Professional Development Workshops

Throughout each school year, Shepard Schools offers professional development workshops for child study team members, teachers and other school professionals. The workshops have a focus on evidence based strategies for addressing challenging behaviors in elementary, middle and high school.


Date: Friday October 26, 2018

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Location: Shepard School 2 Miller Road Kinnelon, NJ 07405

Topic: Growth Mindset interventions to promote resiliency and self-regulation for special education students

Presenter: Dr. Michael, Zito, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Overview: This workshop will emphasize how the Growth Mindset can be utilized to promote resiliency and improve self-regulation with special education students in grades K-12. One of the key elements of the Growth Mindset is that life experiences are teachable moments for skill development. Skills and abilities can be improved through optimistic effort and reframing mistakes as learning experiences. After highlighting other key elements of the Growth Mindset, this workshop will focus on interventions to develop skills for managing anxiety, anger and depression. Small group case discussions will be used to facilitate an applied understanding of the interventions.

About the Presenter: Dr. Michael Zito, Ph.D. Michael D. Zito, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who began his career as a Certified School Psychologist in 1983. Dr. Zito received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Counseling at Seton Hall University. In his clinical practice, he provides individual, marital, and family therapy and assessments to children, adolescents and adults. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Zito provides sport psychology services to Olympic, elite, collegiate, high school and youth athletes. Dr. Zito has several publications that include a chapter on ADHD and an article on “Resolving Diagnostic Confusion between Pediatric Bipolar and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” He is currently president of the Morris County Psychological Association. Dr. Zito has been an Adjunct Faculty member at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels at Montclair State University since 2004 and has taught graduate classes at College of Saint Elizabeth.
Past Workshops-Seminars Held at Shepard:
  • November 08,2017

    School Refusal: Identification and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies

    Dr. Daniela Colognori, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • March 24,2017

    Helping anxious students: Integrating evidence-based intervention with practical collaborative strategies for school professionals

    Daniela Colognori, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • October 28,2016

    Functional behavioral assessment and intervention tools for elementary school students with behavior problems

    Dr. Gina Restivo, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, BCBA, NCSP
  • May 20,2016

    Practical evidenced based strategies for reducing behavioral problems exhibited by elementary school students

    Dr. Kenneth Schneider, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • March 18,2016

    Substance Abuse Issues with Middle and High School Special Needs Students

    Dr. Alicia R. Camlibel, Ph.D., LPC
  • October 30,2015

    Turning Stress into Success: Strategies to Help Special Education Students Cope with Test-taking, Homework, and Class Performance Anxiety.

    Dr. Daniel Gallagher, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • November 14,2014

    Updates in psychiatric medical treatment for students with behavioral disabilities.

    Dr. Tolga Taneli, MD, Psychiatrist, Rutgers University Medical School
  • March 21,2014

    Academic iPad Applications for Special Education Students

    Dr. Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D. School Psychologist, AssistiveTek, LLC.
  • November 15,2013

    Using tablet and computer applications for social skills training and behavioral interventions

    Dr. Damian Petino, Psy.D.  Rutgers University
  • Friday , March 22,2013

    Internet and Tech Social Skills for Special
    Education Students.

    Damian Petino, Psy.D. Rutgers University,
    School Psychologist.
  • Friday , January 11,2013

    Difficult Behavior in Students with HFA/Asperger's: Using
    strategies that work! A presentation of evidence base
    practices for educators in public schools.

    Terence Blackwell, Jr. CEO, BCBA,
  • Friday , October 26,2012

    Evidence based strategies for preventingand managing disruptive behaviors in the academic setting.

    Dr. Lori Rockmore, Psy.D., Psychologist,
    Rutgers University.
  • Thursday , February 16,2012

    Evidence Based Strategies for Treating Anxiety/ Depression Triggered School Refusal: Coordinated interventions for school professionals.

    Dr. Brian C. Chu, Ph.D., Rutgers University.
  • December 09,2011

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents.

    Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
  • October 28,2011

    Linking Functional Behavioral Assessments to Effective Interventions for Behavioral Melt-Downs in the Public School Setting.

    Terence Blackwell, CEO, BCBA,
    School Principal.
  • March 25,2011

    Boys vs. Girls as Bullies: Understanding Physical vs. Relational Aggression and the Challenges Faced by Special Needs Students.

    Dr. Kenneth Schneider, Ph.D.
  • March 15,2011

    The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights: What it Means for Creating Safe and Civil Schools for All Children, Including Special Needs Populations.

    Dr. Maurice j.Elias,Ph.D.
  • February 23,2010

    Practical Strategies for Managing Oppositional and Other Challenging Student Behaviors.

    Dr. Michael Selbst, Ph.D.
  • October 23,2009

    Using Social Stories