Speaker Series April 15: Helping Children Be Resilient and Optimistic

With guidance and support, children can be resilient and optimistic, even in the face of adversity and difficult circumstances.  A panel of experts will discuss that “Optimism & Resiliency” during a Spring Speaker Series event, Tuesday, April 15, at Antioch University New England (AUNE). Free and open to the public, it will be held at 7 p.m. in AUNE’s Community Room.

Presenters will share research on development of resiliency, and practical wisdom from years of working with children and parents in the Monadnock region. Learn how to assure and encourage resiliency and optimism in children. The panel will allow for extensive interaction with the audience.

Panel members are:

•Catherine Lounsbury, director of clinical training, AUNE Department of Applied Psychology. Cathy has more than 25 years of experience in the mental health field, working with children and adults, specializing in those who have experienced trauma.

•Margaret Henning, assistant professor of health science, Keene State College. Her research interests include the complex interrelations of public health, culture, orphans and vulnerable children, and resiliency.

Bonnie Harris, director of Connective Parenting and child behavior and parenting specialist for twenty-five years. She has written When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live.

Beth Ann Corwin, physical education specialist, Symonds School, Keene, New Hampshire. She has created a comprehensive physical education program so children can gain the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to make choices for healthy living.  Beth developed school wellness partnerships with her Symonds families, community organizations and initiatives, and the staff at her school.

For more information, contact Jack Calhoun, jcalhoun@antioch.edu or call 603-283-2108.