Social/Emotional Learning

School Refusal Interventions Across Tiers - Session 2 of 2

March 29, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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

Session 1: March 22, 2022

Webinar Description
Many districts struggle to effectively intervene with students who refuse school.  This is because much of the initial work that needs to be done is in the child's home - supporting the family to change practices and reduce obstacles to attendance.  This training seeks to help participants understand school refusal behavior as the logical consequence of a series of avoidance coping behaviors.  Through this conceptualization, schools can focus on primary and secondary prevention interventions to reduce school refusal behavior.  When a child is refusing school, this training will also cover best practices for more intensive intervention to understand the function of the school refusal behavior and design a re-entry plan that increases likelihood of success.

Attendees must participate in both webinar sessions. A code will be given out during each session for accountability purposes. Please hold onto the 2 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 the 2nd session. PDP/CEU forms are available on the page of the 2nd session.

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.

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

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

Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D.

Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D.

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