Marie Masterson, PhD is a national speaker and author of four books, including 101 Principles for Positive Guidance with Young Children: Creating Responsive Teachers published by Pearson, Enjoying the Parenting Roller Coaster: Nurturing and Empowering Your Children through the Ups and Downs, published by Gryphon House, which presents a philosophy of respectful, relational parenting with practical strategies for effective positive guidance, and two best practices books for family childcare providers published with the National Associate for the Education of Young Children.
As a child behavior expert, her engaging and inspirational messages include advocacy for children’s mental health, sensitive and effective responses to stress and trauma, positive behavior guidance, and research-based strategies to boost self-regulation and social skills in young children. As a highly regarded practical author and speaker, she has developed a widely held reputation as a motivational speaker for schools, faith-based organizations, family childcare and early care and education organizations, and parenting groups.
George Holden, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He is President and a founding board member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children. Dr. Holden has been conducting research into parent-child relationships for more than 30 years. He is an expert in parenting, the problem of corporal punishment, and positive discipline. He is currently serving on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Physical Punishment. In addition, he is the President of the board of Family Compass, an organization devoted to preventing child maltreatment in the Dallas community. Dr. Holden speaks nationally on the topics of:
Why Corporal Punishment is a Problem
Positive Discipline: What is it and why Parents Should Use it
How to Help Parents Move Away from Spanking
Robbyn Peters Bennett
Robbyn Peters Bennett, LPC, CMHS works with at risk children who have suffered from early abuse and neglect. She believes we can end child abuse in our lifetime. To that end, she promotes non-violent parenting and is the founder of StopSpanking, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against children by raising awareness of the dangers of spanking and by promoting parenting beyond punishment. Robbyn lectures internationally on the topic of trauma, attachment, the effects of harsh punishment and international efforts to end legalized assault of children. She presents on a variety of topics, including:
Parenting for Resiliency
Parents who have a high ACE (adverse childhood experiences) score or are struggling with poor resiliency often find parenting really difficult, and pediatricians and helpers are often at a loss of how to engage with this population in a helpful way. This presentation focuses on the effects of early adversity and subsequent risks of harsh parenting, and offers health providers and teachers resources so they can help parents build resiliency in themselves and their children.
Violence, a Family Tradition
This lecture focuses on the root cause of family violence, the effects of harsh punishment on attachment and long term health, and the accelerating international effort to end spanking world-wide through legal and educational efforts.