Date & Time: February 4, 2021 – April 22, 2021
Location: Virtual

A Ten-Session Seminar Series for School Psychologists, School Social Workers and School Guidance Counselors

15 CE credits for the entire 10 seminars
1.5 CE credits for each 90-minute seminar class session
Social Work, Psychology, MHC, MFT

When the external world around us is in turmoil it’s inevitable that our internal world is in a state of emotional distress.

Life with Covid-19, political divisiveness, racial tensions, threats to the environment, gender inequalities, natural disasters, business closings and financial crisis translates into experiences of insecurity, fear and a sense of helplessness. Children who are impacted by theses circumstances are especially vulnerable to depression, agitation and insecurities that can risk compromising their academic, behavioral and social functioning.

Self- regulation, secure attachment relationships, executive functioning, curiosity and new learning are severely compromised when a child lives in a constant internal state of hyper-vigilance and fearfulness.

An objective of this seminar series is to enable schools to be trauma informed.

School mental health professionals are in an important position to respond to the mental health needs of traumatized individuals and groups of students. They also can play a significant role in promoting school policies, programs and staff trainings aimed at preventing trauma while fostering the resilience and stability that will enable children to cope with the challenges they face.

When speaking of societal turmoil the emotional upheaval that impacts students also affects school personnel, ourselves included. We and others in the school community are in this together. Class discussions will include the issue of containing our own anxieties during these difficult times.

Instructors in this seminar series are clinicians and writers with expertise in working with children who suffer from various forms of trauma. Recognizing the symptoms of and treatment for different types of trauma will be stressed with a focus on the impact of trauma on students’ school performance. The classes are designed to be relevant to the daily work of school mental health professionals. Participants are encouraged to prepare case material to discuss with the instructors and with their colleagues.


Stephen Hyman, PhD
Dr. Stephen Hyman is the 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.

Matthew Tedeschi. PhD
Dr. Matthew Tedeschi, is a Co-Director and faculty, Adelphi University Postgraduate Program in Psychodynamic School Psychology; faculty, Adelphi postgraduate programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; former school psychologist Western Suffolk BOCES; Private Practice, Northport, New York.


February 4
Ready to Learn: Challenges in Early Development
Instructor: Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, IMHE

February 10
Potential Avenues for Healing Strategies with Poor Youth of Color in Response to the Dual Pandemics of Covid-19 and Structural Racism
Instructors: Kirkland Vaughans, PhD, Nicole Daisy-Etienne, PhD

February 25 & March 4
Treatment Considerations in School Based Mental Health Services for Traumatized Children
Instructor: Jill Bellinson, PhD

March 11 & 18
Children’s Emotional Responses to the Climate Crisis, the 6th Mass Extinction and Other Aspects of Our Dysregulating Ecosystems
Instructor: Elizabeth Allured, PsyD

March 25 & April 8
School-Based Interventions for Families in Crisis: Accessing the Experience of Trauma that Influences Internal and Interpersonal Struggle
Instructor: Art Mones, PhD, ABPP

April 15 & 22
The Corrosive Effect of Repeated Experiences of Failure in Children:
l- With Learning and Emotional Difficulties
ll- On the Autistic Spectrum

Instructor: Ionas Sapountzis, PhD

Many school districts allow applying these CE credits towards salary increments. Check with your district for further information.

Credentialing Information

Participants will receive 15 CE credits upon completion of the ten session seminar – 1.5 CE credits for each 90 minute seminar class. Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0185; by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083; and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Hyman
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Matthew Tedeschi
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