27th Annual Fall Conference: Finding our Way - Healing our Traumatized Children

The Program

Many children face adversity with traumatic abuse, neglect, or special needs that often leads to apathy, learning problems, or aggressive behavior. Dr. Rappaport presents a comprehensive, accessible, and flexible framework for intervention with traumatized children and their caregivers. As the author of the influential book Behavior Code : A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, 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 children. Dr. Rappaport will offer new strategies for healing support to promote resilience and motivation to learn how to reach the children who need us the most.

Dr. Rappaport also has provided assessments and consultation to schools for over twenty years addressing whether a “child is safe to be in school” and her research shows that many times these are students with significant trauma. She will provide critical information so that adults can know warning signals for substantive threats to promote safety in schools and communities while also emphasizing context and nurturing developmental competencies in traumatized children.

Nancy Rappaport, MD

Dr. Nancy Rappaport is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and is currently a part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry. Working as a science teacher at an innovative elementary school in Harlem, NY where she advocated for support for struggling families was a life-altering experience and inspired her to enter medical school. 

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 also received Cambridge Health Alliance’s Art of Healing Award in 2013 – an award given to one who “transcends boundaries, joyfully embraces humanity, and profoundly inspires the healing of body and spirit.” Rappaport is the author of the memoir In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide, winner of the Boston Authors Club's 2010 Julia Ward Howe Prize. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called the book “Fearless … a stunning narrative of perspective, profound sadness and unrelenting hope.” She is also the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, written with behavioral analyst Jessica Minahan.

Register by September 28 at the discounted rate of $105 per person. Groups of 3 or more may register at the discounted rate of $120 per person after 9/28. Discount will appear during the payment process.


"Thank you so much for another wonderful, insightful conference!  As always, a great presenter and a very relevant topic. Your staff and students were amazing, our student waiter at lunch was helpful, courteous and sweet. In many years of attending professional development workshops, this is the first conference that I didn't want to end!"


Event Details

Event Date October 19, 2018
Event End Date October 19, 2018
Individual Price $135.00
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children
708 Kurn Hattin Road
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Group Rate

#Registrants Rate/Person($)
3 135.00

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