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Steely Core, Warm Hug:
Helping Gifted and Talented Youth With Their Problems

Saturday, Feb 26, 2022, 8:00am - 11:00am via Zoom

The pandemic has contributed to a major upswing in social and emotional challenges for children and teens. The supply of therapists and therapy appointment hours has not kept up with the demand for mental health support. This practical workshop provides important perspectives and essential steps parents can take to support their children with problems, whether or not a therapist is involved.

The workshop is not intended to provide emergency services or specific therapeutic advice. Instead, I will discuss the everyday decision-making and scaffolding parents can use to provide the trustworthy base and resources their children need when facing significant challenges.

Scholarships are available through the Cottonwood Center. Please email for more information.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022
Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am
Presenter: Mary L. Wandrei, PhD, LP
Cost: $50 per household (co-parents, grandparents, other caretakers included).
Location: Virtual. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

 Topics Include:
  • What youth need from parent figures: Encouragement, Stability, Listening, Anxiety Management, Perspective
  • Communication: Comprehending kids’ language and behavior to discern what is needed
  • Physical stress: Supporting the mind-body connection with movement and body language
  • Mood changes: Regulation and co-regulation in both parent and child
  • Safety: What to do to avoid the worst and be prepared if it happens
  • Combating helplessness: Reconnect to strengths and mental health resources

Please email

Mary L. Wandrei, PhD, is a psychotherapist specializing in assessment, coaching, and psychotherapy for gifted and talented and twice-exceptional children and adults; autism spectrum screening/consultation; school adjustment and educational planning; and consultation around executive functioning, anxiety, depression, sensory processing, and temperament issues.