Public Events Calendar

Events listed here are free and open to the public, though some (where noted) are intended for specfic audiences. All times are EDT.  For additional educational and programming opportunities, please see the Hub page on Continuing Education and Other Programming.  For other virtual and at-home activities, please see Parenting Resources. 

For Educators and School Districts


Being the Hopeful Leader of Your School As You Reset, Reenter, and Retool

This seminar will prepare Principals as leaders of a culture of hope in their school community while still navigating the numerous unknowns of our time. DAY 1 Identify technical and adaptive leadership skills; DAY 2 Practical Application Using Simulations. 

June 4 & June 9 online, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (EST)

Register here. 


More events coming soon. Please visit Teachers21 at William James College for other offerings. 

For Medical and Healthcare Workers

These are free, confidential, drop-in sessions (no prior registration is required).  Groups are offered in English and Spanish. Participants are welcome to attend any meetings, as their schedule permits. 

Promoting Resilience for Frontline HealthCare Workers during Covid-19 
These groups offer a space for Frontline Healthcare workers to talk about working in a health care setting during the COVID-19 crisis (from the challenges, to the tribulations, to the celebrations).  Groups are open to all involved in patient care (e.g., doctors, nurses, nurses’ aides, chaplains, and all allied health professionals, technicians, and support staff) from any patient-care setting (e.g., hospitals, long-term care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation) and will focus on tips and tools for building and sustaining resilience and coping during this prolonged crisis. 

Mondays from 12:00 to 12:45 PM (May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8)

Promoción de resiliencia en trabajadores de atención médica durante Covid-19 En Español

Este grupo está abierto a todos los involucrados en la atención al paciente (por ejemplo, médicos, enfermeras, auxiliares de enfermería, líderes espirituales y todos los profesionales de la salud, técnicos y personal de apoyo) desde cualquier tipo de establecimiento de atención al paciente (incluidos hospitales, atención a largo plazo, enfermería especializada, rehabilitación). Los grupos se centran en consejos y herramientas para desarrollar y mantener resiliencia y minimizar trauma secundario durante esta crisis. Estos son gratuitos y confidenciales. No se requiere registro previo.

Tuesdays, Noon to 12:45 PM (May 26, June 2)

Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:15 PM (May 20, May 27, June 3)

Promoting Resilience for Frontline HealthCare Workers during Covid-19 
Fridays from 4:00 to 4:45 PM (May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5)
This drop-in support group provides a private space for elder care workers from all health care settings to come together for support and strength building during the Covid-19 crisis. What strengths and resources are you using to get through this challenging time? Come share your ideas and learn about new ways to care for yourself from the successful experiences of others. 


For Mental Health Professionals

Drop-In Virtual Training & Support: Behavioral Health and Community Services Managers
William James College is offering a free resource to managers in community organizations to provide support, reduce isolation, and brainstorm and share strategies for effective management and getting through the current challenges. Read the full description here,  register via the links below (advance registration is appreciated but participants are welcome to register at the start of each session). Additional dates to be scheduled. 

  • Alternating Thursdays at 1 PM: May 28,  June 11,  June 25, July 9. Please use the following link to connect each week: Login Here

Asian counselors networking group
Treating COVID-19 patients is taking an emotional toll on medical staff, as is caring for the mental health and wellbeing of people and communities impacted. Providers of Asian descent, and providers working directly with Asian communities, are experiencing additional challenges. This group is a free, open space for Asian counselors to come together to learn about managing the emotional impact, to share ideas and to receive support.

  • Future dates TBD

Mental Wellness for Workers in Aging Services
Tuesdays, May 12, 19, and 26, 6:00-6:30 PM 
Thursdays, May 14, 21, and 28, 11:00-11:30  AM

Register Here,  and attend as many or as few sessions as you would like. Register just once to receive Zoom links to all sessions.

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on older adults brings with it a high impact on those who serve them. This session is for anyone working in the field of aging who would like additional support and training to buoy their well-being during this challenging time. This includes nurses, social workers, case managers, activities professional, home health aides, and more. Facilitated by Katherine King, PsyD. Over the course of the sessions, the group will: 

  • Discuss burnout prevention, compassion fatigue, and self-care
  • Get help with managing stress during even the hardest times
  • Discuss grief and learn new ways to help cope with our losses
  • Engage in brief guided relaxation and contemplation practices to restore energy and a sense of purpose

This workshop is for educational and professional development purposes only. 


The Wisdom of Grief for Workers in Aging Services
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7:00-7:45 PM, Register Here

Many of us enter the field of aging prepared to handle the loss of clients, but the sheer volume of people who are dying in the COVID-19 crisis, and the traumatic nature of many of these losses, runs the risk of overwhelming even our strongest coping skills. This session is for anyone working in the field of aging who is seeking mutual support and guidance to aid them in coping with their losses. This includes nurses, social workers, case managers, activities professional, home health aides, and more. Facilitated by Katherine King, PsyD. This workshop will:

  • Discuss types of grief and learn your own style of coping
  • Provide tools and ideas to help you handle your losses
  • Create time and shared space to honor the lives of those no longer with us

This workshop is for educational and professional development purposes only.

Parenting and Co-Parenting

Infants and New Parents Group
The Richard I. and Joan L. Freedman Center for Child and Family Development connects children and families with appropriate information, providers and resources to serve their mental health and wellness needs. The Center's next New Babies/New Moms group will be offered virtually. The group will meet Tuesdays from 10:30 to Noon from April 14 through May 19. Learn more and register here

Parenting and Co-Parenting through COVID19
Various Dates, Beginning April 14 (see below)

Parenting presents challenges all of the time, but parenting during a quarantine presents new and unique challenges.  The new reality of school closings, cancellation of activities, forced time indoors with parents and siblings and lack of social contact with friends, coaches and teachers result in increased stress levels for parents and kids alike.  While we are hugging our families a little closer and longer these days, the day-to-day pressures of keeping it all together is very real.  Join other parents to discuss the parenting and co-parenting challenges and tribulations (and rewards!) of parenting during COVID-19. 

This  Parent Support Group is offered by the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law and the Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation at William James College. Groups for parents of three different age groups will be offered.  Each Group is free, confidential, and anonymous and offers a safe place for parents to express frustrations and concerns about their children and families and get advice from other parents who understand.  Free and open to the public. 

Parents of Teens
Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
No preregistration required, join the Parents of Teens meetings here
Meeting ID: 535 133 327
Password: 587198

  • Wed, May 20, 2020     3:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Wed, May 27 2020      3:00 – 4:00 PM

Parents of Middlers (ages 8-12)
Tuesdays, 3:00 to 4:00 PM

No preregistration required, join the Parents of Middlers meetings here
Meeting ID: 964 706 508
Password: 119998

  • Tues, May 19, 2020      3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Tues, May 26, 2020      3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Parents of Littles (ages <7)
Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:00 PM

No preregistration required, join the Parents of Littles meeting here
Meeting ID: 715 418 764
Password: 002712

  • Wed, May 20, 2020     3:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Wed, May 27 2020      3:00 – 4:00 PM

Supporting your Elementary Learner from Home
Tuesdays from 8:00 to 8:45 PM
Parenting presents challenges all of the time, but parenting during a quarantine presents new and unique challenges. Keeping up with family demands, work, and daily living activities was likely challenging before the coronavirus. Adding “homeschool teacher” to your daily to-do list probably isn’t helping! Trying to support your child and his or her learning at home poses numerous challenges, including how to be a supportive parent and a teacher, how to incentivize learning when the routine is so different from the norm, and how best to manage screen time. We welcome parents of elementary-age children to join together to discuss the numerous difficulties learning from home entails. This online video support group is offered by the Brenner Center and CAFES at William James College. This drop-in support group will be on-going and co-facilitated by providers with expertise in behavioral management techniques, childhood development, and learning difficulties. This group serves to offer a free, confidential, and anonymous space for parents to express concerns, frustrations, and accomplishments. All you need is the internet and a desire to connect with others!

  • Tues, May 19, 2020      8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
  • Tues, May 26, 2020      8:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 987 233 345
Password: 7W5MMs

Virtual Playgroups

Virtual Playdates 

Ages 0-4, Thursdays April 16-May 14 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Playtime at the Freedman Center continues, virtually! Join us to share developmental tips, idea for play, and continue community building . Groups will have a new theme each week. This group is for parents of children 0 to age 4. Please RSVP at

Ages 4-7, Wednesdays from 12:00 to 12:30  PM

Parenting from home is difficult.  Doing so without the ability to go to parks, libraries, schools and playdates can feel almost impossible.  The Brenner Center and CAFES at William James College is organizing a weekly “virtual playdate” for toddlers and young children.  We will get together to read books, play games, listen to music, and move around together.  This group is free and open to all in a drop-in format. Just follow the zoom link below and let us help you entertain the kids for a few minutes.  

  • Wed, May 20, 2020    12:00 - 12:30 PM
  • Wed, May 27 2020     12:00 - 12:30 PM

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 335 629 6606
Password: 7FBP7d

School-Age Children Virtual Lunch-Bunch During COVID-19 (Weekly)
Wednesdays from 12:30-1:15 PM

Children thrive through building and maintaining healthy social relationships, specifically with peers. The new reality of school closings and cancelations of activities has resulted in an abrupt disruption of children’s ability to engage and interact with other kids, and potentially isolated from their peers. Therefore, The Brenner Center and CAFES at William James College is offering an online “Lunch Bunch” support group for elementary school-aged children to join other kids their age to enhance their social skills/maintain social relationship with peers, build self-esteem, and develop positive relationships with peers during these stressful times. This group will also aim to create a much needed space for children to get peer support and build resilience as they make sense of their new daily reality amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These Lunch Bunch Groups are free and anonymous and offer kids the opportunity to express themselves and “virtually” interact with other kids. As a safety precaution, we are asking parents to join us for, at least, the first few minutes!

  • Wed, May 20, 2020    12:30 - 1:15 PM
  • Wed, May 27 2020      12:30 - 1:15 PM

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 335 629 6606
Password: 7FBP7d

Music, Stories, and Virtual Events

Additional events and activities forthcoming! Please check back. 

Personal and Work Life Balance

Executive Functioning Challenges while Working from Home
Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Working from home can present challenges at any time, but doing so during a quarantine presents new and unique challenges.  Dealing with competing demands, the anxiety and stress associated with the health crisis, and the loss of one’s regular routine and work space, can wreak havoc on one’s ability to multi-task, organize, and manage time. While we may be glad to be in the comfort of our own homes, the day-to-day pressures of staying on top of everything we have to do are very real. Join other adults to discuss the challenges of working during COVID-19 and strategies for enhancing organization and other executive functions under these unusual circumstances. This on-line group is offered by the Brenner Center and CAFES at William James College in a free, drop-in format to give others a chance to express their frustrations and concerns, as well as to get advice from others in the same situation.

  • Wed, May 20, 2020    4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, May 27 2020     4:00 - 5:00 PM

Login via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 677 727 452
Password: 017217

Disconnecting from the news and reducing anxiety
Tuesdays from 12:00PM to 1:00 PM
These are strange and difficult times.  Transitioning to working, studying and socializing from home can be challenging.  The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has impacted us all and the toll of that impact can be stressful for people. While knowledge is empowering in times of uncertainty, being bombarded by news, emails, and conversations about COVID-19 24-hours a day can actually increase anxiety.  Learning to balance the need to remain informed with good self-care is essential as the health crisis continues to persist. Join other adults (age 18 and older) to discuss ways to disconnect from for the 24-hour onslaught of information and learn tools to reduce anxiety in an online group led by mental health providers at CAFES and the Brenner Center at William James College. This group is free, confidential, and anonymous and offer a safe place to express concerns related to disconnecting from the news and reducing anxiety for yourself or others you care about.

  • Tues, May 19, 2020     12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Tues, May 26, 2020     12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 520 170 151
Password: 084687

Coping & Mindfulness Group
Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Having awareness of ourselves and our emotions can be difficult at any time, and increasingly difficult during a pandemic. Trying to navigate a “new normal” undoubtedly evokes a range of potentially negative and/or anxious thoughts and feelings. While our knee jerk reaction may be to ignore these experiences, recognizing and accepting our thoughts and feelings actually helps us to cope with them. Join us in discussion to explore reactions and challenges during this time period, learn ways to increase emotional awareness, and participate in practices meant to help us cope in times of stress. On-line groups on this topic will be offered by the Brenner Center and CAFES at William James College for adolescents ages 13-17. These groups are free and offer a safe place for individuals to express frustrations and get advice from others experiencing similar challenges.

  • Thurs, May 21   4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Thurs, May 28   4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Login via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 894 089 035
Password: Mindful

Webinars and Academic Presentations

Additional events forthcoming

Externally Hosted Events

Posts below are events or groups organized by external organizations, not William James College,  and not involving WJC faculty, staff or students in the development or staging. These are posted here as a courtesy. 

Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Virtual Peer Support

MPA's Disaster Resource Network will be facilitating two virtual peer support groups for MPA members. The focus will be on helping MPA member psychologists manage the stresses related to being providers in this unprecedented pandemic crisis. These support groups will not provide case review or consultation/supervision, but rather will focus on supporting those who are supporting others. They will be led by Disaster Resource Network members. Virtual groups are expected to occur weekly for one hour via ZOOM, with one group meeting Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am and the second meeting on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm. Each group will be limited to ten participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up will occur weekly. A waitlist will be initiated if there are more than ten people interested in joining each group; if a space becomes available, those on the waitlist will be contacted. MPA members,  please click here to register. 


Needham Parent Al-Anon Meeting
Weekly, beginning Monday, May 4 from 7 – 8:30pm via Zoom.

For parents who have a child navigating addiction, this is a new open-speaker style meeting and all are welcome. Weekly meetings will begin starting Monday, May 4. This program is open to non-Needham residents. 

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 950 8918 3610
Or Dial in by phone:   929-205-6099

For more information, please contact Sandra at . You can also view this flyer at:  For more information about Al-anon, please visit:

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