Experts

Laura Markham, PhD

From “I’m scared” to “I feel loved”: Parenting peacefully by connecting with your kids.

We’ve all heard the saying “put your oxygen mask on before helping others.” In this session, the internationally esteemed Dr. Laura Markham takes this concept to a whole new level. Dr. Markham shares her groundbreaking “Ah-Ha” parenting tools for self regulation, connection and mindfulness.  She unveils a wealth of life-changing solutions, from prevention strategies for handling anxiety, anger and strong emotions, to her very own “go to” practice that changed her own life.  You will feel calm, empowered and equipped to handle your kids’ meltdowns no matter their age.  You’ll know how to handle homework anxiety, bedtime routines… AND what to do when YOU “lose” it with your child. Dr. Markham, widely acknowledged as the Queen of Connection, compassionately shares a very special message with parents, teaching us how to connect with ourselves first to create the ultimate connection with our child.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to connect with your child
  • The #1 asset you have as a parent
  • How to decode connection, nurturing and coddling
  • Strategies to diminish anxiety and stress around homework time
  • The language of Anger and how to ease Fear in your anxious child
  • Practical tools if your child lashes out at you
  • How to apologize when we blow up at our kids
  • A life-changing four-word mantra
  • To implement in-the-moment self care with the Stop, Drop, Breathe method
  • The power of guilt
  • The technique of unpacking your child’s emotions
  • How to create vital boundaries for your anxious child
  • Creative bedtime routine strategies
  • How to overcome obstacles with your partner in parenting an anxious child
  • To transform worries through the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Dr. Markham’s incredible personal go to practice

Dr. Laura Markham’s relationship-based parenting model has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems, to sass talk and cell phones.

Dr. Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University.  But she’s also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.

www.ahaparenting.com

Karen Young

From “I’m so anxious” to “I’m anxious and I’m strong”: Finding strength in anxiety.

Anxiety doesn’t come from a broken brain. It comes from a strong, healthy brain. In this unique, transformational session, Karen Young, psychologist, author and creator of popular the website Hey Sigmund, shows us how to flip anxiety on its head. Rather than trying to eliminate it, Karen empowers your child or teen to “find their brave” and uncover the strength in their anxiety. She delves into classic symptoms like the racy heart and sick tummy, but also explores why every physical symptom has a reason for being there. Karen helps parents talk to their child about anxiety, and shares three magic words to help kids get back in charge of their own amygdala. This session provides essential step-by-step strategies to build the emotional scaffolding that every anxious child needs.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to help your child with their own fight, flight, freeze response
  • To teach your child how to decode their feelings
  • Why every physical symptom has a reason for being there
  • The strengths of an anxious brain
  • Easy-to-use tools to normalize anxiety and avoid minimizing
  • Three magic words to help your child transform their anxiety
  • What to do when your child asks, “why me”?
  • To help your child with anxious thoughts by managing their physiology
  • The secret to teaching your child to wire their own brain against anxiety
  • Key mindfulness tools that change the brain
  • Breathing techniques to make your child the boss of their own brain
  • Powerful ideas on how to influence children and teens effectively
  • How to cultivate belonging in the midst of anxiety
  • When to encourage and when to pull back

Popular Psychologist Karen Young’s unique approach has a following of millions. She founded the popular website Hey Sigmund after realizing the power of solid information. The website attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. Her articles have been translated into a number of languages and her work has been published on various international sites including The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, The Mighty and Yahoo Health. Karen has worked for decades as a psychologist in private practice, in organisational settings, has lectured and has extensive experience in the facilitation of personal growth groups.

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Robin Berman, MD

From “I’ll do it for you” to “In your own way…”: Stepping back from over-parenting to reveal your child’s innate coping skills.

In this session, Dr. Robin Berman reaches inside the heart of modern day parenting. Her life-changing message, steeped in years of research as a psychiatrist and the wisdom gained by launching her own children into the world: we are over-functioning, over-talking, over-fixing and over-scheduling our children, and by doing so, we’re allowing our kids to under function. But rest assured, there is a middle road, and Dr. Berman provides us with concrete tools, and a parenting mindset, that will inspire you toward greater connection and peace with your child. She shares her unique approach to discipline, limits and structure, and tells us how talking less and asking more leads to a stronger and more resilient child.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to build your child’s emotional immune system
  • When to step in and when to back off
  • The role of technology in the development of your child
  • How to help your anxious child thrive
  • How to step off the competitive parenting treadmill
  • How to ask the right questions to increase resilience
  • Tools to empower your child to handle big emotions
  • The best way to cope with adversity and set back
  • How to transform discipline to teach rather than punish
  • The power of setting limits
  • How structure creates a peaceful home
  • Talking to the strength in your child’s anxiety
  • How to establish long term consistency
  • The truth about anxiety and avoidance. How to teach your child inner coping skills
  • Awareness tools to notice your internal vs. external monologue

Dr. Berman is a founding board member of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and an Advisory Board member of Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin Foundation.  She is the author of Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love & Limits. She has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and her book has been featured in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the London Times, and Time Magazine online. Permission to Parent has also been published in the UK under the title Hate Me Now, Thank Me Later.  Dr. Berman is on the Parents Magazine Advisory Board, is a featured contributor to The Today Parenting Team online, and is a regular contributor to Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP online blog.

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Howie Mandel

From “Mayday!” to “This is your Captain speaking”: Piloting your journey through mental health challenges by speaking up, not shutting down.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five children aged 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness.  Many of our children fly under the radar, quietly suffering alone without seeking the help they need for fear of stigmatization.  Celebrity and mental health advocate Howie Mandel shows you how to encourage your kids to speak up not shut down. Howie reveals his own, very personal story, busting through mental health barriers and sharing why the words “me too” changed his life. He shares why talking about mental health is the ultimate cure for stigmatization, and how his battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) taught him that the first place we need to belong is in our own minds.  Howie uses his unique humor and wit to provide parents and children with doable coping strategies, which welcome contentment and balance into our lives.

In this session you will learn:

  • The true story of Howie’s own personal transformation in his battle with OCD and Anxiety
  • Two Life changing words and why they matter to your child
  • Why talking about mental health is the ultimate cure for stigmatization
  • How to help kids normalize their experience
  • Why the first place a child needs to belong is their own mind
  • The power of NOW: mindfulness as one of the best coping skills
  • Key coping skills and strategies for OCD and Anxiety
  • How to get comfortable with your discomfort
  • The vital skill of becoming the pilot of your own life in turbulent times
  • The secret to overcoming feelings of hopelessness and giving up
  • How to establish your own safety net and discover what works for you
  • To teach your child contentment
  • Tools to help your child balance their own mental health in school
  • Why you need to be mindful of these two words: forever and never

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for more than 30 years.  Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award winning St. Elsewhere, to the international animated children’s series Bobby’s World, Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. In 2009, Howie added another title to his resume, author, when he released his frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me. The memoir reveals his ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career.

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Tamar Chansky, PhD

From “I’m too worried to think” to “I’m the boss of my thoughts”: Freeing your child from anxiety by putting them in charge of their minds.

Some of the most outrageous and unreliable stories are the ones told to us by our anxiety and worry. In this session, Dr. Tamar Chansky empowers parents and children with an extraordinary message: “you get to choose which version of your life story you are listening to.”  Dr. Chansky, a top expert in the field, talks through the steps of taking charge of anxiety. She describes powerful strategies and interventions to help your child switch from the worry track to the truth track, reconnecting with their inner voice of reason. You will learn masterful tools to empower your child to become the executive of their own mind, deciding which thoughts they want to hire and which thoughts they want to fire. She helps us understand why we are wired to be on the lookout for trouble, and how to escape the cycles this can create.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to go from feeling powerless to powerful in helping your anxious child
  • Superpower Strategies for helping your child take back their lives and talk back to worry
  • Powerful tools for teaching your child how to be smart about their worry
  • How to decipher situational fears vs. red flags
  • The hallmark signs of anxiety
  • The key tricks that thoughts, feelings and worry can play
  • Powerful strategies to switch from the worry track to the truth track
  • How to role play with your child to broaden their thinking perspective
  • Transformational tools to challenge worry and check the facts
  • How to help your child normalize their worry
  • Fun games to help your child understand what their worry is saying
  • Game-changing strategies for when a child says, “That’s stupid. It won’t work. You can’t help me
  • Important steps to escape the worry trap and move toward goals

Dr. Tamar Chansky, a licensed psychologist, is the Founder and Director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting, PA. She is the author of numerous books on the treatment of anxiety, including the popular Freeing Yourself from Anxiety Series: Freeing Your Child From Anxiety, Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, and Freeing Your Child From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Chansky is also the creator of the educational website worrywisekids.org. Her most recent book, Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want is for anyone suffering from everyday worry, an anxiety disorder or depression.

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Barry McDonagh

From “Run away!” to “I’m OK”: Making peace with panic and anxiety.

Your heart’s exploding out of your chest. You can’t seem to catch your breath.  You’re losing control. This is it. Everything you’ve ever feared has taken over. You’re dying. Panic attacks are truly terrifying for adults; imagine what it must be like for a child. In this session, we’ll decode what’s really happening in the panic loop with internationally-celebrated author and creator of the Panic Away program, Barry McDonagh.  Barry speaks to the heart of panic and anxiety, and shares why we don’t end anxiety by trying to be calm; we end it by acting BRAVELY!  Whether you’re the parent of a child experiencing anxiety and panic, or have experienced it yourself, you will learn empowering tools and strategies to help you and your child handle anxiety and panic in the moment, and also build long-term prevention and resilience.

In this session you will learn:

  • The truth about the panic loop of fear and anxiety
  • How to avoid getting stuck in the panic cycle
  • Why “calm” doesn’t work with panic
  • The secret to teaching kids to be brave with their panic
  • Why getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is key to transforming panic and anxiety
  • What to say to a child experiencing panic and anxiety
  • The power of mindset when it comes to anxiety
  • Why teaching kids to get “rid” of anxiety doesn’t work
  • Key strategies to move from resistance to acceptance
  • How “good enough” parenting helps our anxious child
  • Easy-to-use “in the moment” tools for panic and anxiety
  • How to turn off the fight or flight response through movement
  • The unique DARE technique

Barry McDonagh is an internationally-celebrated author and the creator of the Panic Away Program. Panic Away has been sold in more than 30 countries worldwide and is one of the most successful courses for treating panic attacks and general anxiety today.

The program was originally created during his college years, when Barry discovered that the key to ending a panic disorder was to re-evaluate the way anxiety is treated. Instead of ending anxiety by enforcing a state of calm, the person must first move into a state of excited arousal, allowing the nervous system crucial time to adjust and then eventually relax. Specific exercises are used to achieve this goal, restoring the person’s body confidence and enabling a full recovery from the disorder. The program’s emphasis on clarity and simplicity make it uniquely accessible and effective.

www.panicaway.com

Shefali Tsabary, PhD

From “Be who I want” to “I connect with who you are”: Transforming ourselves to empower our children; how conscious parenting awakens true connection.

In this transformational session, Dr. Shefali Tsabary distills conscious parenting down to one simple, yet profound, question: what can I do today to connect deeply, to be available and be present to my child?  When we are “attuned” to what’s happening in our child, we are in a state of true connection. Dr. Tsabary’s words are infused with wisdom and delivered with power.  She reveals that, while suffering is inevitable, true resilience is born when you turn toward your child’s hardships with openness and acceptance of what is.  You will be inspired, motivated and empowered to stay connected to who your child truly is, and create a life of authenticity and peace.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to cultivate true resilience through conscious parenting
  • The secret method conscious parents use to understand the limits of their role
  • The truth about establishing consequences; are your lines in stone or sand?
  • That lecturing and sermonizing to your child comes from your own anxiety
  • The trick to strengthening your relationship through the art of not reacting
  • The tools you need to make peace with who your child is
  • How to give your child the emotional capacity to know they can handle adversity
  • The transformational skill of avoiding the common trap to want to “end” or “fix” your child’s suffering
  • How to discern if you are in authentic connection vs. helicopter parenting
  • Concrete steps towards becoming attuned to your child
  • The hidden causes of modern day anxiety and broken connection
  • How to build faith that your child will discover their own path
  • Why the impossible standards of perfection are crippling you and your child

Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist, acclaimed author and international speaker who received her doctorate from Columbia University, New York.

She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an expert in her field. Her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come.

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Elisha Goldstein, PhD

From “I think” to “I am”: Mindfulness for kids, teens and their parents.

“Just try Mindfulness!” It seems everyone is into Mindfulness and its ability to transform you and your family’s lives. But where do you start? There’s so much info out there; it can all be a bit confusing and intimidating. In this session, Dr. Elisha Goldstein blends psychology and mindfulness to plant seeds of mindful practice in your children (and yourself).  Learn the latest in neuroscience to overcome catastrophizing, worrying and negative thought patterns, and explore how to help your child with mindful technology in the digital age.  Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or just starting out, the fail-safe best practices shared in this interview will help overcome anxiety and build the resilience and confidence your children deserve.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why it’s our thoughts that are NUTS and what to do about them
  • The revelatory Brain science behind worry and catastrophizing
  • How to overcome the #1 bad habit of human beings
  • The catchy Mindfulness A-Z and how to teach it to your child
  • How to teach your child to truly tune into their body
  • The essence of overcoming obstacles and building confidence
  • Playful mindfulness techniques to apply in the moment
  • Why your own practice is key to motivating your child
  • The trick to breaking out of limiting patterns
  • How mindfulness can combat anxiety and avoidance
  • How to plant seeds of mindfulness in your children that grow into their future
  • The art of applying mindfulness to the digital age of technology
  • To understand the evolution of belonging
  • The knack of using mindfulness when anxiety is uncomfortable
  • Why what we “do” influences more than what we “say”
  • The method behind mindset vs. performance mindset

Dr. Elisha Goldstein is a leading mindfulness expert. He is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month mentorship program A Course in Mindful Living. Dr. Goldstein is a top psychologist, author and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing. Dr. Goldstein contends that we have the power to transform our traumas and habitual patterns that keep us stuck in perpetual cycles of stress, anxiety, depression or addiction, and step into greater freedom and peace. He offers life-changing practical strategies to calm our anxious minds, transform negative emotions and facilitate greater self acceptance, freedom and inner peace.

In an effort to bring all of this work to families and youth, Dr. Goldstein and his wife co-developed The Mindful Family Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica (next retreat June 16 – 22, 2018). They also created the popular CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) program with his wife and psychologist Stefanie Goldstein, Ph.D. CALM is an 8-week program for teenagers 14-18 years old inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s extensively researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.

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Kristin Neff, PhD

From “I’ll love myself if…” to “I love myself no matter what”: Learning self compassion, the myth of “Perfect Parenting,” and inspiring self-compassion in our kids.

How do you treat yourself when times are tough? Are you an inner ally or an inner enemy? Do you beat or boost yourself? Research shows that including ourselves in the circle of kindness can have a big impact on our family’s, and our own, well-being. In this session, Dr. Kristin Neff, self-compassion research pioneer, walks us through the “how to” of self-compassion for parents and children. Dr. Neff shares one of the biggest blocks to self-compassion and reframes parenthood, debunking the myth of a perfect, problem-free experience. Learn how to put her three components of self-compassion into practice using essential tools, including a guided meditation led by Dr. Neff. This is your invitation to start living with greater resilience, ease and well-being.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why self-compassion is fundamental to resilience
  • The revelatory science of self-compassion
  • How to boost your parenting by being kind to yourself
  • The parenting reframe; it’s not about problem free experience
  • The difference between self-esteem and self-compassion
  • The secret of using mindful touch to trigger self-compassion
  • To teach your child to make friends with failure
  • The difference between pity and self-compassion
  • The essentials of self-compassion for an anxious child
  • The common obstacles blocking ourselves from self-compassion
  • How to combine self-compassion, motivation and reaching goals
  • Three key steps of self-compassion and tools to get started
  • How to practice self-compassion with adolescents
  • To use the one-of-a-kind, guided self-compassion break by Dr. Neff

Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first to operationally define and measure the construct more than a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, Dr. Neff has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, co-created with her colleague Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is called Mindful Self-Compassion. Dr. Neff is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP

From “I’m feeling down” to “I’m moving on up!”: Getting your kids to move their bodies will power optimism in their minds.

One of the most impactful, mood-boosting tools we have in our parenting toolkit is the power of movement, activity and exercise. Positive Psychology expert Emiliya Zhivotovskaya shares the science of human flourishing and how to boost vitality in both the body and mind of your child. It all starts with teaching your child body awareness, and Emiliya shows us simple steps to shift our physiology. From neuroscience to movement, self calming and breathing techniques, you will learn powerful tools to empower your child to move their body to a state of calm.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to use your body to calm your mind
  • In-the-moment strategies to do at home
  • How moving your body can affect your mind
  • The power of self soothing techniques
  • Transformative tools to create body awareness in your child
  • How to reboot and recharge your body
  • The secret to nourishing your body
  • To motivate your child to move and love it
  • How to activate the relaxation response
  • Powerful breathing techniques to calm your child

Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City based, Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) that is dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations and communities world wide. She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program offered in 11 cities across the U.S., Canada and online worldwide which has trained more than 700 practitioners to date. She is the creator the Bounce Back BetterTM (B3) Program, Positive Psychology Coaching Certification, Flourishing Skills Group® (FSG®) Program, creator of the iMMi Program, co-founder of the Positive Educator CertificationTM (PEC) Program, creator of the PERMA-V Model and the 5i Change Agent Model.

Emiliya holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member. Emiliya holds a PCC credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as well as more than a dozen certifications in modalities including coaching, yoga, Reiki, intenSati, Thai massage, biofeedback, motivational interviewing and more.

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Michelle Gielan, MAPP

From “I just can’t” to “I definitely can!”: Clearing your child’s path to positivity.

How do we teach kids the mental building blocks to cope with stress, adversity and setbacks? According to positive psychology researcher and bestselling author Michelle Gielan, optimism and an empowered mindset are the most valuable resources in creating happiness and reaching your goals. In this session, we’ll look at why optimism, positive engagement and support provision account for 75% of the predictors of long-term levels of success, and why these skills matter to your child. Michelle teaches a three-step fact-checking process to shift your experience from stress to positivity.  She shares tools that help kids use stress to their advantage, avoid over-scheduling and also how to use the power lead tool to improve your connection with your child.

In this session you will learn:

  • What positive psychology really is and why it matters to your child
  • The three key factors which account for 75% of the prediction of long term levels of success
  • How to teach kids the power of using stress to their advantage
  • To avoid overscheduling your child
  • Practical ways to use the science of optimism for your child
  • Gratitude practices that kickstart optimism
  • The Power Lead tool for greater optimism and connection with your child
  • Tools to use in the heat of the moment
  • A crucial three-step fact-checking process to shift your experience
  • How to prepare your child for life’s ups and downs
  • Revolutionary Resilience Skills to empower a child of any age

Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive-psychology researcher, is the best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is an Executive Producer of The Happiness Advantage special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. Her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

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Kim West, LCSW-C

From “Wahhh!” to “Zzzz”: Helping your child to put themselves to sleep and stay there until morning.

It’s no secret that sleep is one of the best ways to boost your child’s overall well-being. Yet, the path to peaceful slumber is often fraught with challenges for kids and parents alike. There is nothing worse than looking at the clock knowing your child “should” be getting more sleep. From toddlers to teens, the “sleep lady” is here to help. In this session, Kim West, author of Good Night, Sleep Tight, helps us find the middle road with her sleep coaching method that has helped tens of thousands of people. You will learn essential strategies for your children to develop the skill of putting themselves to sleep, and develop a sleep plan that works for your family.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why sleep is one of the best things we can do for our body
  • What happens to your child’s body and mind during sleep
  • How much sleep your child really needs
  • How to guide and teach your child the skill of sleep
  • What to do if you have a child who wakes up and can’t go back to sleep
  • The truth about co-sleeping?
  • To stop “shoulding” yourself with sleep metrics
  • What really causes sleep challenges for kids
  • Transformative, time-saving tools to create a bedtime routine that works
  • How to detect if your child’s sleep issues are behavioral or anxiety
  • To connect with your child and leverage that “chatty” time before bed
  • Three key factors that prevent healthy sleep patterns in our kids and what to watch out for
  • Tools and strategies for creating your own family sleep plan
  • The trick to getting buy in from your kids about your sleep plan
  • How to take the blame game out of sleep

Known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients, Kim West has spent the past 17 years helping tens of thousands of tired parents all over the world get a good night’s sleep without letting their children cry it out alone. Kim is a mother of two girls and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 20 years. Kim has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk, Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post.

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Caren Baruch-Feldman, PhD

From “I give up” to “I can do this”: Teaching kids to be GRITTY.

Talent is everything, right? Wrong. Science has revealed that it’s not talent that predicts success, but a combination of passion and perseverance towards long-term goals: an essential attribute called “Grit.” It turns out that Grit is a key part of your child’s well-being, resilience and success toolbox. In this session, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman, author of The Grit Guide for Teens, reveals the secrets to Grit and provides us with a detailed roadmap for helping our kids become gritty. Dr. Feldman shares the 5 domains of Grit and provides simple formulas to help your children fail well, bounce back and achieve their goals.

In this session you will learn:

  • What GRIT is and is not
  • The revelatory GRIT formula and how to apply it to your child
  • The secret to motivating your child
  • How to overcome resistance
  • The sure-fire way to cultivate meaning through investing in long term goals
  • How to apply the growth mindset to become GRITTIER
  • The key five domains of success for GRITTY teens
  • How to know when to push forward or pull back with your child
  • Why buy-in is critical in the change process
  • GRIT and Passion: how to make it a YES
  • Mindfulness skills to increase GRIT
  • The truth about how much of GRIT is nature vs. nurture
  • The key to adversity
  • The shadow side of GRIT

Widely acknowledged as a Grit Expert, Caren Baruch-Feldman is the author of the The Grit Guide for Teens. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help children and adults with depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD and weight loss. She maintains a private practice in Scarsdale, works as a school psychologist in Westchester County and, for many years, was Camp Psychologist at Camp Ramah in Nyack, NY. Caren is an expert in conducting psychoeducational evaluations for children experiencing school-related difficulties. She has also trained hundreds of teachers, parents, children and health care professionals, giving workshops and lectures throughout the country.

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Erin Parks, PhD

From “I’m out of my depth” to “I know how to help”: Understanding the truth about eating disorders and how to help your child.

Eating disorder expert Dr. Erin Parks, from the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment & Research, takes us on a fascinating journey to explore the common myths, traits and warning signs of eating disorders. She reveals a little-known, revolutionary understanding: every eating disorder has a function and a purpose. She shows us how to uncover the often hidden strengths associated with eating disorders. You will learn essential tools for guiding your child through an eating disorder and understand why parents are the best chance for their child’s recovery. Whether you have a child struggling with an eating disorder, or other challenges, this session is ultimately about understanding the power of the human brain, our emotions and how to trust our instinct as parents while helping our children navigate life’s obstacles.

In this session you will learn:

  • Key distinctions between body image issues and eating disorders
  • The neuroscience of eating disorders
  • How to use the strengths in eating disorders: tools to reframe
  • Why rewards and punishments don’t work
  • Common myths about eating disorders: are they genetic, temperament or choice?
  • Warning signs every parent needs to know
  • The most common traits associated with eating disorders
  • What do we learn from eating disorders?
  • How to help your child with strong emotions
  • Why trusting your gut as a parent is the #1 resource you have
  • Crucial tools to handle being overwhelmed– “I don’t know if I will ever be able to help my child through this.”
  • How to handle the “guilt, shame and blame” game of eating disorders
  • Key tools to use when your child doesn’t like their body
  • How to help your child stand up to their worry bully

Dr. Erin Parks is a widely-respected specialist in eating disorders and has made understanding them her life’s work. She is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Outreach and Admissions for the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment & Research. Dr. Parks is a graduate of Northwestern University and UCSD/SDSU’s Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where she specialized in neuropsychology and conducted neuroimaging research of child development. As Director of Outreach and Admissions, Dr. Parks’ current focus is on how to best educate clinicians, parents and the community about the neurobiological basis of eating disorders and the evidence-based treatments that are now available.

http://eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu

Andrea Wachter, LMFT

From “I Feel Fat” to “These are my feelings”: Building body image resilience.

Our culture is obsessed with weight, being thin and taking “healthy eating” to extremes.  How can we help our children attain a balanced view of their bodies in the crossfire of conflicting messages?  In this life-changing interview, Andrea Wachter helps us deconstruct the complexities of how we view, think and talk about our bodies. She shares her own tools, specifically designed to create healthy body image awareness in our children and teens.  You will learn key prevention and resilience strategies: cultivating healthy body image, handling social comparison, working with tricky thoughts, creating a sense of belonging and teaching your child how to “feel” better by getting better at “feeling.”

In this session you will learn:

  • How to break the “I Feel Fat” spell
  • Why prevention begins with parents
  • The secret to discern between disordered eating and an eating disorder
  • Key strategies for how to talk to your kids about body image
  • How to end the “Diet Riot Roller Coaster”
  • Three important mind moods which drive health and wellbeing
  • Invaluable tools to control the thoughts that make us feel bad
  • How to nurture natural sweetness and comfort in our lives
  • Life-changing methods to cultivate belonging while accepting differences in our bodies
  • Easy to action ways of dealing with social comparison
  • Key parent strategies for emotional resilience
  • Transformational tools for moving from body resistance to body acceptance
  • Practical Mindfulness practices for healing body image
  • How to calm inner chatter with self-compassion

Andrea Wachter is a world-renowned inspirational counselor, author and speaker, who uses professional expertise, humor and personal recovery to help others.

Andrea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of Getting Over Overeating for Teens. She is also co-author of Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the “I Feel Fat” Spell and The Don’t Diet, Live-It Workbook. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her master’s degree in counseling from the University of San Francisco. In addition to her counseling practice, she is a regular contributor on The Huffington Post as well as numerous other publications.

www.andreawachter.com

Sheila Kilbane, MD

From “Yummy in my tummy” to “Yummy in my brain”: How changing your child’s diet can heal their bodies AND minds.

Dr. Sheila Kilbane, a pioneering Integrative Pediatrician, shares the fascinating journey that led her beyond treating symptoms to becoming a partner with parents in radically transforming children’s health. When Dr. Kilbane started working with children to improve their gut function, she observed that other symptoms, including anxiety, obsessive compulsive order, mood swings, behavioral issues and the ability to handle transitions, greatly improved. In this session, Dr. Kilbane guides you toward the root cause of your child’s health challenges through her integrative medicine approach. An advocate for nutrition as medicine, Dr. Kilbane provides us with practical ways to boost critical neurotransmitters to enhance mood and behavior, all while creating optimal body/mind resilience. We go back to the basics with Dr. Kilbane as she helps us create a roadmap to health through decreasing inflammation and healing our children from the inside.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to help your child start feeling good, relax and sleep better
  • The most critical place to start with your child’s health
  • To create an individualized roadmap for long term well-being and resilience
  • To transform gut bacteria, neurotransmitters and your child’s mood
  • How inflammation in the body impacts inflammation in the brain
  • What clues to look for with food, mood and anxiety in your child
  • What to do when you are in crisis mode with your child
  • Practical steps for expanding your child’s nutrition with fats, proteins and colorful foods
  • Simple steps to simplify your meal preparation
  • How to take back control over snack foods
  • Why altering just one meal can be a game changer in your child’s health
  • Dr. Kilbane’s starter smoothie packed full of nutrients your child will love
  • How to put yourself in the driver’s seat of your family’s nutrition
  • The truth about pesticides: organic or not organic?
  • The truth about supplements and the importance of proper dosing

Dr. Sheila is an Integrative Pediatrician committed to giving her patients a voice. She teaches both children and parents what their bodys’ symptoms are saying, and how to become, and stay, healthy. Dr. Kilbane did a fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil, where she learned how every aspect of our environment affects our immune system, including what we eat, how we live and what we believe.

Instead of trying to fit into the current medical system, where she was trained to diagnose, prescribe and refer, not to heal, she decided to create her own practice. Dr. Kilbane is the best-selling author of Healthy Kids Happy Moms: A Step by Step Guide to Improving Many Common Childhood Illnesses. She has a thriving Integrative Medicine practice in Charlotte, NC and also offers online courses to support parents everywhere.

www.7stepstohealthykidshappymoms.com
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Kanchan Koya, PhD

From “Yuck! Healthy stuff!” to “Yum! Happy Food!”: Transforming your child’s mood with food using the secret of spices.

Imagine the tastiest bite of food you have ever eaten: delicious and chock-full of flavor, not only pleasing to the palate but also healing to your body and mind.  Now imagine your child enjoying it too. Kanchan Koya believes that food doesn’t need to be bland and boring in order to be healthy.  Be ready to spice up your kitchen, and your child’s health, as we journey through the ancient wisdom of healing spices and modern science.  In this session, Kanchan, who received her PhD in molecular biology from Harvard, as well as training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, shares that food is literally medicine for your mood.  You will feel inspired by the medicinal power of spices, and learn how to use simple, whole foods to boost your child’s mental well-being.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why food is one of the most important tools against anxiety & depression
  • How to move from bland to flavorful foods and spice things up in your kitchen
  • The Four Key Spices every kitchen needs for boosting your child’s health
  • Crucial foods to improve mood
  • How to pack your pantry for success using food that kids of any age will love
  • Why certain foods “feel good” in the short term
  • To help your teen and tween adopt healthier eating habits
  • The impacts of processed food on your child’s mood
  • How to start feeding the good bacteria in your microbiome in two days
  • Easy to implement nutrition changes with a lasting impact on your child’s health
  • Practical steps for crowding out unhealthy foods by adding in nutritionally packed foods
  • Traditional diets from around the world which offer nutrient rich foods to feed your family
  • How to access Kanchan’s FREE recipes to begin your journey

Kanchan Koya is a Harvard-trained Molecular Biologist, Integrative Nutritionist, and mother to two. She is the creator of Spice Spice Baby, a platform dedicated to bringing healing spices and their amazing health benefits to families everywhere. Through Spice Spice Baby, Kanchan educates parents about the science-backed powers of ancient spices and encourages their use in simple, globally-inspired and delicious recipes for the family table. She has recently published a first-of-its-kind spice resource and cookbook with all the research-based health benefits of 15 spices and 100 recipes your whole family will love. She has a special interest in the ability of thoughtfully designed, spiced recipes to combat anxiety, depression and obesity in children.

www.spicespicebaby.com

Heather Chauvin, BSW

From “I will survive” to “I will thrive!”: Being fully present for your child by living an emotional, self-nurturing life.

Ready to truly change how you live, work, play and parent?  Living in crisis mode, exhausted and depleted is not sustainable.  Just making it through each day until time turns into a grey blur of stress and repetition is not truly living. In this moving, insightful session, we shift from surviving to thriving with the incredibly inspirational Heather Chauvin.  Heather shares both her first-hand experience, and her experience as a professional social worker, explaining what it means to wake up being emotionally alive and present for yourself and your child.  After being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Heather discovered that the key to taking care of herself was not about finding the time and space, but about creating it.  She shares why nourishing yourself is the greatest act of self-respect and self-compassion, and how this frees our children to do the same. Heather also busts some common myths like “there is not enough time” and shares how it is our own belief, thought and action that creates our reality.

In this session you will learn:

  • To teach your children boundaries by taking great care of yourself
  • Brilliant tools for living a sustainable life
  • Busting myths about taking care of yourself
  • How to end the drive to hustle
  • To create habits that work for the long term
  • Inspiration for creating compassionate discipline that leads to long term goals
  • Interventions to put an end to “decision fatigue”
  • The secret of cultivating emotional resilience through radical self care
  • How to be “annoyingly intentional” to get the most out of your life
  • To remain energized, connected and calm… for real!
  • To recognize if you are living your life ‘by default’ and the self-harming loop this creates
  • How to get creative with meditation and mindfulness
  • The secret to being fully alive and present with your child

Heather Chauvin BSW has been named the next generation’s thought leader in parenting and women’s leadership. Her mission is to crack women open to their deep potential and help them create the life their soul craves.

Heather is the creator of the New & Noteworthy Podcast, the Mom Is In Control Podcast, and has been featured on the OWN network, Huffington Post, TV outlets and others. Through her Courageous Rewrite Initiative, Heather gives voice to many humans who courageously took inspired action to create lives they’re proud of.

With wit and wisdom, Heather inspires a global community of women to take back control of their lives and evolve how they lead, work, play and parent.

heatherchauvin.com

Suzi Lula, MA, ALSP

From “I don’t have the time” to “My own 5 minutes”: Parenting resilience in just five minutes.

It is time to redefine self-care.  We’re not talking about the stereotypical mani-pedi, wine at 5pm so we can finally have some “me time.”  This is the new, scientifically proven approach to “self-care.” Culture validates our worth from our “doing,” yet as the mounting evidence is showing, sometimes it is the practice of “being” that offers you the window to restore what you need most.  In this session, Suzi Lula unpacks a new way of thinking about “self” care and why the art and science of this simple practice just might be the gateway to your best parenting yet.  Suzi provides you with concrete steps on how to identify your own self-care plan, how one simple question can change your day and the mindset shift that changes everything about self-care.

In this session you will learn:

  • One simple question which can change your whole day
  • Why taking time for yourself is the best gift you can give your child
  • To be truly present with yourself
  • How to identify your own self-care plan
  • Easily actionable tools to figure out what you need to take care of yourself
  • Why starting with emotional self-care is the first step to your well-being
  • The mindset shift that changes everything about self-care
  • Simple life changing phrases to use in the heat of the moment
  • The essence of self-care as a path to compassion with yourself
  • How to deal with your own unmet needs so you don’t project them onto your child

Suzi Lula is a visionary leader who is transforming the way people think about Self Care and Motherhood. A much sought after spiritual counselor, inspirational speaker and bestselling author, Suzi challenges conventional thinking that says that mothers must sacrifice and martyr themselves to be good mothers and instead, guides them to the realization that when they thrive, their children will flourish as well. Suzi is redefining Motherhood as a Spiritual Path, limitless in its possibilities to change the very nature of our mothering experience from one of simply surviving to one where we are powerfully thriving. Suzi is here to change the world for our next seven generations, one thriving mother at a time!

www.suzilula.com

Michael Pritchard

From “Who am I?” to “I belong”: Inspiring emotional intelligence, creativity and belonging in your kids.

What if we could see our children through the lens of our hearts, inspire their natural curiosity and creativity, and allow them to become who they are meant to be.  This process of uncovering the innate essence and happiness of your child is within reach. Expert Michael Pritchard uses his passion and wisdom to inspire parents on their path to understanding.  In this session, Michael, known for his clever truisms, teaches us how to help our kids “unwind, remind and find kind.”  He sheds light on building emotional resilience, helping children find acceptance and belonging as well as deal with adversity.

In this session you will learn:

  • Tried and tested tools to teach your child how to respond and not react
  • How to effectively help your child when they are fearful or angry
  • The importance of measuring a child by their heart
  • To use the transformative ICE practice to cool down our kids
  • Simple breathing techniques that go a long way
  • Tools to inspire happiness through contentmentwell-being and creativity
  • To build collaboration through connection
  • To help children find a sense of belonging
  • The knack of moving from conformity to cooperation
  • How to inspire your child to become who they are meant to be

Michael Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Time. Drawing from his counseling background, Michael Pritchard began using humor to teach communication skills, anger management, life skills, diversity, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress.

Michael’s sensational stand-up comedy put him onstage with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg, not to mention a guest appearance on an Emmy Award winning episode of Taxi. He’s done voice work for Star Wars Episodes and Sesame Street.  Despite his success in Hollywood, Michael chose to focus on using his comic talents for inspiring youth and adults.

Michael is the author of the book Listen to What your Kids Aren’t Telling You. He was featured in the film Happy, and has also developed several award-winning social and emotional learning and anti-bullying programs for elementary students, tweens and teens, which inspire caring and safe school communities. His latest research-based program Stepping on Up instills the necessary social and emotional skills to successfully navigate the profound challenges and changes of the ‘tween and teen years.

www.michaelpritchard.com

Rebecca Eanes

From “I’m too anxious to help” to “I’m anxious AND I can help”: Parenting positively when your own worry is in the way.

Sometimes we just need permission to be human. In this session we are talking about parents and our own resilience. What if the very anxieties and stresses we’re trying to help our child cope with are also showing up in us? What do we do if we, the parents, are anxious, stressed or depressed? In this session, Positive Parenting extraordinaire Rebecca Eanes reveals her own heart-wrenching and inspiring journey with panic and anxiety. She shares how she came to believe that you can be anxious and positive, and why she thinks this is the most important parenting message out there. With more than one million followers, and as the author of several revolutionary books, Rebecca encourages us to keep bouncing back and lead a life well-lived. In order to equip us with easy-to-access tools during our most stressed out and depleted times, Rebecca covers positive parenting hot-topics like discipline, connection, setting limits and empathy building skills.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why it’s not all about happiology: mythbusting positive parenting
  • Steps toward building supportive, trusting and accepting relationships
  • How to be a grounding, reassuring presence even with your own anxiety
  • How being curious can prevent you from being reactionary
  • Senses as defenses: How to help your child reduce stress by activating their senses
  • How to switch out of the mindset of behavior control
  • Tried and tested techniques which set appropriate limits while making your child feel safe
  • Ways to foster empathy with your child when they are going through something difficult
  • Tips to break the code of behavior and see it as communication
  • Key action steps to stay connected to your child
  • The secret ingredients of active listening
  • How to avoid escalation and Rebecca’s personal in-the-moment strategies

Rebecca Eanes is a bestselling author, the founder of positive-parents.org, creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond, and a contributing editor to Creative Child Magazine, as well as Baby Maternity Magazine. She contributes regularly to Motherly and has been featured at Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, Maria Shriver, The Gottman Institute Blog, Boston Parents Paper, Brightly, and more.

Rebecca considers herself a messenger, not an expert. She writes parent-to-parent from the trenches of motherhood with the perspective of a mother who has made the paradigm shift from conventional to positive parenting. She delights in sharing her journey with her readers and inspiring families to choose joy and love. She has independently researched and studied positive parenting for the past 8 years, and strives to continue to learn and grow along with her children, to love well and to lead a life well-lived.

www.positive-parents.org

Michael Solomon, PhD

From “I can’t explain” to “I’ll show you”: Building emotional resilience through role-play and drama.

All humans need to feel seen and heard.  This basic human need lies at the heart of belonging, and fuels resilience and well being. When a child or teen feels that their parents, teachers or therapist is actually hearing their feelings, it builds a stronger connection.  In this session, psychologist Mickey Solomon shows us how psychodrama helps children experience their feelings more clearly.  He unpacks this process and shows you how to take the first step with your child to build vulnerability, trust and connection.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to explore psychodrama techniques with your child
  • The trick to listening beyond words to the feelings of your child
  • To build strong connection with your child by being seen and heard
  • The skill of taking the first step with your child
  • The road back to well-being and authenticity with your child
  • How to cultivate vulnerability

Michael Solomon Ph.D. has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than forty years.  During this time he was also Director of Psychodrama Services at Woodview-Calabasas Psychiatric Hospital in Agoura California, and a consultant in psychodrama at six other psychiatric facilities in the greater Los Angeles area.

Along with Dr. Lewis Yablonsky, a close friend and colleague of Jacob Moreno, the creator of psychodrama, Michael helped establish the California Institute of Psychodrama where he still serves as its Executive and Training director.

For the past nine years, he has been involved with the Diamond Approach, a modality that integrates spirituality with depth psychology.  He finds that by incorporating the Diamond Approach into his psychodrama work, he has increased its impact and effectiveness considerably.

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