Author Archives: Naomi LeBlanc

The Perkins Conroy Speakers Series Presents Dr. Kristen Lee

On Thursday, April 8th, the Perkins Conroy Speakers series held its third virtual event, “Cultivating Resilience in Complex Times” with internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist, Dr. Kristen Lee.

We’ve all been navigating this global pandemic and the escalating mental health crises can take their toll on all of us. Resilience is a process of positive adaptation in the face of hardship. As humans, we are wired for it – capable of navigating complexity, remaining agile, and demonstrating optimism. Modern brain science offers a host of strategies for cultivating resilience by leveraging “protective factors” –adopting and practicing mindsets, behaviors, and activities that serve as buffers and help bolster our well-being. Learn ways to engage in self-care that helps nourish and sustain us during intensive times. Watch the video of the event by clicking the thumbnail below. Feel free to share with someone who might need a bit of self-care, too!


About Dr. Kristen Lee

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW (she/her), known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist from Boston, Massachusetts. As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science and Faculty-in-Residence at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. To learn more, visit www.kristenlee.com.

Perkins Behavioral Health Receives Nashoba Valley Health Care Fund Grant

Perkins Behavioral Health in Lancaster is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Nashoba Valley Health Care Fund to support comprehensive behavioral health services in the Nashoba Valley region. The grant was awarded in February, following a competitive application process. The Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund awards grants annually to area organizations that work to maintainContinue Reading

The Past Year

It’s been one year since the pandemic officially began. On this historic anniversary, we’re sharing an email from Michael Ames, our President & CEO, sent to staff this morning. Over the next week, we’ll also be sharing a few reflections and stories from students and staff about how this challenging (yet sometimes beautiful) year has inspired us andContinue Reading

The 2020 Perkins Annual Report

We’re honored to share our 2020 Annual Report, Resilience, with you. The moment in history we are living through right now is difficult, testing the limits and abilities of humanity – but we remain in awe of the incredible RESILIENCE that our students, adults, staff, and community members have demonstrated. As we turn toward the future during this excitingContinue Reading

The Perkins Year-End Data Summary

  We’re proud to present the Perkins Year-End Data Summary for Fiscal Year 2020! Because of the data presented in this summary, Perkins employees can learn, grow, and improve as an agency as we continue to strive for excellence. Did you know…  100% of family respondents to our adult services survey said that they were satisfied orContinue Reading

Meet Naomi

Naomi, who recently graduated from the Doctor Franklin Perkins School (DFPS), came to us initially because she was out of options. After attending many other schools and experiencing bullying and isolation, she began refusing to attend school to avoid hurt and anxiety. Her guidance counselors and father knew they needed a special place for her as her isolation and detachment grew. Supported by herContinue Reading

Perkins Welcomes 10 New Trustees and Bids Farewell to Two

Since September of this year, Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) has appointed 10 new Trustees through their affiliation agreement with Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and their Annual Meeting on Friday, November 20, 2020. As part of the affiliation agreement with RFK Children’s Action Corps that took effect September 1st, eight Trustees from theContinue Reading

Building the Future Together

Exciting news! We’re growing. As we begin to build for the future, we’ve created a three-phase plan that will maintain the character of our current campus, while building towards the needs of our current and future students and adults. The full project will modernize, enhance, and connect our campus to best serve people today, tomorrow,Continue Reading

Celebrating 125 Years

Dear Friends, This is a special year for Perkins. As we celebrate 125 years of service and build towards a bright future, we continue to be humbled by the importance of our history. Perkins was founded to educate and raise children with developmental disabilities at a time when society refused to fully include them. AsContinue Reading

Leominster Credit Union Donates 20 Computers to Perkins

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 6, 2020 LEOMINSTER CREDIT UNION DONATES 20 COMPUTERS TO PERKINS Donation by Local Credit Union Helps School in the Midst of Ongoing Pandemic  Lancaster, MA – Local credit union, Leominster Credit Union, has donated 20 computers to The Dr. Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) in Lancaster, MA in the midst of theContinue Reading