Dr. Deborah Offner is a clinical psychologist with expertise in adolescent development, student mental health, and school life.
She serves as Consulting Psychologist at Beacon Academy in Boston, a 14-month program between eighth and ninth grade that prepares students from communities with limited resources for entry into independent day and boarding high schools. She also provides ongoing professional consultation to several independent middle and secondary schools.
Dr. Offner maintains an active clinical practice where she works with middle, high school, and college students, and their families.
Her book, Educators as First Responders, shares the truth known all too well by educators: often, when a student is struggling, particularly in their adolescence, that student will often speak to a teacher first. Not a family member, not a parent, but a teacher.
Dr. Offner shares with us her observations and recommendations for how we may better support our unsung first responders: teachers.