Mental & Behavioral Health

School Mental Health and Safety Leadership Institute Conference

May 6, 2022 | 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

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This webinar is free of charge to all Massachusetts Educators.  Nonmembers are not eligible to apply for PDPs/CEUs.  Please check the current list of member districts and organizations under the "About Us" tab to see if your district/organization is a current member of MPY.

Zoom Registration and in-person registration are both closed.


Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School
758 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA 02421

Registration: 8:15 - 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am - 2:30 pm

Speakers: State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Middlesex and Worcester Dist., Chairperson, Joint Committee on the Judiciary; James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Support Unit, Cambridge Police, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School; John Crocker, M.Ed., Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools; Laura Dziorny, Deputy Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy; Scott Morrison, Ed.D., Superintendent, Tri-TownSchool Union, Ellie Sanchez, Associate, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy

Conference Description
Please join Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) as we thank Massachusetts State Senator James Eldridge for supporting MPY’s mission to provide professional development leadership opportunities in the areas of mental and behavioral health and school safety. This conference will also highlight MPY’s collaboration with John Crocker, M.Ed., Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium (MASMHC), and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, along with Scott Morrison, Ed.D., Superintendent, Tri-Town School Union and James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Support Services, Cambridge Police Department.

This conference is free to Massachusetts educators. Professional Development Points (PDPs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to educators from MPY member school districts.

About the Speakers

State Senator Jamie Eldridge has served as State Senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district since January 2009,representing 14 communities in Metrowest. He serves as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate, Vice Chair Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. As an activist legislator, Senator Eldridge is the Senate chair of the Clean Energy, Criminal Justice Reform, Medicare For All caucuses and co-chair of the MBTA caucus.

Senator Eldridge has focused his energies on Beacon Hill on increasing investments in public education and transportation, combating climate change, making healthcare a right, stimulating the economy, advocating for affordable housing, reforming our criminal justice system, advancing campaign and ethics reform, protecting the environment, supporting immigrants, making government more transparent and updating our election and campaign finance laws. He lives in Acton, his hometown. Previously, Senator Eldridge served as the State Representative for the 37th Middlesex District for 7 years. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Boston College Law School. Prior to his election as State Representative, Senator Eldridge worked as a public interest attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services in Lowell, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to the poor and the elderly. As a public interest lawyer, he also worked to help low-income residents with issues of housing, Social Security, disability, and unemployment.

James Barrett, Ph.D., Psychologist, Cambridge Police Department, is the Director of School-Based Programs in the Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the site director of the Safety Net psychology fellowship program and clinical coordinator of the Safety Net Collaborative in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department.  Dr. Barrett has presented at numerous national conferences on juvenile justice, preventing retaliatory violence, juvenile risk assessment, and police-mental health partnerships.  He is a contributor to Psychological Services, Adolescent Psychiatry, The Community Psychologist, and The Handbook of Human Development for Health Professionals.

John Crocker, M.Ed., has worked in public education for a decade, primarily as the administrator for the Methuen Public Schools Guidance Department. He has overseen the planning and implementation of the “Mental Health Initiative,” which has focused on the establishment of a comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS) in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH). He was recently appointed to the role of Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, a position charged with overseeing the district-wide implementation and evaluation of Methuen’s comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

Laura Dziorney joined the Rennie Center with a background in education policy and on-the-ground experience at both the classroom and district levels. In her role as Deputy Director, she oversees a variety of internal and external responsibilities for the Rennie Center, from budgeting and human resources to board engagement and policy outreach. Prior to joining Rennie, Laura served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Boston Public Schools, where she worked closely with the School Committee to advance district policy-making and managed projects including a working group on measuring school quality. Laura is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she participated in the policy clinic of the Harrison Institute for Public Law and served as an intern in the education policy office of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Before law school, she taught fourth grade at Ira J. Earl Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Elizabeth (Ellie) Sanchez brings a decade of experience in and outside of the classroom. She also brings lived experience of being a student in low-income public schools in Southern California. She credits her experience as an Upward Bound scholar with giving her the ability to obtain a BA degree at UCLA in English Literature and inspiring her to pursue a career in Education. After graduating from UCLA in 2014, Ellie wanted to dive deep into the public education world and moved to Boston to learn from the “best” public education system in the country. She served as a corps member for City Year Boston and worked on literacy interventions with 5th-grade students at an elementary school in Dorchester. When she wrapped up her year of service, she worked as a teaching assistant at the Orchard Gardens K-8 in Roxbury. 

Before coming to the Rennie Center, Ellie worked at Generation Citizen (GC), a project-based civics education organization where she partnered with school districts all over the commonwealth to implement GC’s action-based civics curriculum. She also helped pass legislation in 2018 that would require students to participate in a civics education course in 8th grade and once again in high school. Through this work, Ellie realized her passion for making education equitable for low-income students of color through policy and programmatic initiatives. After five years at GC, she pursued her graduate degree in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring New England and cheering on her favorite sports teams (Patriots, Dodgers, and USWNT) with her partner and their puppy Theo.

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

School Mental Health Leadership Challenges and Opportunities' slides available here.

Dr. Scott Morrison's slides available here.

Dr. James Barrett's slides available here.

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

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