MARLBOROUGH — Executive Director Margie Daniels and the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) are pleased to announce that 285 educators are attending a May 14 hybrid conference on violence risk assessment and diversity considerations for working with youth. 


Tuesday, May 14, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


 Essex North Shore Agricultural and Vocational High School, Danvers 


  • Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Acting Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Ashley Murray, Ph.D., Designated Forensic Psychologist, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
  • Danielle Rynczak, JD, Psy D., ABPP Forensic Mental Health Supervisor; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School; Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Psychology Training Program; Director, Legal Education and Training, Psychiatry and Law
  • Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D., CTM, DLFAPA, Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, DC Department of Behavioral Health, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Howard University College of Medicine
  • James Barrett, Ph.D. Director of School-Based Programs in the Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


This conference focuses on how violence risk assessment has evolved and examines the current tools that educators can use to identify students at risk. This presentation will address race, ethnicity, culture, and other intersecting identity variables as well as the relevance of context with violence risk assessment and management. Presenters will examine the use of data to evaluate risk factors associated with youth violence risk and how educators can use this data to inform violence risk formulation and management practices and strategies. Attendees will learn how to identify variables and discuss the relevance of those variables on both violence risk and management.

A welcome address will be given by the new Acting Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This will be Dr. Johnston’s first MPY conference and MPY is thrilled to have him deliver a welcome address.

About the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high-quality trainings to constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth. MPY programming reaches nearly 6,000 educators per year in Massachusetts, spread across approximately 300 districts, with more than 150 webinars and over a dozen conferences. 

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth is governed by a Board of Directors made up of school superintendents, police and fire chiefs, and other community leaders who work closely with MPY staff to deliver this mission. To learn more, visit:

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