Nassau BOCES Mental Health Consortium

Unity for Mental Wellness: Districts Embrace Collective Strength

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MHC Meetings

Our next presentation....

  • October 17, 2023

    9:30AM to 11:30PM - In-Person Presentation

    Join Todd Benjamin, LCSW as he explains the Educator's Edge Workshop Cohort

    This is an IN-Person Session and we will have breakfast.

    New this year!

    Educator's Edge Workshop Series Cohorts- Promoting Staff Wellness to MAXIMIZE Student Learning

    Being an educator is the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD - sometimes! Nassau BOCES has teamed up with Todd Benjamin, LCSW & Karen Mackler, Ph.D, two dedicated education professionals who are experts at creating classrooms that are peaceful, productive, and positive. 

    Whether you are a seasoned teacher or a new hire, these courses can inspire you to create productive and peaceful classrooms.  

    Let's reduce teacher burn-out and staff turnover! 

    This presentation will be an overview of the Educator's Edge Cohort Workshop Series.  This is a wonderful presentation for ALL TEACHER MENTOR LEADERS.

    Enrollment in the cohorts is included in your MHC membership- but enrollment is limited.  Please enroll ASAP.  We ask the teacher to commit to the cohort and attend all 3 sessions. 


    Please register on MLP here 

  • Formed in 2019 based on district requests, the Nassau BOCES Mental Health Consortium (MHC) united to collectively support the implementation of NYSED's Mental Health Education requirements. Now expanded, MHC embraces all 56 districts in Nassau County, alongside several districts in Suffolk and Westchester counties.    

    We are excited to be able to offer membership to ANY school district in NYS as of July 1, 2023.

    2023-2024 MHC District Membership Fee $2,950

    Click here to send us an email to request membership information.

  • The Mental Health Consortium offers 10+ collegial work groups/circles that meet virtually monthly, including, elementary counselor circle, school psychologist collaborative clinical discussion group, BCBA circle, LGTBQ+ learning group, crisis team roundtable exercises and more.  These groups are offered to school district staff for NO COST.  These groups are moderated by experts in their fields. The district MHC membership covers the cost of these groups.

    The MHC schedule includes monthly workshops, updates, presentations, and trainings. These sessions, often available virtually, connect participating districts with experts and cover diverse topics such as mental and behavioral health, clinical updates, new research, and NYSED information dissemination. Additionally, annual training initiatives are offered in a cohort format, enabling district teams to receive training on evidence-based programs. Notably, Nassau BOCES is proud to be a 2023-2024 CASEL Fellows Partner.

    MHC members use a dedicated closed listserv to communicate ideas, share initiatives, resources, and upcoming events.  Managed by Nassau BOCES the MHC Listserv offers members access to mental and behavioral health, social emotional learning and NYSED initiative resources and materials PK-12.  You may access the listserv here.

    Looking for ideas for your next conference day?  To facilitate the sharing of information and engaging presentations, Nassau BOCES MHC has a robust catalog of professional development providers for districts.  

    2023-2024 MHC Meeting Dates and Topics - subject to change

    September 14, 2023- Parents as Partners: Becoming a Sexwise Parent - virtual 


    October 17th 2023- Educator's Edge - Workshop Series - New Course Cohorts 

    9:30-11:30 - Todd Benjamin, LCSW- 9:30-11:30- In person BREAKFAST


    November 21st 2023- Evidence Based Programming Virtual Showcase-

    Considering an SEL, Substance use prevention or screening program?-join us- 9:30AM - 12:30PM- VIRTUAL


    December 19th 2023- New York Council on Problem Gambling -

    Brandy Richards, Director of Prevention and Special Programs - 9:30AM - 11AM- VIRTUAL - but may change to in-person


    January 16, 2024 - Smart but Scattered Program Overview-

    Peg Dawon - 9:30- 12:30 - Virtual- this session will be followed by a full day in person training on June 18th


    March 19th 2024 - Suburban Poverty and its Impact on Long Island -

    Rebecca Sanin, JD,MA Health and Welfare Council of Long Island 9:30-11:30 - location TBD


    April 16th 2024 - Families Together New York State- Junior Youth Training Program-

    FTNYS Regional Office- 9:30-12:30 - In-Person- more info TBD - this may be open to students also.


    May 30th 2024 - Nassau BOCES MHC 2nd Annual Summit- Building a Safety Net: Strategies to Combat Youth Suicice-

    Tilles Center - 8AM- 2:30PM - Tilles Center- In-Person - breakfast and lunch

    June 18th 2024 - Smart but scattered Executive Functioning Skills Development Training Program-

    8:30AM- 3:00PM- In-Person  Full Day Training