Mental Health Series - Mindfulness

March 13th, 2018

Mental Health Series 

Mindfulness: Alleviating Stress in Schools by Encouraging Compassion, Gratitude and Kindness

Stress and anxiety among school staff and students is very common. Specialized school staff – special educators, psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors – play a unique role in schools and may be especially vulnerable to stress and anxiety since they interact with students facing specific challenges in school.

This conference will explore how to engage the whole community – students, school administrators, staff, and parents – in building a culture of kindness and compassion. Within the context of community-building and classroom settings, two veteran special education administrators, along with mindfulness experts, will explore practices and tools to support bringing compassion, gratitude and kindness into schools and communities.

The afternoon session will feature a mini-workshop to demonstrate how to engage students in games that build social and emotional development.  Discussions will identify strategies for transforming potentially destructive feedback into constructive feedback.

March 13, 2018 

UPDATED Location: Prince Pizzeria - 517 Broadway (Rt 1 Southbound), Saugus, MA

8:15 am – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am – 2:30 pm Conference

Cost: Free for members || $100/nonmembers

LUNCH: Participants will have the opportunity to purchase lunch (pizza, salad and a soft drink) for $15. Please email Camila ( ASAP with your request. 


  • Kristi Nelson, M.P.A., Executive Director, A Network for Grateful Living
  • Paula Black, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Student Services, Newton Public Schools
  • Patric Barbieri, M.Ed., Executive Director, LABBB Collaborative
  • Craig Martin, M.Ed., Principal, Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, Boston Public Schools
  • Ed Hauben, Director, Newton Community Education
  • Susan Rivers, Ph.D., Executive Director and Chief Scientist, IThrive Games, Boston
  • Shari Engelbourg , Special Education Coordinator/Mindfulness Coach, TEC High School
  • Sarah Maxwell, Program Specialist Springboard, Newton Public Schools
  • Dianne Lochhead, Principal, Central Newton Public Schools


*This conference may be linked with the MPY Fall Conference “Mindfulness for Youth: Removing Barriers to Connection and Community in Schools” (10/25/17) for 10 PDPs.

*Applications for NASW and MaMHCA continuing education credits have been submitted for all Spring Mental Health Series Conferences.

*Please note that this conference will be held at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus, not at One Cranberry Hill, Lexington.

Membership information:
Member rates for MPY events are available to current employees of member organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel.
Former and retired employees, 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
PDPs are offered for all MPY professional development conferences. PDPs are issued for minimum of 10 hours through attending two linked conferences.  To earn PDPs, you must attend this event and its companion conference in the spring.  
NASW/MaMHCA are granting CEUs for the Mental Health Series.  

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must cancel online at least 48 hours prior to event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee. Conference no shows are also charged a fee.  For assistance call MPY at 781-587-3411.

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

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