Mental & Behavioral Health

Assessing ALL Students Holistic Strengths/Needs and Connecting Them to the Right Resources at the Right Time

April 28, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speakers: Maria Theodakis, Ed.D., Research Associate, City Connects, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College; and Margo Ferrick, MSW, Ed.D., Director of Student Support Programs and Practice, Boston College

Webinar Description
This webinar will strengthen the student support staff member’s role when developing an integrated system of student support in the school.  

  • Supporting ALL students, collaborating with educators and becoming the “expert” on ALL students for school staff  
  • Identifying students’ strengths and challenges across four domains including Academic, Social Emotional/Behavioral, Health and Family 
  • Creating an individualized support plan for each student
  • Assessing and responding when a student needs a higher intensity of intervention

About the Speakers
Maria Theodorakakis, Ph.D., is a Research Associate with the City Connects intervention, housed in the Boston College Center for Optimized Student Support. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development’s School Counseling Program, and a licensed child psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research interests center on addressing systemic inequality by increasing access to holistic support for all youth and addressing the impact of non-academic factors on children’s learning. Dr. Theodorakakis obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and completed her pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

 Margo Ferrick, Ph.D., is the Director of Student Support Programs and Practice at the Center of Optimized Student support. Previously, Margo spent  24 years in public K-12 schools here in the U.S., including 14 years as a school principal or district administrative leader. As a principal of a high school and middle school in an urban Massachusetts district, she developed her vision of schools as a place where students are supported not only academically but in all domains of development. She collaborated closely with families and secured grant funding to develop community partnerships. More recently, as a deputy Superintendent in another Massachusetts district, she built structures to enhance family collaboration and implemented systems of student support.

During and after her doctoral training, Margo developed a deep commitment to using data to inform programming and practice. She also holds the Master of Social Work degree from Boston College, and her perspective on social work has enhanced her conviction that strong relationships are central to successful schools.

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
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