Sample Speaking Topics:

Parenting with Confidence: Less Bribes, Less Threats and Less Exhaustion

Many parents today are living in a stress-filled, tense fashion whereby tasks dominate opportunities for care and connection. Often, there’s too much democracy in the hope of respecting the needs and feelings, or the voice and choice of a child or children. This combination of shared stress and a rush to the finish line, along with insufficient recovery, results in symptoms such as noncompliance and opposition. In this talk, “Dr. Kay” will explore cultural changes influencing ineffective parenting. Parents will feel inspired by and empowered with tools for managing systems wherein children cooperate and thrive.

Sustaining Positive Mental Health in the Face of Stress and Negativity

Our culture inundates us with negativity, inflating our sense of anxiety and fear. Our brains are programmed to survive through a defensive system that depletes us.  In this presentation, you will learn about stress and illness as well as how to transition from the negative to the positive state of being that promotes wellness. Learn both the language and the tool for sustaining positivity that is contagious and guarantees success in managing inter-personal relationships for leaders, teachers and parents.

Cultivating Compassion, Care and Purpose to Conquer Depression and Anxiety

What is anxiety and depression and what helps to reduce or eliminate such maladies? In this talk, “Dr. Kay” explores social emotional and biogenetic factors influencing our mood. There are cognitive and behavioral as well as social emotional tools at our disposal to improve our psychological well being. This presentation leaves participants more mindful and enabled to take mental health into their own hands and hearts.

Minding Your Marriage

Our culture appears to undermine our expectations about marriage with unrealistic “happily ever after” notions of love. Along the way, we often create a lot of distractions to help us avoid the work of minding our marriage, including sleep deprivation, a job, and caring for our children. In this presentation, “Dr. Kay” discusses the need to make every effort to understand and accept your differences, rather than making an effort to fight or “win” some kind of power struggle.  Learn about the necessary shift in thinking toward a goal of shared understanding, “give and take,” and mutual acceptance.
Managing Interpersonal Stress and Anxiety with Greater Calm

Every day, we are bombarded with stimuli that set us up to respond with reactivity and impatience. As a result, we all carry some amount of angst in our hearts and souls. Managing stress involves adjusting our expectations and our priorities, along with finding ways to recharge. In this session, Dr. Kay will help you to observe how stress impacts your body and mind. Participants will be able to walk away with simple tools for practicing a calm presence daily and responding effectively in the face of interpersonal challenges.

Talking to Your Tweens about Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

Wouldn’t it be nice if we only had to talk to our kids about easy topics? The reality is that at school, from their friends, and in the media, kids see so much information (and misinformation). It is important to keep it real, keep your humor, keep it simple and be a good listener. In this presentation, Dr. Kay will share practical, positive and creative options for talking openly with tweens about sex, drugs, and other difficult issues.  There will be role playing, time for questions, and plenty of shared knowledge to choose what works for you. Participants will be ready to begin a discussion or handle any question a child may have without worrying about the door closing on further talks.

Living in Our Legacy of Trauma: How to Stay Centered Despite Media Madness

Many of us live not only with current undue stress; we also carry a legacy of trauma on our backs.  Much of our reactivity, insomnia and/or negative mood  results  from the way we think about what we witness and experience. The media is no longer a neutral informer. We are now bombarded with opinions that serve to persuade and distort.  Worse, as we try to sort through the stimulation overload, our hearts may lose hope and joy while our nervous systems take a beating.  Trauma promotes the need to seek safety and defend against greater harm. All healing and rational problem solving is born out of compassion and care. How to we sustain our sense of security and intelligence in the face of real and projected terror? In this workshop “Dr. Kay” will teach us the neuro-physiology of stress and it’s impact on mood and cognition. You will learn how to better manage a core calm confidence that empowers and enables you to manage yourself as well as  interpersonal relationships with greater calm, compassion and care.

Articles

Websites

American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association’s website offers seminars, programs, plenary sessions, continuing education and products pertinent to mental health professionals.

Maryland Psychological Association
This website is the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) site, dedicated to “the promotion of psychology, as a science, and as a means of promoting human welfare.” The site contains information of interest to MPA members, psychologists, to those in training, and to those seeking psychological services.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
Dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Eating Disorders, the Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center provides assistance in the form of information and resources to those suffering with eating disorders.

EatingDisorders.ResourceAid.com
Extensive collection of links to resources and newsletters related to eating disorders.

Homeschooling in Montgomery County
The purpose of Homeschool Montgomery  is to forge connections in our homeschool community. This site brings together resources available through cooperatives, hybrid organizations, businesses, and others who appreciate the virtues of homeschooling.

National Eating Disorders Association
NEDA is located in Seattle, Washington. Their mission is to eliminate eating disorders and body dissatisfaction and to create a world in which no one weighs self-esteem in pounds on a scale. NEDA offers information and resources for the treatment of eating disorders.

LD Online
The leading website on learning disabilities for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Parent Soup
A great site for parents, filled with informative articles to support parenting for toddlers, preschoolers, grade- schoolers, preteens and teenagers. Articles, parenting tips and resources.

Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders
A website on Eating Disorders with outstanding information regarding the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, with open chat rooms available for parents as well as for persons struggling to recover.

Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources
WISER is an organization of educational professionals in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. This website makes resources available for services, such as tutoring, advocacy, educational testing and public speaking.

The Washington Parent Magazine
“The most trusted Parenting Resource in the Washington Metropolitan Area,” with guides and directories, event calendars and current articles.”

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) works to create stronger families through education and support. Has classes, workshops, talks, and a library.
The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) is a non-profit that offers a wide range of services and support for children and adults with special needs.
A very interesting organization that runs therapeutic teen wilderness programs.
The Bender-Dosik Parenting Center at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington has tons of great activities and classes for the whole family.

 

Abrams & Associates in the News

When Parenting Gets Tough, Just Breathe (pdf)

Washington Jewish Week by Suzanne Pollak, February 27, 2012

 

It’s Just Life! Lecture Series by Dr. Kay Abrams

Here you’ll find the MP3s of Dr. Kay Abrams lecture series on parenting called It’s Just Life! There are 5 cds in total, please enjoy listening and feel free to download.

Resources

Play Therapy Makes a Difference

A great article about Play Therapy from the Association for Play Therapy