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2019 Behavioral Health Conference

Professional Development that strives to provide learning opportunities of excellence for educators and professionals to enable them to develop the knowledge, skills and practices necessary to meet the learning needs of all students.





Workshops and full-day conferences provide an opportunity for educators and professionals to enhance their knowledge base on topics relating to education, special education, behavioral health and youth issues while also providing an opportunity for networking among colleagues. All trainings are facilitated by presenters with expertise in their field. Workshop and conference selections are based on needs assessment from our member districts and our collaborative. Requests are highly regarded in the planning of all professional and family programs.

Continuing Education Credits

  • PDPS

  • Certificates of Attendance

  • CEUS – For clinical trainings only. Offered through the Collaborative of NASW

Professional Development Weather Cancellation Policy

If Beverly Public Schools and/or NEC are closed due to weather, all  NEC PD events are cancelled for that day/evening.  NEC closings are posted on WBZ. If the weather changes during the day, and there is an after school PD session scheduled, participants will be notified by email by 2:00.  It is the responsibility of participants to check their email.


Upcoming Events



    School Year 2018-2019

    Youth Mental Health First Aid 8-Hour August Course

    Due to a generous grant from the John W. Alden Trust to support Youth Mental Health First Aid training, we are able to offer this course at the reduced rate of $25 (normally $100)

    Instructor: Windi Bowditch, LMHC & Robyn Steinberger, SAC

    Date: Monday, August 12, 2019 & Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Time: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm each day *

    Location: Northshore Education Consortium 112 Sohier Road, Beverly, MA 01915 (2nd Floor Training Room)

    Cost: $ 25.00 includes refreshments (not lunch) and materials

    Participants will receive 8 PDPs upon completion



    Youth Mental Health First Aid FLYER

    To register by mail send check or PO to: NEC, 112 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA 01915

    * Training is an 8-hour course and will begin promptly at 8 am each day.  If you register, please plan on attending both consecutive days for purposes of continuity, context, and the progressive nature of the information/material being presented.


    Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Practicum & Fieldwork

    The Orton-Gillingham Associate Level practicum provides teachers who have completed the 30-hour introductory course with the opportunity to apply the theory of OG instruction while working with a student at their own school site or in a private setting.

    Instructor: Kerri McDonald-Schaub, M.Ed., AOGPE Fellow

    Dates: All face-to-face seminar classes will take place on the last Tuesday of the month from October through May (weather delays/cancellations follow MERSD schedule)

    Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

    Location: Manchester-Essex Regional Middle-High School Library

    Prerequisite: Participants must have completed the Orton-Gillingham Level I and II course within the last two years.

    Cost: $3,500 (includes 30 additional hours of coursework and 10 practicum observations hours)




    NEC Conference – 2018

    Date: March 9, 2018

    Time: 8AM-3PM

    Location: Northshore Academy Upper School, 126 Sohier Road, Beverly MA

    Time to register for your (morning only) workshop! 

    Register early to get your first choice​ ​! ​

    Choose a 2nd choice- if first choice is full ​


    Full-day conference for all NEC staff ( keynote , morning session & PLC groups)
    Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
    Limited space in some classrooms so register early



    2019 Behavioral Health Conference

    Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    Location: Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield Boston Hotel & Conf. Center, Wakefield, MA

    Time: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

    Cost: $175 for NEC Member Districts / $200 for Non Members

    This program is approved for PDP Educator accreditation for 5.5 hours of participation.


    Cory Mashburn, M.Ed. -Supporting Transgender Youth

    This workshop is designed to provide a basic understanding and increase awareness of issues faced by transgender students. Participants will have a greater understanding of the terminology associated with gender identity and why it is important in providing a safe and supportive school environment for these students whose rights are protected under the law.

    David Gotthelf, Ph.D. -Social Skills Challenges for Students with High Functioning ASD

    Students identified with High Functioning ASD, otherwise known as Asperger’s Syndrome, present behaviors that require more subtle and relationship oriented interventions compared to an ABA approach.  This presentation reviews some of the challenges inherent in this diagnostic profile, including addressing the question as to if and when interventions are necessary.  This presentation will review the social skills challenges that students encounter, with specifics addressing the needs of young students vs. adolescents.

    Courtney Breen, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist -Animal Assistance in the Classroom

    Learn how animals provide support to affected individuals in a school environment.  Learn about the different roles that assistance animals can offer and how those can best be integrated into a school environment. In this presentation we will review the research on this topic and will discuss concerns and issues with animals in the classroom, as well as how these can be resolved.  We will highlight the ways in which dogs have provided support for students affected by trauma and anxiety.




    Mail: Make check payable to Northshore Education Consortium and mail to: Attn: Kathy Mahoney
    Northshore Education Consortium, 112 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA 01915

    Fax: Fax PO and registration form to 978-232-9449

    For information call Kathy Mahoney at 978-232-9755 x 1258
    or email