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Finding our Way: Healing our Traumatized Children

Start Date: Oct 04, 2019

End Date: Oct 04, 2020

Number of Credits: 5


Many children face adversity with traumatic abuse, neglect or special needs that often lead to apathy, learning problems or aggressive behavior. Dr. Nancy Rappaport, M.D., will provide a comprehensive, accessible, and flexible framework for intervention with traumatized children and their caregivers. She will share the FAIR plan method of understanding and improving behavior in challenging students, which looks at the function of the behavior, accommodations, interventions, and nurturing responses to traumatized students.

The workshop will blend didactics with interactive discussion and the use of case studies, allowing participants to learn from one another and practice new skills.

Please contact Kelly Pilkey at (518) 584-3600 ext. 3085 or with questions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe why traditional behavior plans of reward and consequences often do not work for students with challenging behavior and list the elements of a FAIR behavior plan.
  • Describe trauma’s impact on behavior and strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive environment and the importance of relationship building.
  • List the components of a comprehensive safety assessment, key warning signs and questions to ask following a threat.
  • Explain the importance of building resiliency for provider and patients and list ways that can help us continue to learn as clinicians.

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • psychiatrists
  • primary care and family practice physicians
  • pediatricians
  • psychologists
  • nursing professionals
  • social workers
  • residents, and
  • other mental health, primary care, and pediatric clinicians

Nancy Rappaport, M.D.

Dr. Nancy Rappaport is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of Princeton University, Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital.

Dr. Rappaport received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness in 2012. She is the author of the memoir In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide  and The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students.

Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry.

Live Event Date: October 4, 2019






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of the Westchester Academy of Medicine and the Four Winds Hospital (Saratoga).  The Westchester Academy of Medicine is accredited by MSSNY to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

The Westchester Academy of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.00  AMA PRA Category I Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



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