Maureen Healy | Internationally Renowned Educator, Author of "The Emotionally Healthy Child" and Social & Emotional Learning Expert

Maureen Healy

Internationally Renowned Educator, Author of "The Emotionally Healthy Child" and Social & Emotional Learning Expert

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Maureen Healy

"I do what I do because I want to see more children grow up happier." Maureen Healy

Social and emotional expert

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.

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 Ph.D. coursework in child clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Additionally, she's authored 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.

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Featured Keynote Programs

Fostering Student Resilience

Students today face many challenges whether it’s the bully on the bus to struggling how to read, as examples. Life isn’t always easy for them. Equipping our students with science-backed ideas and strategies to help them bounce back from everyday challenges to great adversity is fostering their resilience. Sharing the latest scientific research we identify what K-8 students need to improve their level of resilience, and form a resilient mindset. Of course, we want our students to progress academically, but also socially and emotionally, which requires a hefty dose of resilience.

Participants will enjoy a lively discussion (no questions are off the table!), the clarity of the 3 R’s of Student Resilience, and a handout of science-backed strategies that can help bring resilience-building into the K-8 classroom, school and community. Author and educator, Maureen Healy, has written a well-regarded resilience curriculum for K-8 students, as well as helped schools nationwide foster student resilience.

The Emotionally Healthy Child

Understanding children’s emotional health and how to help children build emotional regulation, and intelligence is the focus of this program. Participants gain a completely fresh perspective, and tools to nurture emotional health in themselves, as well as their students and families.

Audience takeaways: 

  • Clear definition of children’s emotional health. 
  • Receive the “7 Essential Lessons” of how emotions work. 
  • Science-based strategies that build emotional awareness, and self-regulation. Different emotions like anger and sadness are considered, as well as strategies in effectively handling them specifically. Different types of children discussed too (the perfectionist, stubborn child, intense and/or creative child, and so forth). 
  • Scripts (things to say) that help children slow down, stop, and make better choices.
  • An understanding of the “big picture” of emotional health, and resilience development.

Elementary to Middle School with Success

elping students successfully transition from elementary to middle school takes skill, insight, and savvy SEL strategies. The “mean girl” syndrome, bullying, and peer pressure are real. Being able to connect and center tweens while they have tricky and tough decisions isn’t easy – but with a proven approach middle school can be a bridge to students’ best selves.  

Audience takeaways: 

  • Emotional and social development stages in middle school. 
  • Scripts (things to say) when common and tricky middle school scenarios arise (online or in-person). Guiding students to their own “ah-ha” experiences.
  • The role of Identity Formation and what that means today. 
  • Skills of resilience, character, and connection are for every tween, but especially the highly sensitive and creative child. 
  • Helping tweens make smart choices with their digital footprint is covered (all social media included).

The Resilient Child

Resilience is a skill that children can learn to develop regardless of their circumstances. Being able to understand the science of childhood resilience, as well as the ideas and skills that help students get unstuck from problems, as well as form a resilient mindset can be game changing for the home or classroom.

Audience takeaways: 

  • Resilience and emotional health are learnable skills.
  • Understanding the resilience equation (3 elements of resilience) can help every child, parent, and teacher build resilience, as well as restore it after its broken.
  • Framework for incorporating resilience-building ideas, and strategies for elementary and middle school. Strategies by grade are shared. 
  • A clear understanding of the science of childhood resilience, as well as how to help children bounce back after experiencing a small to epic situation. 

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Featured Books

Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success, and Happinessby Maureen Healy

Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success, and Happiness

by Maureen Healy

Winner of Nautilus Book Award in Parenting & FamilyEvery parent wants his or her child to be happy and grow into a productive, fulfilled adult . . . and according to parenting expert Maureen Healy, the secret to that success is in providing a foundation of inner confidence. Parents and teachers know that confidence and inner strength are important attributes, but in an era where self-worth is often measured by possessions and attractiveness, most have no idea how to model true inner confidence for their kids or how to help them cultivate it. Real power--or inner confidence--is necessary to overcome obstacles, pursue our unique dreams, and be truly happy. 

Maureen Healy, a spiritual teacher with twenty years of experience as a child development expert, literally traveled the world from the Bronx to the base of the Himalayas to learn the connection between inner confidence and lasting happiness, and she shares that wealth of knowledge in Growing Happy Kids. Combining her Buddhist training, her background in child psychology, and the latest scientific research, Maureen shares her revolutionary model that defines inner confidence and cultivates a child's sense of optimism and connection. She explores each part of her system, which she called The Five Building Blocks of Confidence, with the mind of a scientist, yet the softness of a real parent who wants to raise strong, happy children. By using those building blocks--biology, beliefs, emotions, social, and spiritual--parents, teachers, and anyone who touches the life of a child can gain the skills necessary to foster happy kids who are strong, self-reliant, and confident.

"In Growing Happy Kids, Maureen Healy has given us rich and valuable tools to assist us in honoring and supporting our children in building their self-confidence and helping them become happier.  It is a MUST read for all parents, educators, and people who care."
--Edwene Gaines, author of The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity

"Drawing on her own extensive research and experience, Maureen Healy wisely leads parents and caregivers into the heart of awakening and activating the innate confidence with which every child is born.  This is a book that parents will read over and over again."
--Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential

The Emotionally Healthy Childby Maureen Healy

The Emotionally Healthy Child

by Maureen Healy

Winner of Nautilus Book Award in Parenting & Family

While growing up has never been easy, today's world undeniably presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The upside, cites Maureen Healy, is a widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened. Three simple steps are key ― Stop, Calm, and Make a Smart Choice. While not always easy, these steps are powerful and Healy shows readers exactly how to implement them. Children move from acting out or shutting down, experiencing frequent physical symptoms such as head and stomach aches or hurting themselves or others, to recognizing they are being triggered, feeling their emotions, and using strategies to respond from a calmer place. As adults learn to model these skills, both adults and children become freer to do and be their best.

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Featured Articles & Resources

Speaker Wins 2014 Nautilus Book Award

We are proud to announce that Maureen Dawn Healy recently won the 2014 Nautilus Book Award for her book "Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success and...
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The Highly Sensitive (and Stubborn) Child

Over the past few months, I have been happily working with parents from around the globe especially regarding their stubborn children. One of the moms, Maggie, explained her...
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Raising "Media Healthy" Children

Just yesterday, a mother called me about her daughter Delia. Delia, age 8, was voted off of her classroom lunch table. Apparently all of her "friends" had been watching reality...
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