Mental Health and School Safety Focus of Summit at Sage

May 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

ALBANY & TROY, NY - The Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety at The Sage Colleges will host its spring summit on Friday, May 30, 2014. The summit, entitled “Concerned and Active,” is an opportunity for education, mental health and law professionals to collaborate with parents and students about mental health and school safety. It will be held on the Sage College of Albany campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Kahl Campus Center.

Larry Epstein, Ph.D., director of school-based services at Think:Kids, a program in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, will deliver the keynote address, "Think Differently: A New Approach for Understanding and Helping Children with Challenging Behaviors." 

Chris Kukk, Ph.D., director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity & Innovation and professor of political science at Western Connecticut State University, will present a talk entitled “Compassion: The North Star of Education.”

Through a series of breakout sessions, participants will interact with experts, connect with other professionals, and exchange ideas and resources. Topics will include creating public/private partnerships to support the social and emotional needs of students, collaborative problem solving, and developing a school safety tool kit. For more information about the summit and a complete list of sessions, visit

Founded in 2013 in honor of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and a doctoral candidate in Sage’s Educational Leadership program when she lost her life in the Newtown, CT shooting on December 14, the center’s mission is to explore, develop and share solutions that support the mental health of each child and safe school environments to maximize opportunities for teaching and learning.

Photo opportunity: The keynote address will begin at 9:30 a.m. The media is invited to attend. For information contact: Deanna Cohen, director of external relations, The Sage Colleges, (518) 244-4593 (O), (518) 598-4927 (C), email:


Interdisciplinary academics, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs at the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses.