​​Hosted by SISP student committee, McGill University

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy & Dr. Karina Béland

Assessing suicide risk in children and adolescents and intervening to ensure safety

April 13th, 2023 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST)

Summary of Webinar:

Suicide among children and adolescents is a very worrisome problem. In fact, it is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10-19 in Quebec, and visits to emergency rooms are on the rise, particularly among adolescent girls. Suicide ideation and attempts among children and adolescents are often associated with mental health problems, previous suicidal attempts, traumatic experiences such as bullying, or maltreatment.

Suicide is a complex issue that we all want to prevent. Mental health professionals working with young people play an important role in identifying and dealing with young people at risk of suicide.

The main objective of this training is to help mental health professionals increase their knowledge of the epidemiology of suicide in children and adolescents, risk and protective factors, the importance of the therapeutic alliance in facilitating the disclosure of suicidal ideation, the assessment of suicidal risk and imminence, and the implementation of a safety plan for the young person and his/her family. This training is aimed at 

It is a pleasure to welcome our key note speakers to the 2023 McGill Summer Institute for School Psychology Webinar Series that will take place virtually from March through May, 2023.

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Dr. Christa Copeland

Culturally Relevant Classrooms and Schools
May 18th, 2023 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (EST)

Learning Objectives: 
1. Identify classwide needs and implement a classwide intervention for
reading and math.
2. Use data to identify the category of the problem for reading and suggest an
intervention for each.
3. Analyze the learning process for each individual student in order to intensify interventions
4. Match intervention to student needs for all three tiers of an MTSS framework.

About the Speaker: 

Dr. Matthew K. Burns is the College of Education Herbert H. Schooling Professor and a Professor of Special Education at the University of Missouri. He is also the Director of the Center for Collaborative Solutions for Kids, Practice, and Policy, and Co-Director of the Missouri Partnership for Educational Renewal. Dr. Burns has published over 200 articles and book chapters in national publications, and has co-authored or co-edited 15 books. He is a Past Editor of School Psychology Review and Assessment for Effective Intervention. Dr. Burns is one of the leading researchers regarding the use of assessment data to determine individual or small-group interventions, and has published extensively on response to intervention, academic interventions, and facilitating problem-solving teams. In addition, Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator before becoming an academic, and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 10 years and Central Michigan University for 5 years. He received the 2020 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

professionals who wish to acquire knowledge and skills based on best practice in suicide prevention. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the new skills through clinical vignettes.

Learning Objectives: 
To acquire knowledge on the current epidemiology of suicide and the risk and protective factors

2. To better understand the importance of the therapeutic alliance to promote the disclosure of suicidal ideation

3. To recognise the advantages and limitations associated with the use of suicide assessment grids and universal repercussions

4. To know how to assess the danger and imminence of the suicidal risk and implement the right intervention

5. To establish a safety plan with the young person and his or her family

About the Speakers: 

Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy is an assistant professor at McGill University in Canada, clinical psychologist, and Canada Research Chair (II) on youth mental health and suicide prevention. She is the recipient of many awards including the 2022 Principal's Prizes for Outstanding Emerging Researcher. She heads the Papageno Team, an inter-university research team on suicide prevention. She has published extensively in the field of suicide and youth mental health, suicide risk and protective factors, developmental origins, and most importantly, suicide prevention. Her work contributes to raising awareness about the current youth mental health crisis and building hope. Dr. Geoffroy acts as an advisor to a range of national organizations on suicide prevention. She is actively engaged in various knowledge mobilization activities.

Dr. Karina Béland is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in treating children and adolescents with severe mental disorders. Throughout her career, she has gained experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of settings and in highly specialized care teams. She is currently practicing at the Depressive Disorders Clinic for children and adolescents at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Dr. Béland is an affiliate member of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and a clinical supervisor in psychology at the university. In addition, she is a member of a community of practice to support intervention with children at risk of suicide.


important considerations for implementation, steps for problem-solving common barriers and practical solutions for navigating school change in the current sociopolitical context. Throughout the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to engage via discussion and brief activities, such as personalized action planning, to deepen their understanding of what constitutes culturally responsive pedagogy and establish a toolkit of resources for immediate use in their respective environments. This webinar applies to educators, administrators and other educational professionals, such as school psychologists, interested in increasing their understanding of culturally responsive pedagogy and how to implement policies and practices to establish safe, supportive and rigorous learning environments where all student learners can thrive.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Learn the core components within culturally responsive classrooms/schools
2. Understand the core tenants of culturally responsive pedagogy
3. Identify essential practices for cultivating culturally responsive school and classroom environments.
4. Begin the development of an individualized action plan to increase culturally responsive actions in current setting.

​About the Speakers: 

​Dr. Christa Copeland is a Senior Research Associate at the Missouri Prevention Science Institute and Licensed Psychologist with over a decade of experience working with students, families, schools and organizations. Dr. Copeland obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology, after earning her M.A. in Teaching and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership while working as a K-12 educator. Since leaving the classroom, she has been dedicated to improving the school experiences of marginalized students by empowering teachers through targeted and relevant supports and promoting inclusive research practices centered on equity, advocacy and community impact. Dr. Copeland has received national recognition for her research, leveraging technology to increase teacher accessibility and usability of evidence-based behavior resources, and her sought-after expertise has enabled her to coach and train hundreds of educators and school personnel across the country on culturally responsive classroom practices. She also has extensive experience working across grant-funded initiatives to design and implement innovative and user-centered, web-based education products. Dr. Copeland is actively engaged in community-school partnership building and is well-known for her relentless advocacy for the promotion of anti-racism and social justice in education.

2023 Webinar Program

Dr. Matthew Burns

Response to Intervention

​March 16th from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST)​​

Summary of Webinar:

The interactive webinar will present a primary problem analysis question for each tier of intervention for reading and math, and how to use data to answer the question. Participants will also be shown some interventions to address problems at each tier.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors /​ Merci à nos commanditaires de 2023

Summary of Webinar:

This webinar will explore the intricate role culture plays within the educational landscape and establish the steps in which school professionals can utilize a culturally responsive framework to supercharge student achievement and success. Participants will be introduced the core principles of culturally relevant pedagogy and identify corresponding research-backed practices essential for cultivating inclusive and equitable school environments. The webinar will also highlight