Social/Emotional Learning

Addressing Avoidance Behaviors in School: Working with Students and Their Parents to Tolerate Emotional Discomfort - Session 2 of 2

March 9, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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

Webinar Description
This webinar series will discuss the role that avoidance behavior plays in maintaining and strengthening emotional discomfort. Attendees will learn strategies for how they can work with both students and their parents to shift from accommodating emotional discomfort to learning strategies to face and overcome this distress.

Attendees must register for and participate in both webinar sessions. A code will be given out during each session for accountability purposes. Please hold onto the 2 codes- you will enter them into the PDP/CEU forms. Forms must be completed within 8 days of this session. PDP/CEU forms are available on the page below.

About the Speaker
Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D.  is the Managing Director at James Levine and Associates.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides behavioral consultation, training, and psychological assessment services for school districts across Massachusetts. Dr. Hirshberg has recently focused on developing structured therapeutic educational programs for students with emotional disabilities that help these youth learn and generalize skills so that they are able to effectively transition back into the general education environment.  He received his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY 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 (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email