NE Independent Schools Auxiliary & Summer Programs Workshop 3/25/20

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Export to iCalendar

Exploring Behavioral Challenges

We have been hearing that auxiliary and summer programs have seen increases in behavioral challenges of campers and mental, social, and emotional health of campers and staff in recent years. Join us for a day designed to explore multiple strategies, processes, and approaches to this work: from programs and systems to legal considerations.

This year’s program will include:

  • Networking
  • Building for Behavior: Ground-Level Considerations for Supporting Behavioral Needs at Camp workshop, led by Elise Wulff, Program Manager for Child Services at MGH Aspire. In the push for inclusion there’s a newfound importance for honest self-reflection about a program’s current systems and whether or not they can support ‘all campers.’ This presentation will provide an overview of recommendations for policies, procedures, and protocols foundational for balancing camper and program needs. We will also suggest practical program components, such as scheduling and space, to consider if you intentionally or inadvertently need to support greater camper behavior needs.
  • a working lunch, A New Way to Think About Challenging Behavior, facilitated by Maggie Magner, Director of Summer Fenn & Auxiliary Programs. Kids with challenging behavior are a significant source of counselor/staff turnover, teacher burnout, and therapeutic referrals. Maggie will share her experience in using the Collaborative Problem Solving Model™ (developed at the Think:Kids center of MGH’s Department of Psychiatry). Explore the revolutionary mindset shift to “skills, not will” that will make you rethink challenging kids. Maggie will review tangible tools and participants will have a chance to practice.
  • time to explore legal considerations related to behavior and mental health such as ADA, what information you can ask/require staff and campers/parents to disclose, restraint policies, and other thinks you should be thinking about, led by Samantha Halem, Partner at Marshall Halem LLC and legal counsel for The Brimmer and May School.

Additional Information

Coffee, light snacks, and lunch are included with your registration.

The 2020 New England Camp Conference begins on Thursday. This workshop will be a great way to kick off your experience if you plan to attend the New England Camp Conference! While we encourage you to consider attending the entire New England Camp Conference (and you get a discount in registration for this workshop if you're registered for the conference), it is not required to participate in this Auxiliary/Summer Programs Workshop.

Registration rate is based on your individual ACA membership status.

Registrations are non-refundable but may be transferred to another individual from your school/ camp/ organization prior to the workshop.

Contact Us

Kerry Salvo, Director of Education and Professional Development, 781-541-6080 ext. 104 or

DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown   Visit Website

700 Elm St
Manchester, NH

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