• Course Detail

    Students of all ages continue to struggle with increased mental health issues since the pandemic upended the world. According to a CDC 2021 survey, 42% of adolescent students felt persistently sad and 22% seriously considered attempting suicide. The U.S. Surgeon General has further emphasized the issue's urgency with his recent report on the youth loneliness crisis. Our children and teens are crying out for help, and those who work with school-aged youth must stay current with the latest knowledge and skills that will enhance the emotional well-being of our students.

    This course is designed to meet those needs and offer participants practical strategies with a mix of lecture, case studies, interactive panels and Q&A. Topics will cover resilience, risk assessment related to suicide and extremism, trauma awareness, social justice and immigrant supports; perfectionism, school avoidance and pediatric emergencies; while attending compassionately to ourselves and our colleagues.

    Participants will complete the course with practical and timely clinical information and skills based on emerging research, evidence-based practice and innovative learning strategies. And this year we are excited to now offer two options of format: in person or online livestream.

    We welcome all mental health and health clinicians, educators, school administrators, researchers, and others interested in the development and treatment of school-aged children and adolescents.

    Who Should Attend

    • Primary Care Providers
    • Specialty Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Psychologists
    • Counselors
    • Social Workers
    • Family Therapists

    Learning Objectives

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

    • Summarize how clinicians and educators can establish an environment of social justice and resilience for students of diverse racial and gender/sexual identities.
    • Articulate the foundational skills of motivational interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to identify and treat perfectionism or other mental health issues.
    • Review how to address suicidal ideation, pediatric mental health emergencies, the symptoms of trauma, stressors for migrant and refugee students, and risk in the development of extremist ideologies in students.
    • Outline brain and behavior mechanisms of irritability and cognitive flexibility in children.
    • Summarize how creative applications of one's area of expertise can help reduce the risk of burnout and improve career satisfaction.

    For a list of session-specific learning objectives, email cme@challiance.org

    ABMS/ACGME Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Medical Knowledge

    IOM Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine Core Competencies:

    • Provide Patient-Centered Care
    • Employ Evidence-Based Practice


    Please contact the Continuing Education Programs with any questions by email at ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu or phone at (617) 384-8600.

  • Agenda

    Friday, January 26, 2024

    8:05-8:15 AM
    Welcome & Introduction
    Nancy Rappaport, MD; Christopher Willard, PsyD
    8:15-9:30 AM
    Social Justice Is About the Patients, Families, and Communities We Serve
    Charles Barrett, PhD, NCSP
    9:30-10:30 AM
    EMPOWER Youth: A Digital Solution for Addressing Common Mental Health Challenges in School Settings
    Ariel Sternberg, PhD
    10:30-11:00 AM
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Motivational Interviewing: Skills for Success
    Aaronson Chew, PhD, MSCP
    12:00-1:00 PM
    Lunch (on own)
    1:00-2:00 PM
    Girls, Boys and Sex
    Peggy Orenstein
    2:00-3:00 PM
    Managing Long-Term Suicidal Ideation in Diverse School Settings
    Jessica Chock-Goldman, DSW, LCSW
    3:00-3:20 PM
    3:20-4:05 PM
    Managing Pediatric Emergencies
    Zheala Qayyum, MD, MMSc
    4:05-5:05 PM
    When Avoidance is Perfectionistic: Challenges and Evidence-Based Tools
    Maryam Khodadoust, PsyD
    5:05-5:15 PM
    Close Day 1

    Saturday, January 27, 2024

    8:10-8:15 AM
    Welcome Day 2
    Nancy Rappaport, MD; Christopher Willard, PsyD
    8:15-9:15 AM
    Finding Hope: Wes' Journey of Healing from His Mental Health Struggles
    Wes Woodson
    9:15-10:15 AM
    Between Mad, Bad and Sad: Advancing What is Known About Irritability in Children & Adolescents
    Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP
    10:15-10:45 AM

    10:45-11:30 AM
    Sexual Assault in Adolescence
    Judith Herman, MD
    11:30 AM-12:30 PM
    Immigrant Mental Health: Supporting Newcomers in School Settings
    Vanja Pejic, PhD
    12:30-1:30 PM
    Lunch (on own)
    1:30-2:30 PM
    Why I Started a Podcast: Infusing Change into the Arc of Professional Development
    Kerry-Ann Williams, MD
    2:30-3:30 PM
    Preventing and Rehabilitating Extremism in Youth
    Myrieme Nadri-Churchill, MEd; Jessica Stern, PhD
    3:30-3:50 PM
    3:50-5:05 PM
    Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students
    Jeff Perrotti, PhD, Landon Callahan; Reece Dahlberg
    5:05-5:10 PM
    Close Program
  • Faculty
    Charles Barrett, PhD, NCSP

    School Psychologist
    Assistant Director, Internship Supervisor, and Chair, Committee on Diversity for Loudoun County Public Schools' APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
    Co-Chair, Social Justice Task Force and African American Subcommittee, and Chair, Multicultural Affairs and Social Justice Committees, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

    Landon Callahan

    Lead Trainer, Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students

    Aaronson Chew, PhD, MSCP

    Founder, Growth Proof LLC
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Full-Time, Harvard Medical School

    Jessica Chock-Goldman, DSW, LCSW

    Director of Clinical Services/Social Worker, Bard High School Early College Manhattan
    Adjunct Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work
    Adjunct Professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College

    Reece Dahlberg


    Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP

    Chief and Director of Research, Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Hall-Mercer Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Director, The PediMIND Program, McLean Hospital; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Judith Herman, MD

    Professor of Psychiatry (Part-Time), Harvard Medical School
    Former Director of Training, Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance

    Maryam Khodadoust, PsyD

    Clinical Psychologist in private practice

    Myrieme Nadri-Churchill, MEd

    Executive Director, Parents for Peace

    Peggy Orenstein

    Best-Selling Author and Magazine Contributor

    Vanja Pejic, PhD

    Attending Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Boston Children's Hospital
    Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Jeff Perrotti, PhD

    Founding Director, Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students

    Zheala Qayyum, MD, MMSc

    Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Medical Director, Emergency Psychiatry Service
    Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, Boston Children's Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Assistant Professor Adjunct of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

    Sara Romero, PhD

    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Jessica Stern, PhD

    Senior Preparedness Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Research Professor, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies
    Member, Homeland Security Experts Group; Fellow, The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

    Ariel Sternberg, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow and Project Director of the Youth FIRST Study in the Lab for Youth Mental Health, Harvard University Department of Psychology

    Wes Woodson

    Lived Experience Advocate

    Kerry-Ann Williams, MD

    Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
    Medical Director, Massachusetts Children's Residential Programming, Justice Resource Institute
    Lecturer on Psychiatry, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School

    Course Directors

    Harvard Medical School Continuing Education attracts the best and brightest faculty from all around the world. As a student in this course, you’ll have access to outstanding course directors and faculty.

    Nancy Rappaport, MD

    Consultant, School-Based Programs, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School

    Christopher Willard, PsyD

    Psychologist and Educational Consultant
    Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Karen Kuc, MPH

    Director, Continuing Education in Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance​​​
    Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • CE Information


    In support of improving patient care, Harvard Medical School is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 14.00 continuing education credits.

    Social Workers

    This program has been approved for a total of 14 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D 92074-3. NY Social Workers: The Division of Continuing Education in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider #0038 of continuing education for licensed social workers. This course has been approved for 14.00 contact hours.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5444. This program meets the requirements for 14.00 continuing education hours. CHA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This offering is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health accreditation for 14.00 credits.

    Family Therapists

    This activity has been certified by New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education, Certificate #PC- 042069 (In-person) and #PC-042070 (Livestream) for a total of 14.0 contact hours. The States of CT and RI accept NBCC and NASW approval for marriage and family therapy.

    Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

    For the purpose of recertification, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

    Canadian Accreditation

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

    European Accreditation

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has an agreement of mutual recognition of continuing medical education (CME) credit with the European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS). Additional information regarding this agreement may be found here.

    Disclosure Policy

    Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


    CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

  • Fees & Location

    Tuition for School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12 is listed below. You may register through our secure online environment and will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your payment. Prices include CME credit, electronic syllabus, refreshments, and access to course materials for 30 days after the course.

    At the end of the registration process, a $10 non-refundable processing fee will be added to your registration. Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

    Please note, we are currently accepting onsite registrations by credit card only. Registration completed online within 1 week of the course must be paid for using a credit card. Registration payments by check or wire must be received one business day before the start of the course.

    Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance reserve the right to cancel or postpone this program if necessary. In the event of cancellation, course fees will be refunded. We are not responsible for other costs incurred such as non-refundable airline tickets or hotel penalties. All registered meeting participants, staff, vendors and guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must also comply with all applicable regulations imposed by federal, state, and/or local health authorities and government mandates as well as abide by all safety precautions established by meeting and hotel venues.

    Course Tuition

    In Person

    Live Virtual

    $495 - If registered by Dec 28, 2023
    $455 - If registered by Dec 28, 2023

    $385 - If registered by Dec 28, 2023
    $345- If registered by Dec 28, 2023

    $385 - If registered by Dec 28, 2023
    $345- If registered by Dec 28, 2023

    Other Allied Health Professional 
    $385 - If registered by Dec 28, 2023
    $345- If registered by Dec 28, 2023

    Hotel Reservations

    Fairmont Copley Plaza
    138 St. James Avenue
    Boston, MA 02116

    A block of rooms for the nights of January 25th, 26th, and 27th 2024 has been reserved at the hotel for this event, under the group name Cambridge Health Alliance.

    All reservations must be made, modified, or canceled individually through the hotel’s Reservation Department via this link (https://book.passkey.com/go/CHASchoolMentalHealth2024) or by calling 1-800-441-1414 and referring to Group Name. Reservations for rooms accessible to guests with disabilities may be made in the same manner.

    Reservations must be made on or before January 1, 2024 to guarantee the CHA group rate.

    Hotel confirms the following guest room rates per night:

    $199 Moderate Room

    $209 Fairmont Room (Single or double-bedded)

    $249 Deluxe Room

    Guest room rates are exclusive of applicable taxes and service fees.

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