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: Wednesday November 8, 2017

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Location: Shepard Preparatory High School 8 Columba St Morristown, NJ 07960

Topic: School Refusal: Identification and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies

Presenter: Dr. Daniela Colognori, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Overview: School Refusal is one of the most vexing and impairing problem behaviors that affect childhood. An acute episode of school refusal can quickly become chronic and interfere in multiple domains of the youth and family’s lives. There are many reasons that lead to students refusing school, and therefore identifying the primary function of the behavior is critical. Anxiety, depressed mood, and intolerance of negative affect are often at the root of school refusal. Successful intervention requires a concerted, coordinated effort involving the child, family, school and mental health professional. Attendees of the workshop will become familiar with methods to assess the factors maintaining a student’s school refusal behavior and recommended intervention strategies.

About the Presenter: Dr. Daniela Colognori, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in children, adolescents, and families with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, mood, tic, and body focused repetitive behavior disorders. Dr. Colognori received her B.A. in psychology from Boston College and earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in 2010. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, providing evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents in the outpatient department as well as consultation/liaison services for youth being treated for medical conditions at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Colognori went on to further specialize in CBT for youth with anxiety disorders during her post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Child Study Center, working in NJ schools to train counselors in an evidence-based program for adolescents with social anxiety disorder. Dr. Colognori held an Assistant Professor position in the Combined School & Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Kean University in Union, NJ from 2012-2015, teaching graduate courses in Developmental Psychology, Child Psychopathology, and Evidence-based Psychological Treatment for Children and Adolescents. Currently, Dr. Colognori is the Clinical Director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and sees clients in her practice, Specialized Psychological Services, in Short Hills, NJ.
Past Workshops-Seminars Held at Shepard:
  • 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