Educational Presentations

Creating Kids of Character (for parents)
Presented by:
Whitney Donovan, LPC, LMHC, NCC, DCC
Length:
60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Parents
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

This presentation explores how parents can become equipped to help their children grow into people of high character. It focuses on assisting parents in identifying practical strategies to foster an environment at home that models, nurtures, and teaches valuable life-skills to their children. It will also share hands-on activities that can be used with their kids to make character building fun. Additional resources will be made available to parents so they can gain further information on character development.

Kids and Sports—Finding Your Family’s “Sweet Spot”: Balancing your family’s emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being
Presented by:
Whitney Donovan, LPC, LMHC, NCC, DCC
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

Participating in athletics can provide some of the best experiences and memories for both children and their parents. Yet the demands that come from sports can make it difficult to also balance school, family, and faith. This presentation looks at identifying challenges that athletes and their families may face, making intentional choices, and finding strategies to improve overall well-being while juggling so much. It is possible to find a healthy balance between sports and life, and this presentation will give families the practical tools they need to find that balance!

Notes: 
This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Please contact us to arrange for travel fees/accommodations. This presentation can also be delivered via video-conferencing.

Being a Christian Kid in the Electronic Age
Presented by:
Sheryl Cowling, MSW, LCSW, DCC, BCPCC, BCETS
Length:
60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Students ages 8-18, and parents
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

The Internet, Facebook, text messages, e-mail, chat rooms, cell phones, computers, laptops, and tablets can all have tremendous benefit for the user. However, they can also pose dangers and temptations that 21st-century kids and parents need to know about to have fun safely when using these technologies. In this seminar, participants will discuss ways to make the most of technologies while avoiding the pitfalls.

Notes: A 6x8 screen for PowerPoint projection is requested. Handouts will be provided. This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. This presentation is also available by live video-conferencing.
 

Bullying: Fighting Fear with Love
Presented by:
Sarah Reik, MS, LPC, DCC
Length:
30 or 60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Parents of high school or grade school children

This presentation examines the problem of bullying by considering the definition and prevalence of bullying, and by profiling both the bully and the victim. We will discuss what parents, children, and schools can do to confront the problem of bullying and help the victims, as well as what can be done if you are the parent of a bully.

 

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion.


This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Please contact us to arrange for travel fees/accommodations.


Cost: 

30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200

60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)
 

Loving and Leading—Building a Strong Parent-Child Relationship
Presented by:
Sarah Reik, MS, LPC, DCC
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

This presentation focuses on building strong relationships with our children through love and discipline.  We consider ways to effectively love our children in their “love language,” and look at the definition and application of discipline in the Christian home.

Notes: This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Please contact us to arrange for travel fees/accommodations. Available for in-person or video-conferencing presentation.

 

Discovering Authentic Beauty: Navigating Your Role as a Woman in Christ
Presented by:
Length:
60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Adolescent/young adult females or parent perspective
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

In a world embedded with various career, familial, and societal pressures for women, it can be difficult for women to develop a sense of personal self. This presentation will cover aspects of these pressures, as well as negative behaviors/habits that can result from solely using these expectations to define female self-image. Other specific topics addressed will include basic needs that females seek out and healthy ways to get these needs met. Finally, this presentation will touch on Christ’s role for women as his children, and how females can set their personal identity in Christ.

Designed for: Adolescent/young adult females. Also can be modified to be presented from a parent perspective.

Stressed Out but Standing Strong
Presented by:
Sarah Reik, MS, LPC, DCC
Length:
30 or 60 minutes

Are you feeling overwhelmed with life and looking for some relief? Would you like to know how to prevent stress overload? This presentation clarifies the issue of stress by looking at the definition of stress, good vs. bad stress, the signs of stress, and the causes of stress. We will discuss solutions for stress by identifying coping skills and stress prevention techniques, as well as considering God’s promises to help during stressful times.

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion. There is also a version of this presentation designed for high school and college students.


This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Please contact us to arrange for travel fees/accommodations.

Cost: 
30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200
60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses) 

 

The Dropout Generation
Presented by:
Joshua T. Mears, PsyD, LP, DCC
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAp: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

The statistics tell us that youth are leaving our churches. What is causing the decline in church attendance and involvement for late teens and young adults? This presentation will use developmental psychology theories to examine the social and cultural factors that are contributing to this drop out and formulate strategies for prevention.
 

Notes: A PowerPoint screen is requested. Handouts will be provided. This presentation is available throughout the Mankato and Twin Cities, MN metropolitan area. Please contact the presenter to arrange for travel fees/accommodations for venues outside that area. A room containing tables for note-taking and a projector are required.
 

Angry and Defiant Students
Presented by:
Sheryl Cowling, MSW, LCSW, DCC, BCPCC, BCETS
Length:
30 or 60 minutes

In this presentation, parents and teachers will learn why some students are angry and defiant from both a biblical and a clinical perspective. Numerous suggestions will be provided about how to help these students manage their anger, improve their attitudes, and make good choices regarding their behavior. 

 

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion.

 

Cost: 
30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200
60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses) 
 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Presented by:
Sheryl Cowling, MSW, LCSW, DCC, BCPCC, BCETS
Length:
30 or 60 minutes

In this presentation, the symptoms of ADHD will be discussed, along with their impact on academic and social functioning. Treatment strategies, including counseling, medication, and classroom accommodations will be addressed.

 

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion.

 

Cost: 
30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200
60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)
 

Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety and Depression
Presented by:
Sheryl Cowling, MSW, LCSW, DCC, BCPCC, BCETS
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

Some children and adolescents experience anxiety and depression, but their emotional struggles are often manifested in ways different from those of an adult. In this seminar, participants will learn the signs of pediatric anxiety and depression, plus proven treatment strategies.

 

Notes: A 6x8 screen for PowerPoint projection is requested. Handouts will be provided. This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. This presentation is also available by live video-conferencing.
 

What’s Going On in There?—The Teen Brain
Presented by:
Sheryl Cowling, MSW, LCSW, DCC, BCPCC, BCETS
Length:
60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Parents, high school students, school faculty, and religion or health classes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

The adolescent brain undergoes tremendous growth during the teen years. Parents are often left stunned and confused by teen behavior. Teens’ brains are changing during the adolescent years. The reaction from teens has been, “Would someone please tell my parents about this?” So, now we are.
 

Notes: The focus of the content is easily adjusted for the following audiences: parents, high school students, school faculty, and religion or health classes.
 

Shaping Responsible Behavior
Presented by:
Sarah Reik, MS, LPC, DCC
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

In our current culture of blame-shifting and irresponsibility, it is especially important for parents to learn ways to shape responsible behavior in their children. This presentation will look at the benefits of responsible behavior, as well as specific examples and suggestions for parents to use as they shape responsibility through tasks, discipline, and service.


Notes: This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Please contact us to arrange for travel fees/accommodations. Available for in-person or video-conferencing presentation.
 

Social Media and Teens: The good, the bad, and what to do about it
Presented by:
Elizabeth Robinson, MA, LPC, DCC
Length:
30 or 60 minutes

Nearly every teen and most adults I know use some form of social media. This presentation explores what exactly social media is, and gives some basic information on some of the more popular sites today. It explores both the risks and benefits of social media for teens as well as identifies warning signs parents and teachers can be aware of. Risks addressed include: cyberbullying, sexual exploitation, and identify theft. It is a scary world out there. Social media brings that world into our homes and our schools. Learn ways that teens, their educators, and parents can make social media the safest and most positive experience possible.
 

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion. A 6x8 screen for PowerPoint projection is requested. Handouts will be provided. Available for in-person or video-conferencing presentation.

Cost: 
30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200
60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

 

Wii™ Just Can’t Stop Playing: Video Games and Young Adults
Presented by:
Brandon Hayes, PhD, LP, CATSM
Length:
60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Parents of middle schoolers or high schoolers
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

Are video games all bad? Can video games affect your GPA? How do you know if you are addicted to video games? Dr. Hayes looks at the pros and cons of video games and helps the audience understand when games can become too much of a good thing.
 

Notes: This presentation can be adapted to parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers.
 

Let’s Talk About Self-Harm: Myths, reality, and what to do
Presented by:
Elizabeth Robinson, MA, LPC, DCC
Length:
30 or 60 minutes

This brief presentation addresses common myths and misconceptions about self-harm, including clarifying the differences between self-harm and suicide. It examines the signs of self-harm and provides practical advice on how to help a student who is engaging in self-harm, for you individually as well as an organization. Also included are resources for you to use yourself or to share with your students and families. This is meant to be an interactive presentation with time for questions and discussion. Self-harm is common among our young people today. Many of you probably have experience working with children or teens who are engaging in self-harm. Let’s talk about what has worked for you and what hasn’t. My goal is that you leave with your questions answered and with concrete, useful information you can use.

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion. A 6x8 screen for PowerPoint projection is requested. Handouts will be provided. Available for in-person or video-conferencing presentation.

Cost: 
30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200
60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

 

How to Help a Depressed or Suicidal Friend
Presented by:
Sarah Reik, MS, LPC, DCC
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

Are you the person your friends talk to when life gets tough? Do you think one or more of the people you know may be depressed? Are you afraid they might try to hurt themselves, or even worse? In this session we will talk about some of the challenges you may be dealing with as you try to help your friends in the best way possible. We will identify the signs and causes of depression, and look at the warning signs of suicide. We will discuss specific ways to help your struggling friends, as well as ways to care for yourself.


Notes: This presentation is written specifically for teenagers, but can be adapted for parents and other adults as well. This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Please contact us to arrange for travel fees/accommodations. Available for in-person or video-conferencing presentation.
 

Peer Pressure: Helping Godly Kids and Teens Resist Ungodly Temptations
Presented by:
Sheryl Cowling, MSW, LCSW, DCC, BCPCC, BCETS
Length:
60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Children, tweens, teens, and their parents
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

This presentation is designed for children, tweens, teens, and their parents. In a fun, interactive style, participants will learn more about what peer pressure is and ways to resist it. Parents will be given strategies to help empower their family members. All recommendations are based on Scripture, which is highlighted throughout.
 

Notes: A 6x8 screen for PowerPoint projection is requested. Handouts will be provided. This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. This presentation is also available by live video-conferencing.
 

Anxiety and Depression in Young Children and Teens
Presented by:
Whitney Donovan, LPC, LMHC, NCC, DCC
Length:
60 minutes
Intended Audience:
Parents of middle schoolers or high schoolers
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

Anxiety and depression are struggles that are not only seen in adults, but children and adolescents as well. This presentation looks at the factors that influence anxiety and depression, symptoms that are often displayed, and then identifies tips and strategies to effectively manage them.

Let’s Talk About Suicide: How to recognize the warning signs and what to do next
Presented by:
Elizabeth Robinson, MA, LPC, DCC
Length:
30 or 60 minutes

This brief presentation gives an overview of risk factors for suicide as well as warning signs. It includes practical advice for how to proceed if you think someone might be having suicidal thoughts as well as some guidelines of how not to respond. It also includes resources for you to use yourself or pass along to the student. This is meant to be an interactive presentation with time for questions and discussion. My goal is to provide you with practical, useful information that you can use with your students and to answer any questions you might have about this challenging topic. Let’s talk.
 

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion. A 6x8 screen for PowerPoint projection is requested. Handouts will be provided. Available for in-person or video-conferencing presentation.

Cost: 
30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200
60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)
 

Eating Disorders...Are They Really About the Food?
Presented by:
Liz Seelow, LPC, LMHC, CET, CCTP
Length:
30 or 60 minutes

As many as 10 million females and one million males in the U.S. are fighting a life-and-death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, and millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder. Learn about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, possible causes, effects on the family, coping methods, and treatment strategies.

Notes: In addition to being a 60-minute in-person presentation, this presentation can also be shortened to 30 minutes and delivered via video-conferencing, which would be perfectly suited to faculty meetings, circuit pastor gatherings, conferences, or other events. The presentation is practical and allows for questions and discussion. 

Cost: 
30-minute video chat: MAP: $100/Non-MAP: $200
60-minute presentation: MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)
 

Child Abuse and Neglect
Presented by:
Sheryl Cowling, MSW, LCSW, DCC, BCPCC, BCETS
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

Child abuse and neglect can have a profound impact upon a child or teenager physically, psychologically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. In this presentation the signs and causes of abuse and neglect are highlighted. Information about how to help a child who has been abused or neglected will be provided.

Notes: A 6x8 screen for PowerPoint projection is requested. Handouts will be provided. This presentation is available to organizations throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. This presentation is also available by live video-conferencing.
 

The Prognosis on Porn: Working with adolescents who struggle with pornography use
Presented by:
Length:
60 minutes
Cost:
MAP: $200/Non-MAP: $300 (plus expenses)

The pornography industry in the United States grossed approximately $7 billion in 2006 (Edelman, 2009).  Pornography continues to attract many consumers, now including children and adolescents more than ever. Economic indicators show that online pornography is the wave of the future due to its accessibility, anonymity, and affordability (Cooper, Delmonico, & Burg, 2000). This widespread accessibility has ultimately led to pornography being viewed by children at younger and younger ages, with some studies showing that the average first exposure to pornography happens as young as 8 years old. This presentation will outline the current research surrounding adolescents and pornography use, abuse, and addiction. It will highlight the prevalence of pornography and effective interventions in working with children and teens that struggle with this issue as well as the conceptualization of this issue from a Christ-centered perspective.