Mental & Behavioral Health

Issues in Anxiety: Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Anxiety Symptoms in the School Setting - Conceptualizing Anxiety (Session 1 of 5)

October 12, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Session 2: October 26, 2022, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Using SEL Kernels to Build Anxiety Management Skills
Session 3: November 9, 2022, 12:30 - 2:30 pm,  Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Reduce Anxiety in School - Part 1
Session 4: November 30, 2022, 12:30 - 2:30 pm,   Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Reduce Anxiety in School - Part 2
Session 5: December 14, 2022, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, School Refusal: Assessment and Intervention

Webinar Description
Anxiety disorders are on the rise in todays' youth.  We see this manifest daily at school, with students struggling to stay in class and some even failing to make it into the building. Developing a comprehensive response to anxiety requires a shared understanding of the problem.  This webinar discusses the social phenomenon of anxiety in youth, the research into why it is increasing, and ways to talk with parents and school staff about anxiety so that effective solutions can be developed.

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.

Participants must attend all 5 sessions to receive PDPs and/or CEUs. A 6-character code will be given during each session for accountability purposes. Following the 5th session, participants will receive an email with information to apply for PDPs and/or CEUs. Please save all 5 codes as you will need to enter all 5 codes on the PDP and/or CEU form. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance.

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