May 3rd, 2018
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.
May 3, 2018
UPDATED Location: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton
8:15 am – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast
8:45 am – 2:30 pm Conference
Cost: Free for members || $100/nonmembers
Due to the change in venue, we are no longer offering the lunch special.
*****The 2017-2018 school year has had weather challenges which necessitated rescheduling some conferences. In order to facilitate awarding Professional Development Points (PDPs), we will be issuing Professional Development Points (PDPs) under the heading of Mental Health and Safety Conferences. Any combination of conferences an individual attends will be used to accumulate PDPs. They will not have to be linked, as previously required.
PDPs certificates will be issued at the end of the school year for all MPY conferences you attended during this school year. PDPs can only be issued to participants who have attended the conferences and submitted the appropriate paperwork. PDP certificates will be emailed to attendees.
*Applications for NASW and MaMHCA continuing education credits have been submitted for all Spring Mental Health Series Conferences.
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 conferences. In order to facilitate awarding PDPs, we will be issuing PDPs under the heading of Mental Health and Safety Conferences. Any combination of conferences an individual attends will be used to accumulate PDPs. They will not have to be linked, as previously required.
PDPs certificates will be issued at the end of the school year for all MPY conferences an individual attends during this school year. PDPs can only be issued to participants who have attended the conferences and submitted the appropriate paperwork. PDP certificates will be emailed to attendees.
NASW/MaMHCA are granting CEUs for Mental Health Series. CEUs are given at Mental Health Series conferences in a minimum of 5 hours, they do not need to be combined with other conferences.
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 Margie@mpyinc.org.
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