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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


    Youth Mental Health First Aid 8-Hour 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: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm * (1 hour for lunch)

    Location: Northshore Education Consortium, 112 Sohier Road, Beverly, MA 01915 (3rd Floor Board Room)

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

    Participants will receive 8 PDPs upon completion

    Youth Mental Health First Aid

    Course 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.  

    NEC Conference – 2020

    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    Date: March 13, 2020

    Time: 8AM-3PM

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


    • Full-day conference for ALL NEC staff ( keynote , morning session & afternoon interactive presentation)
    • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
    • Limited space in some classrooms so register early



    Behavioral Health Conference, 2020

    Navigating Our Multi-Stressed World: Best Practices to Support Ourselves and Others

    Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

    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 and CEU Educator accreditation for 5.5 hours of participation.



    Pamela Garramone, MEd | Seven Ways To Be Happy – Instantly!

    Pam Garramore teaches Positive Psychology – the Science of Happiness – to middle and high school students, teachers and corporate employees. She is a Positive Psychology Life Coach and Founder of the happiness incubator Thrive Now Boston. She’s been awarded the MSSAA Gerald H. Silverman Award and the MIAA Wellness Partner of the Year Award. It was when Garramone realized she wasn’t all that happy; she decided to study how to be happier with former Harvard University Professor Tal Ben-Shahar. She now practices and teaches happiness habits on

    Windi Bowditch, MA, LMHC | Supporting Our Stressed and Anxious Kids; The Whys and the Hows | Parenting In A Scary World; Supporting Anxious Parents to Help Kids Thrive

    Windi Bowditch is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with adolescents for over 25 years in a variety of clinical settings to include residential programs, substance abuse treatment and community mental health centers. She has provided clinical consultation and supervision to youth programs throughout the years. Currently she is an instructor for the nationally recognized Youth Mental Health First Aid public education course. Windi has been employed by the Northshore Education Consortium (NEC) since 2007 where she served as the Assessment Coordinator at the Northshore Academy, a therapeutic middle/high school in Beverly for 12 years. Currently, Windi is the Director of Clinical Training and Consultation and provides clinical training and consultation to NEC’s therapeutic programs and staff. She is also a resource for training and support to NEC’s member public school districts around mental health challenges amongst students. In addition, Windi maintains a small private practice where she continues to specialize in working with teenagers.

    Janice Merion-Billings, LICSW, RYT 200 | Vicarious Trauma in the Workplace – Who is Caring for the Caregivers!

    Janice Merion-Billings is the Agency Clinical Director for NFI MA, Inc., a private non-profit agency serving adolescents and adults. She has a MSW in Clinical Social Work from Simmons University with over 25 years of experience working with at-risk individuals with complex trauma. Janice has held a variety of clinical/managerial positions in diverse settings including prisons, domestic violence shelters, IRTPs, juvenile justice programs, and private practice.

    With increasing demands from state funders, consumers presenting with higher degrees of acuity, and the staff turnover dilemma in caring, health, and education fields, Janice is increasingly concerned about who is “caring for the caregiver” and the toll this work is taking on those trying to make a difference. Janice brings training and experience with Hatha/Trauma focused yoga, meditation, and other wellness methods to all aspects of her work and personal life.



    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