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 DAY 1

Date:  August 5th 9am - 4pm

The Self-Regulation Training System

Self-Regulation includes a set of insights and skills students need for academic success, emotional control, and healthy social interaction. When a young person is lacking in his/her ability to self-regulate emotions and behavior, negative outcomes are easily observable. 

Presenter: Brad Chapin, MS, LCP, LMLP

Brad Chapin is a masters level psychologist and a national speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. He is also the Director for Children's Services at a regional mental health center. Brad has a passion for teaching parents and school professionals the importance of helping children develop healthy Self-Regulation skills. 

Brad continues to create innovative strategies utilizing technology to engage children in the process. Brad believes that Self-Regulation provides an easy-to-learn and easy-to-implement framework for addressing many of the problem areas children and families experience including ADHD, anger/behavior problems, academic issues, social/emotional problems, Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety/depression. Brad is the author of Helping Young People Learn About Self-Regulation, Helping Teens Learn About Self-Regulation, Helping Pre-Schoolers Learn About Self-Regulation, The Legend of the Regulators and the SECRET List, and the creator of the Challenge Software (www.cpschallenge.com)  program for children

In this one-day training, the presenter will provide recommendations and strategies that you will be able to use with all students, and in particular with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. Included will be practical insights, recommendations and learning activities that are based upon the evidence-based approaches used in cognitive-behavior psychology. The content of this training is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. The presenter will provide creative, fresh and engaging approaches for individual students, small groups, classrooms, and the whole school.


Learning objectives:

  • To develop a level of understanding of the Self-Regulation framework sufficient for teaching it to students and presenting it to parents.

  • To apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase self-regulation including: cooling the flame, my warning signs, melting freeze, you can’t make me laugh, free emotional expression, challenge software program, defiance trap.

  •  To organize and implement strategies in a way that is most effective for addressing many social/emotional, behavioral and academic problem areas including:

    • Anger and Oppositional Behavior

    • Depression & Anxiety

    • Academic Performance

    • Chronic Impulsiveness

    • ADHD

    • Motivation

    • Learned Helplessness

    • Bullying & other School Safety issues

  • To access, monitor and report measurable outcomes from the application of self-regulation strategies presented in this training


 DAY 2


Date:  August 6th 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Formative Five and School Culture

This course will help school personnel in preparing students not simply to do well in school, but rather to succeed in life. While scholastic success is important, it should be the floor, not the ceiling. This course will guide participants on how to go beyond academics and develop students' social-emotional learning (SEL) in order to prepare them for a world in which the only constant is change. Participants will learn to create a school environment that will inculcate in our students’ The Formative Five success skills: empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit. 

Presenter: Thomas Hoerr, PhD

Tom Hoerr led schools for 37 years and has written three books on SECD (a fourth one will be published in December). He wrote “The Principal Connection” column in Educational Leadership Magazine from 2004 to 2018.

Dr. Hoerr will share how the components of an organization’s culture – values, practices, people, narrative, and place – can be used as a tool to implement SEL and teach the Formative Five. School leaders play a powerful role in framing culture, but a school’s culture belongs to administrators and teachers. In this session, ideas to develop SEL will be shared and created. These strategies can be done by administrators and teachers; we all own the culture


  • The ability to describe the importance of SECD and school culture;
  • Participants will learn how to identify aspects of the school environment that will help develop students' SEL
  • Participants will be able to list The Formative Five Success Skills (empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit)


August 6th, 2019 1:45 PM - 3:15 

School Administrators, School and Community-Based Mental Health Professionals: What You Need to Know From Each Other

This panel discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities that occur when mental health professionals and school leaders work together. Participants will learn from seasoned professionals about the best practices that make this unique interdisciplinary relationship work to help students and families succeed.

Moderated by Dr. Rona Novick, Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University, Dr. Novick holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values. Dr. Novick received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North-Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and served as its director for eight years, authoring the BRAVE bully prevention program for schools.


Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe is the Rosh HaYeshiva of Ateres Yaakov (MAY), a Five Towns based Mesivta and Yeshiva Gedolah with over 220 talmidim, as well as the Rav of Kehillah Ateres Yaakov. In addition to his decades as an experienced mechanech, Rabbi Yaffe holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is licensed to practice in the State of New York.

Debbie Hamburg with 25+ years of experience in Jewish Day Schools, Mrs. Debbie Hamburg has been a teacher at HANC, a curriculum coordinator at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Yeshiva Shaare Torah for Boys and Ohr Shraga and an Assistant Principal at Magen David Yeshiva. Mrs. Hamburg is presently the Elementary School Principal at RASG Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami. Working closely with her school psychologist, Mrs. Hamburg is an advocate for the social and emotional well-being of her students, as well as academic excellence.

Dr. Karyn Feinberg has a Masters Degree and Certification in School Psychology from The City College of New York and received her Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She has served as School Psychologist at Yeshiva Har Torah since 1990 and is currently its Director of Psychology Services. Dr. Feinberg previously worked in other Yeshivot, Public Schools, specialized preschools and mental health clinics.

Dr. Clark Goldstein is the founder of Growth Psychology, P.C., and was previously Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, Child Study Center. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, teens, and adults.


August 6, 2019 3:30 - 5:00 PM 

How Psycho-Educational and Neuropsychological Evaluations Inform Therapy
Participants will gain an understanding of how the results of a thorough psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluation can enable a therapist to understand and have better tools with which to work with students. Translating results into practical techniques in working with children and adolescents will be discussed.

Daniel Hollander, PsyD specializes in Children, Adolescents, and Developmental Disabilities. He conducts psychological, psycho-educational, neuropsychological and psycho-diagnostic evaluations as well as individual, couple, and family therapy with individuals who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. He provides communication and relationship skills to couples both pre and post marriage. He consults with schools, residential facilities and day treatment programs for individuals who are dually diagnosed.

Malky Zacharowicz, PsyD is a graduate of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She received training in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine doing clinical research with children with language impairments and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She was the senior psychologist at the Soifer Center for Learning and Child Development for 12 years. She has been teaching Psychology courses at Touro College for the past 21 years, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. Dr. Zacharowicz has a private practice in Cedarhurst conducting comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children.

Continuing Education Statement

NEFESH International is recognized 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-0048), and by the NYSED’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (#MFT-0046) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0082f).  

The policy set by the New York State Education Department State Boards for Social Work and Mental Health Practitioners requires attendees to be present for the entirety of trainings in order to receive certificates of Continuing Education hours. There is no accommodation by NYS policy for late arrivals or early departures; partial CE credit for partial attendance cannot be awarded.



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