Psychotherapist & Parenting Expert
Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11. Hurley is also the author of The Happy Kid Handbook, and her work can be found in The Washington Post, PBS Parents, and US News and World Report, among other places. Read More >
Iceberg of Emotions
Raising Resilient Kids
This presentation helps parents and educators understand the role personality type plays in how children interact with the world around them, process stressful situations, and cope with obstacles. How can parents and educators understand the difference between stress and anxiety? Symptoms and triggers are discussed in great detail. The audience will walk away with specific strategies to decrease stress and anxiety in their children’s lives.
This presentation begins with an overview of bullying and cyberbullying, then quickly moves into taking a proactive approach to empowering empathy and resilience in our children. Barriers to both are discussed. The audience leaves this presentation with concrete strategies to increasing empathy, kindness, and resilience.
This presentation aims to change the narrative of girlhood by raising awareness about relational aggression among girls, including causes and proactive steps to steer girls in a more positive direction. This covers everything from social interaction skills to barriers to empathy and kindness among girls to toxic competition and achievement pressure to empowering girls to work together toward a brighter future for all. Actionable steps are provided to help parents and educators build girls up and decrease relational aggression.
"Katie Hurley opened our eyes to the realities of what girls (and boys alike) are managing in today's new world. She taught us how parents can help navigate a world quite foreign to us and build stronger kids for kinder communities. Her books should be mandatory reading for all new parents!"
"The parents, faculty, and administrators who attended your ‘Tackling Childhood Stress’ presentation found your talk to be captivating and full of concrete, practical advice. Often times, people leave a program like this feeling somewhat overwhelmed and unsure where to begin, but there were so many small things you suggested that are easy to implement in the home or the classroom."
"What a great night we had in Ridgefield CT with Katie. She showed us there is much we, as the village, can do to create a greater community of kindness, self-confidence and inclusion for both boys and girls. We will definitely have her back in the future."
"Katie Hurley’s presentation on ‘Tackling Childhood Stress” was captivating and full of practical, easy-to-implement tools for opening dialogue with children and adolescents about emotional well-being. In an increasingly busy and achievement-driven world where children spend more time in managed activities rather than free play, Hurley’s message was full of positive interventions to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety they are facing. Her sense of humor and relevant personal stories were flawlessly intertwined with statistics and data, which kept the audience engaged in the wealth of information presented. Hurley stressed the importance of helping children develop ‘soft skills’ such as empathy, compassion, and grit – the fundamental characteristics of successful and happy people."
"As a school for girls, we were particularly interested in bringing Katie Hurley to campus for one of our community outreach events. Katie didn't disappoint and had the audience eating out of her hands within moments of hitting the stage. She has that wonderful mix of compelling personal narrative, commanding expertise and genuine concern for others. I mingled with the people who attended the presentation and received dozens of positive comments about Katie's message and thanking us for bringing her to Maine. I know we will have even more participants at our next community event because our participants had such a positive experience with Katie. Over 100 people bought her book at the event and she generously signed books and interacted in a highly personable manner with participants well after the end of the presentation."
"Katie Hurley is FABULOUS! She came to speak at our school in Playa Vista, CA about how to build empathy, resilience and coping skills for kids to thrive in a modern world. Every parent there learned something, no matter the sex or age of their children. She gave us so much valuable information and did so in an entertaining way. She was relatable with her stories and her visual presentation was so helpful. Most every parent walking out of the room was raving about her and asking when she could come back. I highly recommend Katie to be hired as a speaker and we hope to have her back again to our school!"