Stress and Anxiety in Schools

Strategies for Positive Change

Co-sponsored by SERESC and the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Location: Southeastern Regional Education Service Center ( SERESC)

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110 603 206-6800


Teresa Bolick, Ph.D

Teresa Bolick is a a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), who consults with children, adolescents, families and schools throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is the author of Asperger Syndrome and Young Children: Building Skills for the Real World and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World. She presents frequently at conferences for family members, professionals and paraprofessionals.

Eric Mann, MSW

Eric Mann is an education and behavioral consultant with 30 years of experience in public education and in private practice. He has worked as a teacher and counselor of children with emotional and learning challenges, as a psychotherapist for adults, couples and families, and as a special education administrator. From 2002 to 2011, Eric co-directed New Hampshire’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports initiative (PBIS-NH), and two NH Mental Health and Schools initiatives. Eric is a Senior Trainer in Life space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) and has provided training, consultation and coaching support to more than 300 schools throughout New England since 2002.

Program Description and Outcomes


Current research reminds us that mind and body must work together to produce healthy social, emotional and learning outcomes. How can this information be used to improve climate and productivity in educational settings? Teresa Bolick, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, and Eric Mann, MSW, Education and Behavioral Consultant, will discuss the inter-connections of thoughts, feelings , and actions to cultivate an understanding of the importance of stress awareness, stress management and executive skills development. With this understanding, Teresa and Eric will illustrate the benefits of school-based efforts to decrease the impact of poorly-managed stress, while mobilizing new energy for engagement in learning.


1. Describe a research-based model that explains the connections among well-managed and poorly-managed stress and learning and social/behavioral outcomes in schools.

2. Identify practical tools that educators and administrators can use to assess and monitor stress levels in the school environment.

3. Describe at least three practical changes in the physical, educational or interpersonal environments that allow educators and administrators to reduce the impact of poorly-managed stress in school.

4. Explain a functional approach to stress-related interfering behavior in school.

5. Describe how effective approaches to stress and anxiety can be integrated into common practice and language for students, families, and staff.


8:00- 8:30 am Check-in, Setup, Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 10:00 A model of stress and anxiety in the school environment: Research and its implications for real life

10:00 to 10:30 “Stress Awareness:” Poorly-managed stress in thoughts, feelings, and actions

10:30 to 10:45 Break

10:45 to 11:15 Practical tools for screening and monitoring stress and anxiety

11:15 to 12 Proactive strategies to prevent stress in the school environment

12:00 to 12:45 Working Lunch and Networking at SERESC

12:45 to 2:00 Environmental, educational, and interpersonal interventions to reduce the impact of poorly-managed stress

2:00 to 2:15 Afternoon break

2:15 to 3:15 A functional approach to stress-related interfering behavior

3:15 to 3:45 Establishing common practice and language

3:45 to 4:00 Questions and Workshop Evaluations, Adjourn

Thursday, September 29, 2016

8:30 am-4:00 pm

Check in starts at 8:00 am

Certificate of Attendance available for 6 Contact Hours

$225.00 per participant

$195.00 early registration by September 15, 2016--- Enter discount code:early*registration

For Member District Discount: See your school district administrator for a code to use when you register online. SERESC member districts are: Auburn - Bedford - Candia - Hampstead - Hooksett - Londonderry - Merrimack - Timberlane - Windham

Registration Ends September 22, 2016. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

Click here to register!


This program is cosponsored by the New Hampshire psychological Association (NHPA) and the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center ( SERESC). NHPA is approved by the American psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists and other mental health professionals. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all New Hampshire licensees. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

NH Psychological Association

P.O. Box 934, Concord, NH 03302

603 415-0451

This program offers 6 continuing education credits which are accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all N.H. licensees.

Instructional Level: Intermediate