Fall Mental Health Series #3
December 4th, 2015

Clinical and Practical Strategies to Support Children and Adults After a Crisis

Assessing and responding to the needs of students, parents, and staff following a crisis is the focus of this conference, which brings together a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a mother who has turned her own tragedy into a platform to help others. Michele Gay will share the story of December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that took her young daughter’s life and the skills needed to cope with the unthinkable.  Dr. Susan Swick will address the needs of parents and adults in the aftermath of a traumatic event in order show that supporting the coping of adults will go a long way toward promoting healing and resiliency among students.


Keynote Speakers:

Susan Swick, M.D., MPH, Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Michele Gay, M.Ed., Founder, Safe and Sound

Panel Discussion – When the Unthinkable Happens:

Maryellen Grady, Assistant Principal, Hopkinton Middle School

Wendy Pechacek, Guidance Coordinator, Westford Academy

Kathleen McCormack, Acting Director of Guidance, Everett High School

Friday, December 4, 2015


9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton

Free for members, $50 for non-members

CEUS have been applied for from the NASW for the three Mental Health Series Conferences


Presenter Bios:

Mental Health Series #3

Susan Swick, M.D., MPH, is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton Wellesley Hospital, where she is also the Director of the PACT Program (Parenting At a Challenging Time) at the hospital’s Vernon Cancer Center. She is an attending psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where she directs a course on Parent Guidance for the Child Psychiatry fellows.  She regularly writes and speaks about parenting and cultivating resilience for both clinical and general audiences.

Michele Gay, M.Ed.is a mother, former teacher, and now one of the founders of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative.  After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for improved school security and safety in our nation’s schools.  She taught at the elementary level in Maryland and Virginia public schools before staying home to raise her three daughters.


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