Mental & Behavioral Health

Mental Health for Littles: When Worry Shows Up at School: A Primer for Teachers, Counselors and School Administrators

December 7, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speakers: Chris Willard, Psy.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.;Clinical Psychologist and Allegra Taylor, M.Ed., Child Development Specialist, Riverside Community Care

Webinar Description
Even in the most supportive of classrooms, anxiety enters on the heels of approximately 1 in 5 children, making it difficult for them to interact with teachers and/or peers and to fully access the curriculum. Showing up as stomachaches, tearfulness, perfectionism, refusal to participate and more, anxiety holds not only the child but sometimes an entire classroom hostage. It doesn’t need to be that way. In this three hour webinar, educators, administrators and school counselors will learn practical, effective, school-based techniques to help children – and the adults who care about them – break free from the grip of worry.

About the Speakers
Christopher Willard, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist whose work has included community mental health centers, hospitals, schools and universities. Dr. Willard teaches at Harvard Medical School and works part-time in private practice with a focus on mindfulness, anxiety and learning issues. He is the author of eighteen books, including Alphabreaths and Growing Up Mindful. 

Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., is a Psychologist, Parent Coach, and the author of 10 books for children including perennial bestsellers What to Do When You Worry Too Much and Outsmarting Worry. Another recent work, Something Bad Happened, provides support for children learning about problems around the world while her newest, The Sibling Survival Guide, speaks with warmth and humor to children struggling to get along.

Dr. Huebner’s books are practical and relatable, selling well over a million copies in 23 languages. Her TEDx talk on Re-thinking Anxiety has been viewed over 800,000 times. Dr. Huebner provides workshops for parents, educators and mental health professionals, and is routinely featured on a host of news and information outlets.

Allegra Taylor, M.Ed., is an early childhood consultant in Cambridge. She has had a diverse career in early childhood education and child development, having taught in several states and in the United Kingdom. Allegra has been working in the field of early childhood for 20 years as a teacher, mentor, director, parent educator, and consultant. Allegra strives to support children, families, and teachers to feel successful during the often challenging times of early childhood. Allegra holds a Masters degree in Child Development from Tufts University and a Bachelor's degree in Child Studies and Psychology from Bennington College. Allegra lives in Cambridge with her husband and her cat, Ike. Allegra is a founding board member of New Bedford Children.

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

Allegra Taylor's slides here.

Membership Information
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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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