Mental & Behavioral Health

Building a System of Support in Your School Post-Covid

November 17, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speakers: Maria Theodorakakis, PhD., Research Associate, City Connects, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College; and Mary Walsh, Ph.D., Executive Director, City Connects, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College

Webinar Description
In this post-COVID era, schools are increasingly looking to build systemic approaches to student support, often referred to as “integrated student support.” This webinar will expand participants’ strategies for organizing and integrating the many and varied student support efforts in a school using MTSS and other frameworks. Participants will learn how a comprehensive approach can ensure equity by connecting every student to the right supports, services and enrichments at the right time.

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 supports 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 post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mary E. Walsh, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the City Connects intervention and the Daniel Kearns Professor of Urban Education and Innovative Leadership at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. She directs the Boston College Center for Optimized Student Support , a research center studying the impact of interventions that enhance the academic and healthy development of youth. Dr. Walsh, a clinical-developmental psychologist, has published and presented widely in the area of Integrated Student Support for schoolchildren and their families. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from Clark University.

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

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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.

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