Social/Emotional Learning

In-District Social-Emotional Programs: Examining Best Practices - Session 2 of 2

December 8, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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

Webinar Description
Designing effective programs for students with primary emotional disabilities can be very challenging. There are often very diverse presenting concerns and significant variability in a student's capacity to be successful in an inclusive learning environment. This training will review best practices for in-district social-emotional programs to support internal program evaluation and action planning. Learning objectives include identifying entrance and exit criteria, supporting meaningful inclusion, assessing and developing social-emotional skills, and designing effective reinforcement systems.

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 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 this session.

About the Speaker
Dr. 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.

Slides available here.

Teen Values Card Sort

Decisional Balance Form

Coping Skills Log


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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