The Office of the Northwestern District Attorney's Safe and Healthy School Summit

Supporting the Mental Health of All Students

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The 8th Annual Safe and Healthy School Summit is presented by the Office of the Northwestern District Attorney, David E. Sullivan. 

This year's conference will address how to integrate mental health supports in primary and secondary schools to address chronic stress, anxiety and other issues facing students. 

The conference agenda will include keynote speakers, breakout workshops, presentation and discussion about local teen mental health data, a promising practices panel and more.

In addition to the speakers listed below, clinicians with Center for Community Resilience after Trauma, which provides community support in the aftermath of traumatic events will present about trauma and the development of self- and community-care plans, local educators will talk about initiatives funded by state Department of Education for mental health supports and a panel will discuss promising initiatives underway in local schools to bolster students mental health and increase connectedness in school.

Keynote Speaker

If ALL means ALL: Designing schools to meet the mental health needs of all students 

Megan Harding, MSW, will provide the context for what students are experiencing both inside and outside schools across Massachusetts and the country. She will discuss how we can organize schools in a way that the mental health needs of all students are integrated into curriculum, supports and tiered services. If we mean ALL when we say ALL, we need to think systemically. This keynote will invite participants to consider justice-driven, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework when thinking about innovative social-emotional and mental health interventions in schools across our region.

For more information about the conference presenters and agenda, email Northwestern District Attorney’s Office Director of Community Outreach and Education at

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Building Principals, Assistant Principals, Pupil Services Directors, Teachers, Para-educators, Nurses, Counselors, and School Resource Officers; Grades K - 12


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • thumbnail image of Megan Harding

    Megan Harding is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Policy Sequence at the Smith College School for Social Work and Family Engagement Specialist for the BRYT Network (a program of the Brookline Center for Mental Health) comprised of clinicians, teachers, parents, and students working together to strengthen mental health programming in schools. She is the former Director of Social Emotional Learning for Holyoke Public Schools.

  • thumbnail image of Paul Hyry Dermith

    Paul Hyry Dermith is the Director of Bridge Resilient Youth in Transition, a program of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, which offers a model to transition youth back into school after a prolonged absence. Formerly he served as a principal and assistant superintendent in Holyoke. He has previously worked in adult and family literacy, public health, and community coalition development.

  • thumbnail image of Jordan Burnham

    Jordan Burnham from Minding Your Mind is a mental health advocate who has spoken before Congress, participated in a White House conference on mental health and appeared in the media on the topic of mental health awareness.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.