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Katie  Hurley

Katie Hurley

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 >

She practices psychotherapy in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and earned her BA in psychology and women’s studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She splits her time between Los Angeles, California and coastal Connecticut with her husband and two children. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Iceberg of Emotions

Raising Resilient Kids

Speech Topics

How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World

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.

How to Raise Empathic & Resilient Kids

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.

No More Mean Girls

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.

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