostic profile, including addressing the question as to what interventions are necessary. Also detailed are social skills challenges those students encounter, with specifics addressing young students needs vs. adolescents.

Teen Depression
This in-service workshop addresses teen depression, how to talk to teens and parents about depression, the treatment options, where to get help, and what to do if help is refused. This workshop is presented by Families for Depression Awareness and is available both in-person and remotely.

The Role of Neuropsychological Assessments in Understanding Student Learning and Behavior (Remote Only)
Designed for school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, nurses, and special education staff, this workshop will discuss identifying a student's strengths and challenges using neuropsychological testing. Participants will learn how to examine neuropsychological tests, how they are used, and how to develop instructional and behavioral strategies for students based on these assessments.

Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

4 Key Levers for an Antiracist Classroom (Remote Only)
In this workshop, participants take a critical look at the four ways educators can apply antiracism strategies in their classrooms. Participants will begin to unpack their own biases while centering on community, family, and student's voices. Participants will also learn the first steps to decolonizing their classrooms and curriculum.

Combatting Curriculum Violence (Remote Only)
Combatting curriculum violence is antiracism in action. In this workshop, educators engage in deeper learning about one of the most covert ways racism presents in American schools. Participants will learn the four ways racial trauma manifests itself in schools, how to identify curriculum violence, how to navigate curriculum trauma, and how to support students.

Conversations on Race
"What can I do?" It’s a question many are asking right now. This in-service workshop provides participants with an opportunity to discuss and listen to different perspectives to better understand the implications of intention versus impact this question may have. Resources, book recommendations, and takeaway materials will be offered.

Cultural Proficiency
Educators are encouraged to adapt to the diversity of their community and lead activities that allow students to see their lives reflected in curriculum, instructional materials, and school practices. Designed to engage, challenge, and provoke serious conversations related to diversity, this in-service workshop promotes educational equity through the lens of cultural proficiency and provides a model for individual transformation and organizational change.

Finding Confidence in Conflict
Engaging in conversation about conflict is challenging for many people. This in-service workshop explores both having difficult conversations and having difficult conversations with difficult people. There is a difference between the two, but both can be challenging! Participants will engage in an honest conversation and acquire tips to increase their confidence to engage in these types of conversations, even for the most conflict avoidant individuals. You have the Competence, Now Own Your Confidence!

From Awareness to Action: Building an Equitable and Antiracist School Culture
In response to our nation's racial reckoning, schools have committed to equity and inclusion initiatives. While many schools have been "talking the talk," not all have been "walking the walk." Promoting antiracism in education is about more than diversity statements and one-off professional development sessions; it's about growing a collective desire for justice shared across constituent groups and taking action to challenge the status quo. Antiracist schools need visionary and consensus-building administrators, forward-thinking and compassionate teachers, and empowered students who feel a sense of belonging and purpose. This in-service workshop, geared towards K-12 educators, will address what "walking /the walk" looks like for equity and antiracism work in schools.

Gender: Identity, Expression, and Pronouns
This in-service workshop explores the social construct of gender, with interactive exercises for participants to better understand one’s own gender identity as well as gender expression, and most importantly, how this information can best support young individuals. A focus of the workshop will be discussing gender pronouns and answering some of the most frequently asked questions that include:

  • What are binary and gender-neutral pronouns?

  • How can faculty and staff introduce their own gender pronouns when speaking with students?

  • What do I do if I misgender someone?  

  • What are some best practices when it comes to fostering inclusive conversations?

Project-Based Learning and Social Justice (Remote Only)
In this workshop, educators will explore project-based learning as an educational method through which social justice can be taught effectively. Educators will start with an overview of the seven essential project design elements and teaching practices of high-quality project-based learning. Next, educators will dive deeply into the six elements of social justice education. Finally, educators will design a project relative to their teaching context.

Six Elements of Social Justice Education (Remote Only)
It’s easy to say “I want to be an antiracist educator” but we often get stuck in the theory and fall short of application. In this workshop, educators learn about the six elements of social justice education and what they can look like in practice, and how to apply the elements to their different contexts.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
LGBTQ+ students face unique challenges related to sexual orientation and gender identity. This workshop includes an overview of the concepts of homophobia, heterosexism, and the positive impact allies can have to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ youth.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in School and Community Settings
Research shows that youth who identify as LGBT+ are at significantly greater risk for harassment and discrimination, mental health challenges, and academic challenges. Fortunately, school-based interventions have been shown to reduce these disparities and help students to feel more supported. This workshop will review theories of identity development related to LGBTQ+ youth and how this may present to today’s world. This in-service workshop will also review common risk factors for behavioral and academic challenges Finally, participants will learn how to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Supporting Transgender Youth
Transgender students are at a higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying. Participants of this workshop will examine the terminology associated with gender identity, learn about inclusive school policies and practices, and why it is important to provide a safe and supportive school environment for these students whose rights are protected under the law.

Trauma Sensitive Classrooms and Schools

Addressing Caregivers of Students with a High Level of Need
This presentation addresses the stress and impact of raising a child with significant mental health needs.  With an emphasis on the neuroscience of anxiety, this in-service workshop will also address the trauma and fear related to caring for students with a high level of need. Through this lens, we will identify ways to approach caregivers in partnering to support high risk students.

Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Where all Students Can Thrive
Creating a trauma-sensitive classroom fosters an environment for all students to learn. Educators are uniquely positioned to help students overcome challenges and build resilience. Participants will review preliminary information and definition of terms and explore 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 to learn ways to improve their self-care to ensure that the classroom is a safe space for all learners to grow.

Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
Educators are confronted daily with the trauma their students have faced, which often produces secondary trauma. This can lead to staff fatigue and burn out. Being able to identify physical and emotional symptoms of vicarious trauma allows educators to build a toolbox of self -care supports.

School Safety

An Introduction to Teen Dating Violence and How to Respond to Disclosures
Teen Dating Violence, while incredibly pervasive, is often shrouded in secrecy and shame. Teens who are experiencing dating violence are often hesitant to seek support from an adult, and instead turn to their peers and social media for information and guidance. In this workshop, program participants will receive information and skills to recognize, respond, and support youth experiencing relationship abuse. Learn about common behavioral indicators of dating violence, health effects, and tools to assist youth after disclosures of abuse.

Bringing Healthy Relationship Education into the Classroom
This in-service workshop explores adult and teen perceptions of teen dating violence and messages and barriers that uniquely impact youth relationships. This workshop will offer strategies for opening the conversation and engaging teens in thinking critically about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Participants will develop tools for responding to difficult questions, as well as several interactive activities they can facilitate with their students. Participants will learn techniques to create two-way discussions about values, boundaries, and your role in supporting their relationship development.

NEW! Bullying and Cyberbullying:  How to Keep Your Students Safe and Your District Out of Court
In 2010, the Commonwealth passed an anti-bullying statute with the intention of creating safe learning environments. In 2013, this statute was amended to extend to school employees. Because of this and other statutes, Massachusetts currently has some of the strongest anti-bullying laws in the country. This in-service workshop will explore what the applicable anti-bullying laws require a district to do and what exposure it might have if it fails to do so.

Bullying and Power Differential
All schools have bullying response guidelines but sometimes school staff struggle with understanding the causes of bullying. This workshop addresses the dynamics between bullies and victims and explores the role bystanders play. Practical suggestions to deal with bullying will be given. This presentation is only available to educators.

Gangs in Our Communities
Gang activity and violence take many forms. This training highlights the trademarks (colors, signs, graffiti, and tagging) of national and local gangs and explains how they recruit and retain members. This presentation is only available to school staff and administrators.

NEW! Helping Students Develop Healthy Relationships
Today’s adolescents are among the most socially connected people in human history thanks to the prevalence of digital devices and social media. Countless teens and tweens, however, continue to struggle to develop healthy relationships with their peers and partners. In partnership with the One Love Foundation, this in-service workshop can be tailored to the unique topical interests and needs, school leaders serving students in grades 6-12. Workshops can focus on healthy friendship development, social media and relational health, and healthy dating practices, among other topics. All workshops, whose learning objectives are aligned to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework, are anchored in One Love’s signature “10 Signs of a Healthy Relationship” and “10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship.” Participants will also learn how they can lead their own One Love workshops, including free lesson plans, discussion guides, and student activities.

Protecting Children & Youth: 51 A Mandated Reporting
Developed by the Middlesex Children’s Advocacy Center, this online presentation outlines indicators of abuse and/or neglect and explains what to do if a mandated reporter suspects abuse or neglect.

Restorative Justice
Traditional school discipline does not always help students take responsibility and be accountable for their behaviors or to realize how those behaviors reverberate through the school community. Restorative Justice helps to change behavior by allowing the victim to be heard and acknowledging that a harm has been done. This workshop will give participants the tools necessary to expand disciplinary alternatives. This presentation is only available to educators.

Mindfulness and Self-Care for Educators

Caring for Ourselves is Caring for Our Students
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.

Self-Care Comes First: Tips for Practicing & Promoting Well-Being
Participants in this workshop will learn how to best practice self-care so that we are better able to meet our students’ needs. Self-care is always important, but now more than ever, it is critical. Whether you are trying to build or to 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.

Self-Care and Work-Life Balance: What works for YOU
The demands of educators today have faculty, administrators, and staff running in numerous directions with little time to pause and reflect, let alone allow for space to define what self-care at work (and at home) could/should look like. This interactive workshop provides participants with a "time out" to breathe (seriously), learn steps to craft an individualized self-care approach, understand how to protect oneself from emotional mugging, as well as an honest conversation on why asking your supervisor about "work-life balance" might set us up for disappointment. Participants will leave empowered and recharged--because when you feel good, you do good!

Social Media and Technology

Healthy Balance: Screen Time
Increasingly, data suggests that exposing youth to large amounts of time in front of screens (TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone) can have negative effects on physical and mental development including issues with memory, attention, and language skills. This workshop is designed to provide the tools and vocabulary needed for children and adolescents to make wise choices about balancing daily screen use while focusing more attention on exercise and nutrition.

Mindfulness and Media for Faculty (Remote Only)
Drawing from current research on neuroscience, mindfulness, and the adolescent brain, the Mindfulness and Media program is designed to help faculty support students in using mindfulness techniques to become intentional about their habits of attention and improve their ability to focus on the task at hand. Faculty will learn the neuroscience of social media and game design and why these techs keep us hooked, particularly teens; ways in which social media are especially complex for teens in the realms of social comparison, social hierarchy, social inclusion/exclusion; the neuroscience of mindfulness and what research shows about the cognitive benefits in the areas of focus and self-regulation; the basics of mindfulness practice and its application to media use, to develop habits of intentional attention, for themselves and for their students.

Mindfulness in the Age of Digital Distraction (Remote Only)
Teachers and parents will learn the “Power Down for Presence” process, proven to increase attention and focus for more efficient and productive homework time. As the ubiquity of the 24/7 digital world increases, the appeal of technology becomes even greater. The brain science supports the power of mindfulness to pause one’s use of technology and be present for greater mental and brain health. This workshop shares evidence-based research tools and skills.

Navigating the Cyber World
This workshop reviews the challenges and dangerous situations that may arise through use of the internet, social media, and smartphones. It is important for school staff and parents to be aware of the popular apps, social media sites, and programs used by youth online. This workshop explains the issues and possible consequences of cyberbullying, sexting, and revealing identifying information to strangers.

Social Media's Impact on Mental Health: Optimizing the Connection (Remote Only)
Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook foster a culture of peer comparison and entice users to stay online longer than they intend, which can foster discouraging or negative feelings. Snapchat locations and Instagram stories cause FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), contributing to anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Teachers and parents will learn individual and group strategies to optimize students' use of social media.

NEW! The New Norm: Privacy Concerns of Students
Today’s youth post their whole lives on social media platforms that seem to be ever-changing. Cell phone cameras and other recording devices present privacy issues for students and educators alike. New platforms for speech bring new concerns as to what speech is protected and what is not.  This in-service workshop addresses what types of speech issues might arise in the context of Tik-Tok and other platforms, what can (and cannot) be done by the district, and how this might intersect with mandatory reporting requirements. This in-service workshop is also available for parents and community members.

Understanding Digital Abuse
Incidents of Digital Abuse are on the rise. Digital Abuse, which includes the use of technology to harass, exploit, and intimidate others takes many forms. This conversation focuses on how young people today may be exploited and explores the definition and types of digital abuse. This workshop will also demonstrate how digital abuse is similar/different than other forms sexual violence, our state's laws, and best practices for prevention.

Fostering a Positive School Culture

NEW! Somebody’s Watching Me: Privacy of Educators
Most educators in the Commonwealth are public employees. With any public entity, there are certain protections that are lost that would normally be available in a private context.  Because of today’s political climate, there is added scrutiny from parents and other taxpayers as to what is being taught and by whom.  The purpose of this seminar is to give a broad overview of federal and state law to allow educators to know what their rights are (and are not) with regards to speech and privacy in the age of social media and intense community divisions.

Underage Substance Use

NEW! Marijuana: Where We Were and Where We Are 
This workshop details the truth about the alarming effects of marijuana on the developing adolescent brain and how marijuana use may negatively impact concentration, attention, motivation, and mood. In addition, this workshop highlights the legalities of marijuana and the role of school policies.

Underage Substance Use
Underage substance use continues to be a major issue in our schools and communities. Street drugs are readily available in many communities. Teen drug users can easily obtain over the counter or prescription medications from a variety of sources including their family's medicine cabinet. Information about the opioid epidemic is included in this workshop.

What Are You Puffing? Vaping and Our Youth
Vaping has recently become a troubling trend in our schools and communities. This workshop focuses on how to recognize vaping devices and products and the physical impact vaping has on the body.

Student Assemblies and Community Workshops

NEW! Bystander or Upstander: Where do you stand?
This workshop will empower students to transform from bystanders to upstanders by promoting the importance of being an upstander and give them the tools to protect themselves and their friends from bullies.

How to Stay Out of Trouble Without Really Trying
"Who wants to get suspended?" This one-hour workshop engages current/graduating high school seniors' and provides them with honest/"real world" information about college success OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, in RESIDENCE HALLS, and WORKING WITH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION. This interactive conversation emphasizes safety, what to expect when you get to college, and community expectations including but not limited to alcohol and other drugs, noise, damage, and all the typical things that plainly speaking, first-year college students find themselves getting into trouble. This workshop can also be done for high school administration and designed to encourage practitioners to think about what information they most want students to understand as they prepare for higher education.

NEW! Marijuana: Where We Were and Where We Are 
This workshop details the truth about the alarming effects of marijuana on the developing adolescent brain and how marijuana use may negatively impact concentration, attention, motivation, and mood. In addition, this workshop highlights the legalities of marijuana and the role of school policies.

Mental Health Awareness for Youth: Young Adult Speaker Presentation
The Young Adult Speaker program is geared for youth grades 6+ and features young adults who provide educational programs built around lived experiences. Through sharing their experience with a mental health condition and related crisis, they challenge negative stereotypes, give hope and skills to audience members, and encourage students to reach out for help. Students also learn the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and conditions, negative versus positive coping skills, the similarities between mental health and physical illness, the language and skills needed to have a conversation about mental health, and how to create a supportive school environment. This assembly is in partnership with Minding Your Mind.

Mindfulness and Media for Students or Parents (Remote Only)
The workshop teaches students in grades 6-12 techniques to better understand their current digital lives, develop mindfulness around their use of electronic devices, and learn how to create strong habits of intentional attention that serve them both inside and out of the classroom. Students will learn: How social media and gaming platforms are designed to keep us ‘hooked’; The basics of mindfulness practice and why it helps us; how to bring mindfulness to their media use with simple daily practices; and how to pause and take a breath before reacting to on-line triggers. This program is also available as a parent workshop.

Navigating the Cyber World
While there are countless benefits from using technology, potential challenges and even dangerous situations can arise. This assembly gives students the tools necessary to protect their digital footprint and engage in safe cyber behavior.

OMG TMI N/C: Preventing Teen Sexting
Teens are sharing, posting, and sending images of themselves at alarming rates, including images that are illicit in nature. This student assembly will discuss the legal, personal, and emotional ramifications of teen sexting behaviors.

Giving and receiving respect allows us to communicate effectively, own our own successes and failures and better respond to those of others. This workshop will empower students and give them lifelong tools they can use in interactions with their family, peers, and others.

Teens Talk Depression
The Teen Speakers Program from Families for Depression Awareness presents teen speakers who tell their personal stories to dispel stigma around mental health issues. These speakers encourage young people to seek help with mental health issues, if needed. The Teen Speakers program helps the teen speakers to develop their confidence and public speaking skills as they become emissaries for mental health awareness and wellness.

Thriving in the Age of Digital Distraction (Remote Only)
In today’s world, 24/7 connectivity contributes to digital distraction and phone dependence, which may hinder students' physical, mental, and emotional health. Social media platforms can foster a culture of peer comparison. How do we all shift from digital overload to more tech/life balance? Students will learn the data and be introduced to the LookUp Challenge: a student-led initiative to take a break from phones, social media and technology for a week as a school community on each students' own terms.

NEW! Underage Substance Use: Culture Shock
Teen substance use, including alcohol, marijuana, and illegal use of prescription drugs, impacts our schools and communities. The dangers of substance use and abuse, including how the opioid and heroin epidemic is affecting Massachusetts, will be highlighted.

What Are You Puffing? Vaping Presentation
Vaping has recently become a troubling trend in our schools and communities. This presentation focuses on the physical and mental impact vaping has on the body. Many students falsely believe that vaping is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes and are unaware of the health consequences.

To Request an In-Service Workshops:

  • Please submit requests at least two months in advance, if possible.
  • Individuals must register to participate.
  • A minimum attendance of 25 is required for each workshop. There is a maximum capacity of 500. In-service workshops may be cancelled at MPY’s discretion due to low attendance.