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Special Events for SESPs

DCF and SESP Networking Meeting

A good relationship and ongoing communication with DCF social worker are effective strategies Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs) can use for supporting their students. Join us for our first DCF and SESP Brown Bag Lunch for an opportunity to network with local social workers. This event will take place on:

Monday, May 13th @ 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Directions – Free Parking
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The Howland Place
651 Orchard Street, Suite 400
New Bedford, MA 02744


We hope to host networking meetings in all of the regional offices, so keep an eye out for additional opportunities.

Developmental Trauma Training for Special Education Surrogate Parents

Come join us, for this free all-day (six hours)  special education trauma training opportunity for SESPs only. This event will take place:

Tuesday, May 28th @ 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Directions – Free Parking & Lunch provided
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The Schrafft Place
529 Main Street, 1M3
Boston, MA  02129


  • Presents current research findings on how children’s brains and bodies respond to traumatic experiences and how prevalent adverse childhood experiences Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are in today’s classroom
  • Explores how traumatic reactivity of children with complex trauma can adversely impact their ability to learn
  • Develops a deeper understanding of challenging behaviors during the school day that can help develop empathetic responses from school personnel and lead to compassionate accountability
  • Discusses the paradigm shift towards “safe and supportive schools”  and how zero tolerance disciplinary procedures can lead to school push-out (exclusion, suspension, expulsion) and puts students at-risk for the school to prison pipeline