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Guest Speakers: Kristin MacDermott, Founder and Creator of the MacDermott Method and Jocelyn Baker, Author, Editor & Ghostwriter

Host: Timothy J. Belber, Founder & Principal of The Alchemia Group LLC, PPI Dean of Fusion

Description: The conversation is the backbone of the relationship you have with your children. If your conversations are strong, so are your relationships. This goes for any relationship—whether it is with your spouse, your sister, your friend, or your boss. It is particularly true in the parent/child relationship. After all, your children are looking to you as their model for building paradigms about the world and their role in it.

In this program, we will focus on both the conversations and the related strategies for raising children who are resilient, who have strong relationships with their parents, and who are able to bypass the high levels of anxiety that so many children face.

Introduction to Our Guest Speakers

Kristin MacDermott, Founder and Creator of the MacDermott Method

Kristin MacDermott is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the founder and creator of the MacDermott Method. She is the author of It Takes Two Minutes to Shift Your Mindset and Build Resilience.

Kristin’s resilience training programs have been validated in four studies (including two randomized-controlled trails) with researchers for the Duke Clinical Research Institute, published in peer-reviewed journals, and proven to promote clinically significant improvement in key resilience measures, including distress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and self-efficacy.

She has developed resilience training programs for some of the highest performing people on the planet, including the Navy SEALS and the Los Angeles Police Department. Her resilience training programs have been used in more than twenty hospitals across the country, in the Duke Cancer Institute, and in the National Institutes of Health, among others. She has also created programs for college, high school, and middle school students.

Kristin holds a bachelor of arts from Duke University and a master’s in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She has also completed advanced training in Mind-Body Medicine at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

She is the co-founder of Pathfinders, an Aspen-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people living with cancer as well as those experiencing grief. She also helped start Zero Hour Expeditions, a nonprofit that helps combat veterans reintegrate into civilian life and overcome the effects of PTSD by experiencing 30-day wilderness trips.

Kristin has been married to Michael for 27 years and is the proud mother of their three resilient children—Connor (21), Griffin (17), and Riley (13).

Jocelyn Baker, Author, Editor & Ghostwriter

Jocelyn Baker is a ghostwriter who has written and edited more than eighty books, including bestsellers, across a range of industries, which includes: parenting, estate planning, neurolinguistic programming, education, finance, death and grieving, self-help, philosophy, and psychology. Jocelyn also has a background as a successful copywriter, helping her clients promote their books, launch products, and convert leads into sales through online marketing.

Through her work as a writer, she became interested in the impact of words on behavior. When she had children, who are now 10 and 7, she became even more interested in this and wrote several books (as a ghostwriter) about parenting and internal working models.

In 2016, in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, Jocelyn met Kristin MacDermott when they collaborated on a book about resilience. They were drawn together by their shared interest in paradigms, internal working models, and parenting. Together, they are creating programs to help parents raise resilient children. The first program, which launched in February, is for divorcing families.

A general parenting course for families interested in helping their children become resilient will be available at www.macdermottmethod.com next month.

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