Supporting Our Immigrant Students

November 16th, 2018

Supporting Our Immigrant Students

Mental Health Series

Students from other countries often face challenges as they integrate into new schools and communities. Some have faced dangers and trauma in their country of origin or as they traveled to the United States. This conference will focus on how to recognize symptoms of stress that may manifest over time and how to make our schools and communities inclusive and supportive of immigrant students.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Location: Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School - 565 Maple Street, Hathorne

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

8:45 am – 2:30 pm Conference

Cost: Free for members || $100/nonmembers


  • Joseph Curtatone, Mayor, Somerville Public Schools
  • Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW., M.A., Director of Community Relations, Refugee Trauma & Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Sarah Davila, Ph.D., District Administrator of Programs, English Learner Education / Family and Community Partnerships, Somerville Public Schools
  • John Oteri, M.Ed., Superintendent, Malden Public Schools
  • Student Panel

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 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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff, upon approval from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). Approval is greanted by the NASW and MaMHCA separately for each conference. Conference participants may request CEUs by filling out the appropriate paperwork at MPY conferences. 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 72 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

Handouts from Saida Abdi

Handout #1

Handout #2

Handout #3

Sarah Davila's PowerPoint Presentation

PDP Form *Please Print and Bring

CEU Form *Please Print and Bring

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