Mental & Behavioral Health

Building a Comprehensive Mental Health System: Implementation Guidelines for School - Session 1 of 2

May 4, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Speaker: Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., Hirshberg Behavioral Services, LLC

Session 2: May 11, 2022, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Webinar Description
Schools are required every day to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each child in the district. This enormous responsibility requires an efficient and effective approach to adequately address. Changing systems to meet these needs can be difficult; many personnel are being asked to perform tasks that are outside of their comfort zone. This webinar reviews comprehensive school mental health systems that need to be developed and lays out an approach for improving buy-in and best practice adoption.

About the Speaker
Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., is the founder and executive director of Hirshberg Behavioral Health Services, LLC in Hadley, Massachusetts.  Dr. Hirshberg is a clinical psychologist who provides behavioral consultation, professional development, and psychological assessment services to schools across Massachusetts.  He also has a small outpatient therapy practice focused on using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for individuals with anxiety and mood disorders.  His interest areas include Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in schools, trauma informed practices, and developing in-district social-emotional programs.

Attendees must participate in both webinar sessions. A code will be given out during each session for accountability purposes. Please hold onto both codes- you will enter them into one PDP and/or CEU form, which are available on the Request Forms page on MPY's website. Forms must be completed within 8 days of the 2nd session.

Slides available here.

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

Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D.

Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D.

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