Spring Mental Health Series #3
March 10th, 2017

Trauma Sensitive Schools: A Whole School Approach

Many students have had traumatic experiences which may impact learning, behavior and relationships. Trauma-sensitive schools help children to feel safe and learn but creating trauma-sensitive schools requires a whole school effort. This conference will focus on how to foster positive youth development and supportive school and community environments. Building protective factors through coordinated prevention and intervention services helps to limit youth involvement in the juvenile justice system.  Involving community partners is essential in achieving the best outcomes for at-risk youth.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2014 Washington St., Newton

Free for members, $50 for non-members

Trauma-Sensitive Schools: A Whole School Approach may be linked with the fall School Safety Summit, Enhancing School Safety by Building Resilience: Complex Trauma as a Challenge and Opportunity for ten PDPs.  MPY has applied for CEUs from NASW and MaMHCA for this conference. 

Program Speakers:

·         Joe Ristuccia, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Lesley University

·         James Barrett, Ed.M., Director of School-Based Programs, Cambridge Health Alliance


Speaker bios:

James G. Barrett, Ph.D. 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, gang violence, preventing retaliatory violence, juvenile risk assessment and police-mental health partnerships. 

Joel M. Ristuccia has over 25 years of experience in public schools as a classroom history teacher and a certified school psychologist. Ristuccia has served as a consultant to the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) and is a co-author of "Helping Traumatized Children Learn." Ristuccia is an adjunct professor at Lesley University, where he is lead faculty and mentor for the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity.  He has consulted nationally on topics related to the impact of trauma on learning and on the role of trauma in student behaviors that can lead to punitive discipline and school failure. Ristuccia holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.


Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must contact Stephanie Guyotte via email at stephanie.guyotte@state.ma.us. All cancellations must be received via email at least 72 hours before the scheduled event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee.

Accessibility and Accommodations

All Middlesex Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Middlesex 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.daniels@state.ma.us.

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