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Maureen  Healy

Maureen Healy

Educator & Best-Selling Author of The Emotionally Healthy Child

Biography

Maureen is an educator, award-winning author, and leader in the field of children’s emotional health. Her best-selling book, The Emotionally Healthy Child, has a preface from His Holiness the Dalai Lama (New World Library, 2018) and gives adults the ideas they need to nurture positive emotional health in today’s children. Her prior book, Growing Happy Kids, focused on cultivating confidence and notably won several awards. She also regularly blogs at Psychology Today, which has reached millions of adults worldwide. Read More >

Unique about Maureen is her global background teaching and counseling children on the how of becoming emotionally healthy. She’s even lived at the Base of the Himalayas in 2007 and taught Tibetan refugee children. In subsequent years, Maureen has spoken across Europe, Asia and the Americas helping adults gain a fresh perspective and positive strategies. In 2017, Maureen co-founded the “World Happiness Summit” for parents, teachers and professionals wanting to know the how of children’s emotional health.

Complimenting Maureen’s practical experience, she is traditionally trained in the field of child development and positive psychology. She holds a BA and MBA from Clark University in Worcester, MA and completed her PhD coursework in child clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Additionally, she’s authored a social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for K-8 students, which has been implemented in several independent schools.

Maureen’s wisdom and practicality has also been featured on TV, Radio and across all media outlets such as: Disney’s The Fatherhood Project with Hank Azaria, Scholastic, Parents Magazine, PBS, Martha Stewart Living Radio and television such as the CW’s San Diego Living as well as Happier TV with Tal Ben-Shahar. Her insight into how to help today’s children grow up healthier and happier is why audiences love her, and she gets the highest ratings repeatedly. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Dealing with Anger

Virtual Keynote: Emotional Health in a Pandemic: Tips for Parents & Teachers

The Emotionally Healthy Child

How to Raise Happier Children

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Children

Speech Topics

Cultivating Calm During (and Post) COVID-19

Creating calmness isn’t necessarily easy during a global health crisis, but it is possible. Maureen shares how students can learn emotional flexibility, and the tools needed to navigate the new educational normal in 2020 and beyond. Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Science-based strategies to increase calmness, as well as focus and mood
  • Clear understanding of “calming techniques” for classroom, hospital or home settings
  • One-page reference guide for students to improve self-regulation
  • Understanding calmness in relation to a “bigger picture” of positive emotional development, and how best to nurture that in our children

Emotional Health for Parents During Pandemic

Parents are feeling the stress of the COVID-19 Pandemic in a multitude of ways. Maureen has been working with parents globally to help them de-stress, and use science-based strategies to move toward improved emotional health. Of course, this isn’t always easy, but it is often possible. Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Gain clarity on simple, yet effective tools for you and your whole family
  • Develop your own “parenting toolbox” for surviving 2020
  • A deeper understanding of what an emotionally healthy mindset looks like during crisis (Pandemic or otherwise), and why it’s pivotal in building resilience
  • A deeper appreciation for yourself, and inspiration for your unique parenting path

Emotional Health in a Crisis (COVID or Other)

Students are returning to school (online, in-person) despite feeling anxious, stressed, distracted, and uneasy about the current pandemic. And of course, teaching in a pandemic isn’t always easy either, but a few key strategies and methods can help educators in their classroom keep their students calm, connected and moving toward feeling, as well as ultimately doing their best. Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Discover science-based (and teacher tested) practices to optimize distance learning
  • Strategies to improve focus and connection for students during pandemic
  • Awareness of the signs of emotional distress, and when to “raise the flag” regarding a student in your classroom (in-person, virtual)
  • A deeper understanding of the big picture of “the emotionally healthy student” and how as teachers, we can nurture this mindset

The Emotionally Healthy Child: Mindset + Habits

Understanding children’s emotional health and how to help students move toward their well-being is the focus of this program. Participants gain science-based strategies to build resilience and positive emotional health in their students (and themselves). Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Emotional health is widely misunderstood.
  • When adults (parents, teachers, and professionals) learn the ideas and strategies of positive emotional health things get easier. (7 life-changing ideas shared)
  • Cultivating a mindset of emotional health is key for long-term health.
  • Explaining things to children – in age appropriate ways, helps them grasp how emotions work, and what they can do with them (especially the tough ones!).
  • Emotional health is a precursor for happiness, and every adult (parent, teacher)wants their children to become happier.
  • Complex topics may be covered such as: Technology addiction, college admissions pressure, social media, cyber-bullying, pandemic, and school shootings.

Helping Children Bounce Back

Resilience is a skill that children can learn to develop regardless of their circumstances. If a boy or girl learns certain ideas, and practices inner-strength building strategies (home, classroom, hospital, after-school) they can build resilience. Resilience is essential to form a healthy mindset, and create positive experiences in life (academic, social, emotional, physical / well-being). Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Resilience and emotional health are learnable skills
  • Children who learn how to build the skill of resilience are better positioned for positive outcomes
  • Scientific studies reveal what resilience is, and how to nurture it in children
  • With her engaging style, Maureen shares powerful ideas and practical strategies to help you nurture resilience in children.