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Thursday, June 4, 2020
4:00–5:30 p.m.



Enabling Teachers to Create Healing Spaces in Virtual and in Actual Classrooms

Maintaining School Mental Health Services in the Midst of The COVID-19 Crisis

The Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the Derner School of Psychology are pleased to invite you to a free zoom workshop for school mental health practitioners.

1.5 CE credits

The Covid-19 crisis has caused many trauma related anxieties and insecurities in children. The school can be a safe place that provides nurturance and restores security, foundations for learning to take place. This workshop focuses on the role that school mental health practitioners can play in enabling teachers to create healing spaces for their students in virtual classrooms now and in actual classrooms once schools reopen. 

Dr. Michael O’Laughlin will clarify the components that go into making the classroom a “healing space”. He will expand upon ways to enable teachers to be deeply attuned listeners to the emotional messages conveyed through the actions as well as the words of their students. Effective learning is optimized when children feel that their emotions are understood and accepted.

Dr. Kirkland Vaughans will elaborate upon his experiences as a school psychologist in the Hempstead Public Schools where he worked actively to enable teachers to recognize and develop strategies to meet the psychological and educational needs of their students.

Registrants are encouraged to submit questions and to express their interests before and during the presentation. Ample time will be provided for interaction between audience members and the speakers.


Stephen Hyman, Ph.D.
Founder and Co-director, Adelphi University’s Postgraduate Program in Psychodynamic School Psychology; former school psychologist, Hewlett Woodmere Public Schools; Journal article: The School as a Holding Environment; Private Practice, Roslyn Heights, New York.


Michael O’Loughlin, Ph.D.
Professor, Adelphi University School of Education; faculty, Adelphi masters and doctoral program in school psychology. Author of many articles on the immigrant experience, helping children cope with trauma and on emotional support services to asylum seekers, Private Practice, Long Island, New York.

Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D.
Director, Adelphi University Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; former school psychologist, Hempstead Public Schools; Director, Derner Hempstead Child Clinic; Co-author: The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents; Private Practice, Manhattan, New York.


Registration is now closed.

For more information, please contact:

Kathy Kannengeiser
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