Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships | Online Trainings

New training

We are pleased to announce our new series: Returning to School: Supporting Students, Educators, and School Communities. They are free online workshops on social, emotional, and behavioral health for schools to support preparation for the school year following the impact of COVID-19.

TAP Online Free Training Series

The Training and Access Project (TAP) is an initiative within Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (BCHNP) that offers high-quality professional development and consultation services to Boston schools to help build capacity to address students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health needs. Since 2015, TAP has facilitated workshops for educators on a variety of topics related to social-emotional learning (SEL) and behavioral health. In order to reach more schools beyond Boston, TAP has evaluated and adapted this content to develop TAP Online: a series of free online courses for educators and school communities everywhere.

TAP Online is designed for all school staff including teachers, specialists, school nurses, school administrators, guidance counselors, paraprofessionals, and support staff. Each training is composed of easy-to-follow videos on key topics related to social-emotional learning and behavioral health in schools such as tools for the classroom, supports for students, managing crises, connecting families with services, and more.

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Available TAP Online Free Trainings

Please click on each training for more information and to register. You will be prompted to sign up to OpenPediatrics and asked to fill a brief registration form before accessing the free content. After this one-time registration, you will be able to access all of our courses.

All courses feature interviews with educators and clinicians discussing how to overcome challenges, tips on implementing effective strategies in the classroom, and guidelines for connecting with caregivers and healthcare providers. Additional resources and discussion topics that can be used at your school are also provided, as well as a certificate of completion.

An Overview of Social Emotional Development: What Can We Expect in the Classroom?

This training includes foundational information about social, emotional, and behavioral health in schools and incorporates important concepts such as engaging families, cultural sensitivity, and the impact of social-emotional development in academics and learning. This training includes:

  • reflections on how a child’s environments may impact their behavior and learning
  • information about social-emotional skills when considering developmental age and stage
  • definitions of the five key competencies of social-emotional learning and how to incorporate them into schools
  • easy-to-implement strategies and activities to foster children’s healthy social-emotional development at school
An Introduction to Behavioral Health in Schools: Supports for Students

This training uses an ecological model that takes into account development, environment, and cultural considerations to help build a context for understanding student behavior. The training also provides:

  • foundational information about behavioral health
  • an overview of some common behavioral health disorders
  • positive behavioral supports for school communities
  • strategies focused on prevention as well as building coping skills for students
  • an overview of therapeutic services that could be provided in schools or in the community, including considerations for how schools can support students, families, and caregivers find services and navigate the system
Managing Behavioral Health Crises in School

This training opens with definitions of behavioral health and behavioral health crisis. Beginning with prevention, it describes key components of developing a crisis protocol and why it is helpful to have a school-wide plan. It also provides:

  • concrete strategies for supporting students during a behavioral health crisis
  • ideas for partnering with caregivers using a strengths-based, culturally responsive approach
  • considerations for when to refer for an emergency behavioral health evaluation and best practices when using emergency services
  • ideas for facilitating communication between schools and providers
  • tips and tools for planning a thoughtful transition plan for students returning to school after a crisis
Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning Part 1: Definitions and Effects on the Brain

This training is the first in a three-part series focused on the impact of trauma. The series will discuss neurological factors, behavior, and learning, as well as supports that schools can provide to students who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This training provides:

  • definitions of trauma and traumatic events
  • information on a study on adverse childhood events (ACEs)
  • different types of stress and the stress response within the context of trauma
  • foundational information about specific structures of the brain, how the brain can be impacted by trauma, and how that may affect a student’s learning and behavior
  • protective factors and the role of schools in supporting students
Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning Part 2: Effect on Behavior, Learning, and Relationships

This training is the second in a three-part series focused on the impact of trauma. The series will discuss neurological factors, behavior, and learning, as well as supports that schools can provide to students who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It discusses:

  • behaviors students who have experienced trauma may present with and what these can look like in the classroom, using a strength-based lens
  • changes to the brain as a result of trauma and its affect on learning and memory
  • how students who have experienced trauma may struggle with forming and maintaining relationships, and strategies for building connections
  • supports, strategies, and resources that educators can provide to build students’ skills in school

Future Trainings

  • Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning Part 3 and other trainings

BCHNP would like to thank the Manton Foundation, C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, and the Clough Foundation for making the online projects possible.