Leading During A Crisis: Are Leaders Prepared?

April 11th, 2019


Leading During a Crisis: Are Leaders Prepared?

The Spring School Safety Conference will bring together school and public safety leaders to focus on the leadership skills that contribute to a smoother process during a crisis. Collaboration and communications will be key components discussed at this conference. The crucial role of mental health staff – psychologists, social workers, and guidance counselors - will be examined. Trends and models to foster more effective all-hazards response will be presented, including Massachusetts General Hospital’s Think: Kids Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach, featuring Dr. J. Stuart Ablon, which has been implemented in many school systems in the United States. Dr. James Barrett and the Safety Net team from the Cambridge Police Department will present a very effective model which promotes mental health and supports safe school and community environments through coordinated prevention and intervention services.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Location: Joyce Middle School, Woburn

8:15 am – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am – 2:30 pm Conference

Cost: Free for members || $100/nonmembers


  • William Gross, Boston Police Commissioner 
  • Dennis A. Clarke, President and CEO, Cummings Properties, LLC
  • J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., Director, Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital, Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School  
  • Scott Morrison, Ed.D., Superintendent, Tri-Town School Union
  • Diya Kallivayalil, Ph.D., Director of Training at the Victims of Violence program at Cambridge Health Alliance
  • James Barrett, Ph.D., Psychologist, Cambridge Police Department
  • Fred Cabral, Lieutenant, Cambridge Police Department 
  • Steven Magalhaes, Sergeant, Cambridge Police Department
  • Robert Lowe, Deputy, Cambridge Police Department
  • Meghan Singh, Ed.S., NCSP, School Psychologist, Cambridge Public Schools
  • Kevin Burns, Deputy Chief (Ret.), Framingham Fire Department


Diya Kallivayalil's Presentation

James Barrett's Presentation

Kevin Burns' Presentation

Membership Information
Member rates for MPY events are available to current employees of member organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees, 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
PDPs are offered for all MPY professional development conferences. PDPs are issued for minimum of 10 hours through attending two conferences. In order to facilitate awarding PDPs, we will be issuing PDPs under the heading of Mental Health and Safety Conferences. Any combination of conferences an individual attends will be used to accumulate PDPs. They will not have to be linked, as previously required.
PDPs certificates will be issued at the end of the school year for all MPY conferences an individual attends during this school year. PDPs can only be issued to participants who have attended the conferences and submitted the appropriate paperwork. PDP certificates will be emailed to attendees.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff, upon approval from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). Approval is granted by the NASW and MaMHCA separately for each conference. Conference participants may request CEUs by filling out the appropriate paperwork at MPY conferences. CEUs are given at Mental Health Series conferences in a minimum of 5 hours. They do not need to be combined with other conferences. 

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee. Conference no shows are also charged a fee.  For assistance call MPY at 781-587-3411.

Accessibility and Accommodations
All Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth will work to make reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with disabilities. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Executive Director Margie Daniels at Margie@mpyinc.org.

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