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Healing Developmental Trauma

Laurence Heller, Ph.D.

Creator of the NeuroAffective Relational Model© (NARM) and senior faculty member at the NARM Training Institute

Brad Kammer, LMFT

Licensed marriage and family therapist and NARM master therapist, consultant, and faculty trainer

Stefanie Klein, LCSW

Licensed clinical social worker and NARM master therapist, consultant, and faculty member

Nov 17 2022

The Art of Talking with Children: Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids

Rebecca Rolland, Ed.D.

Nationally certified speech-language pathologist in the Neurology Department of Boston Children's Hospital.

Nov 4 2022

POSTPONED! The Study of Human Life

Joshua Bennett, Ph.D.

Poet, performer, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College

Jesse McCarthy, Ph.D.

Assistant professor jointly appointed in the Department of English and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University

Nov 1 2022

Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship

Terry Real, MSW, LCSW

Internationally recognized family therapist, speaker, and best-selling author

Alexandra H. Solomon, Ph.D.

Award-winning author of two books, podcast host, professor, and licensed clinical psychologist, The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Oct 27 2022

Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations about Race and Racism

Shanterra McBride, MA

Author, preacher, speaker, teacher, and founder of "Marvelous University"

Rosalind Wiseman

Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer, Cultures of Dignity

Marlon I. Cummings, Ph.D.

Associate professor of educational and organizational leadership at Governors State University

Oct 25 2022

Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

New York Times bestselling author, autism activist, and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University

Oct 20 2022

The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now

Anya Kamenetz

Education journalist, author, and advisor to the Aspen Institute

Sarah Karp

Reporter focused on education, children and families at NPR-affiliate WBEZ

Oct 18 2022

The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide

Steven W. Thrasher, Ph.D.

Daniel H. Renberg chair at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism

Alida Bouris, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Oct 10 2022

EVENT #2: Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be

Becky Kennedy, Ph.D.

Clinical psychologist and author of "Good Inside"

Heidi Stevens

Chicago-based writer and Director of External Affairs for the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health

Oct 7 2022