Sessions – 2019 Health Summit
During the Summit, “Facing the Challenges of Mental Health Issues: Keeping Our Children, Schools, Families and Communities Healthy!” you will come away with ways to
- Communicate effectively with all stakeholders
- Engage and empower parents to support student success and overall well-being
- Advocate for the needs of every child in your school, community, or state
- Develop partnerships that support growth and mission implementation
Plan your Workshop Itnerary
Browse the list of workshop sessions below to plan your itinerary. All workshops will be open seating. To print the 2019 Health Summit Program Brochure click here: 2019 PTA Health Summit Brochure
*Please note: you may printout and fill in the form to mail your registration, accompanied with your check made out to Massachusetts PTA or click on the “Register Button” and register online by credit card.
Session A (runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)
The Invisible Suitcase – An overview of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care
This training will provide attendees the knowledge and skills needed to understand, interact with, and advocate for traumatized children. Participants will be able to define child trauma and describe how children may respond to traumatic events. The curriculum will provide education about the impact of trauma on the development and behavior of children as well as skills to enhance trauma-informed advocacy and responses to trauma reactions.
Presented by: Ashlee Dionne, LICSW
Positive Lifestyles & Life Balance
Following the desired habits for health and wellness is not always easy. A panel of experts on positive lifestyles and balancing life will discuss environmental impacts as well as other issues that affect our mental health and well-being. They will provide strategies to address challenges in reaching a healthy positive lifestyle for children and families.
Presented by: Lisa Jackson, M.S.,RD, LDN, Rebecca Manley, MS.; Dr. Sean Palfrey, MD; Lucinda Ward, M.Ed., RD, SNS
Help! Where do I get support for my child and student??
Children, teens and students of all ages go through emotions and fears, but when is it too much? How do you recognize that your child/student/athlete needs help in sorting out their fears and emotions? The schools have expert, professional educators/psychologists, behaviorists, counselors, nurses and so many more who can help you whether you are a parent, an educator, a coach, or a community member who works with children and teens. Let’s hear what our panel of experts have to say and how they can help!
Presented by: Karen Jarvis-Vance, B. S., Fitchburg State University, MSN Elms; Julie Ma M.Ed., BCBA, LABA; Dr. Angela Mousseau PH.D.; Stephanie G. Van Winkle, M.Ed.
Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students
An Act Relative to Gender Identity, which became effective in 2012, protects students from discrimination based on gender identity, as well as sexual orientation. This session will review the laws, policies, resources, and best practices for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students.
The Safe Schools Program, DESE for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students
Session B (runs from 10:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.)
A Deeper Dive – Understanding Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Utilizing experiential activities and an expert panel, this workshop will provide participants with a deeper look at how trauma impacts children. This workshop will help participants look “under the iceberg” at what is fueling children’s behaviors.
Presented by: Karen DeRoche, RN and Ashlee Dionne, LICSW
Recognizing Mental Health and Emotional issues with our Special Education children and students!
This workshop will provide an overview of current mental issues in special education, with an emphasis on anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Evidence-based practices related to these disorders will be reviewed and discussed in the context of educational programming. The workshop will include case discussions with recommendations, strategies, and programming to address the needs of specific students and special education programs. Attendees are encouraged to bring cases to discuss.
Presented by: Dr. Angela Mousseau PH.D.
Students at the Center: The Map Academy Model
A growing number of youth feel overwhelmed by life both in and out of school and disengaged from the learning experiences that they crave. These are the students who most need our support: students whose struggle in and out of school make success a steep uphill climb. This workshop will showcase the teaching, learning and engagement model of Map Academy, a new public high school option in Plymouth, MA. This unique model is designed to meet students where they are and support them for success with personalized instruction, competency-based advancement, trauma-informed wraparound support, flexible pathways to graduation, and community partnerships that create learning opportunities centered around the student, their interests, and ambitions.
Presented by: Rachel Babcock, BA, Masters, Boston University and Josh Charpentier, BA, Masters, Bridgewater State University
Just Talk About It: A Workshop about Youth Mental Health
Join Jon Mattleman, Clinician, in an interactive and engaging presentation providing a survey of relevant mental health topics impacting youth, including anxiety, depression, and suicide. Gain the information and skills to move beyond the stigma and notice warning signs and triggers of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek immediate help. Jon utilizes a variety of engaging techniques to create a supportive environment allowing for robust discussion of these difficult topic.
Presented by: Jon Mattleman, MS Counseling, Clinical Director, Minding Your Mind