During the 2018–2019 school year, the Parents' Associations of St. Mark's and Hockaday invites parents to several special education opportunities, featuring bestselling authors and parenting experts.

List of 5 items.

  • Dr. Harold Urschel ’77

    Known as one of the foremost authorities on substance abuse and addiction in the country, Dr. Urschel is the author of the New York Times bestseller Healing the Addicted Brain. He is a coveted speaker on substance abuse and the latest opportunities to treat the chronic brain disease of addiction on both the local and national stage.

    As Chief Medical Strategist for one of the finest residential and outpatient treatment programs in the nation, Dr. Harold Urschel works with Enterhealth’s team of medical experts in the field of addiction, including its physicians, nurses, psychiatrists and licensed therapists, to implement the most advanced, science-based treatment protocols grounded in the latest NIH research, incorporating pharmacotherapy into client-centered treatment plans that address the psychological, spiritual and relational aspects of addiction.

    Recognized by industry publications, peers, national talk show hosts and even competitors for his comprehensive approach to treating addiction and his determination to educate families and industry cohorts, Dr. Urschel has spent more than 20 years in addiction psychiatry, neurology and research. He has held leadership roles with some of the top hospitals in Dallas/Ft. Worth including Baylor Health Care System, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and St. Paul University Hospitals.

    Dr. Urschel graduated from Princeton University for his undergraduate training and from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania for his graduate medical training. Dr. Urschel is currently certified in both addiction and general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He earned a Masters in Management Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
  • Anya Kamenetz

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    Anya Kamenetz is the author of The Art of Screen Time, the first essential, don’t-panic guide to kids, parents, and screens. Anya is an education correspondent for NPR and previously covered technology, innovation, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship for five years as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She has contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Anya was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and won 2009, 2010, and 2015 National Awards from the Education Writers Association. NPR Ed won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association. She appears in the documentaries Generation Next (2006), Default: A Student Loan Documentary (2011), both shown on PBS, and Ivory Tower, distributed by Participant Media. Anya grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Yale University in 2002. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
  • Dr. Wendy Mogel

    Dr. Wendy Mogel is a renowned speaker, parenting expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, and The Blessings of a B Minus. In her most recent book, Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How To Say It, and When To Listen, Dr. Mogel offers an essential guide to the new art of talking to children and shows how a change in voice can transform conversations and ease the relationship between parents and children. In her talk, Dr. Mogel will elaborate on a novel clinical approach she began talking with parents who were struggling with their kids, demonstrating how a shift in tone, tempo, and body language led to a surprising outcome: the children responded by cooperating with greater alacrity, and communicating with more warmth, respect, and sincerity. As the parents found their voices, so did the children. Dr. Mogel also addresses an obstacle that flummoxes even the most seasoned and confident parent: the distraction of digital devices, how they impact our connection with our families, and what we can do about it.
  • Kristen Ohlenforst, PhD

    Psychologist and children’s book co-author Dr. Kristen M. Ohlenforst specializes in evidence-based intervention for children and adolescents struggling with anxiety disorders and in providing consultation to parents of youth struggling with worry, stress, and a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. In her talk, Dr. Ohlenforst will help parents better understand how to identify and address signs of anxiety in children in our fast-paced, high-pressure world. She’ll provide concrete tools for responding to your child’s worries and share proactive parenting strategies for addressing your child’s anxiety before it becomes acute. Having trained at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Stanford School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Dr. Ohlenforst believes passionately that attending to your child’s mental health is integral to developing a whole and healthy child.Additionally, at this meeting, the counseling departments of St. Mark’s and Hockaday will be highlighted along with the services they offer to the families at both schools.
  • Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success and Real American: A Memoir. How to Raise an Adult emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. In this talk, Julie draws on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims inspires audiences to examine their behaviors and join the growing movement to allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success.

Speakers on Campus

St. Mark's School of Texas

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St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.