Dr. Offner is available to schools, colleges and non-profit organizations for guidance about student mental health, educational programming and institutional policy. Dr. Offner also presents to parent and student audiences on a range of topics related to adolescent and young adult development, mental health, and education.

To invite Dr. Offner to consult or speak to your organization, please call or use the contact form. Dr. Offner is available from September 2018.

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Upcoming Appearances


Available talks & workshops

Most teachers and school administrators are not prepared to consider parents in a substantial way.  Yet here they are: at Back-to-School Night, parent-teacher conferences, on your playing fields and in your offices. This workshop will:

  • delineate common dilemmas teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators encounter with students’ parents.

  • shed light on the practical and emotional challenges in contemporary families’ private lives.

  • provide tips & strategies for managing difficult parent conversations.

  • explain why (and how) you should develop collaborative partnerships with parents.

Intended audience
Teachers, school counselors, nurses, deans, division heads

Keynote or breakout session
60 minutes

Workshop
2 hours

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The Parent Trap: Road Blocks, Mishaps & Misunderstandings


Leading Emotionally Healthy Schools

During this two-part workshop, you and your colleagues will gain confidence in talking with, understanding, and managing students with relationship difficulties, identity issues, family conflicts, anxiety, and depression. You will also learn skills and strategies for communicating and collaborating with their families, and with each other.

Intended audience
Heads, Assistant/Associate Heads, Division Heads, Deans

Keynote
60 minutes

Workshop
2–3 hours

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This comprehensive campus wellness/student affairs consultation provides custom educational content to students, faculty/staff and parents, and allows your leadership team to achieve a deeper, more nuanced perspective on your own community. Based on separate meetings with students, faculty, and staff over the course of a single day, Dr. Offner provides clear feedback and suggests “action items” to follow. She also provides a separate evening talk for interested members of your parent community.

Educators as “First Responders:” Mental Health in the Classroom

 

At all grade levels, teachers and administrators are the ones "on the ground."  In this workshop, we will discuss signals and signs of student distress, best practices for partnering with parents, and strategies for collaborating with colleagues and/or outside mental health professionals.

Intended audience
Classroom teachers, deans, division heads, nurses, coaches, counselors

Keynote
60 minutes

Workshop
90 minutes

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Worried, Sad or Mad? Anxiety and Depression in Children and Teenagers

In a K-12 class of twenty-five students, at least five will struggle with anxiety or depression significant enough to interfere with academic performance, peer relationships, or both. The tricky part is that these syndromes LOOK different in kids than they do in adults. Learn how to recognize how anxiety and depression manifest at different ages. Discover how you can intervene early & effectively in your role as teacher, administrator, coach, nurse -- and yes, parent consultant! During the discussion period, we will focus on participant questions and observations about your own students and school communities.

Intended audience
Classroom teachers, deans, division heads, nurses, coaches, counselors

Workshop
60–90 minutes

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Dr. Offner consults to schools on a range of topics. Her campus wellness/ student affairs “360” day visit provides custom educational content to students, faculty/staff, and parents through separate meetings over the course of a single day & evening. Following the visit, she provides detailed feedback from each of these constituencies, along with suggested “action items,” to your school’s leadership team.

Other general consultation services include

  • Weekly or monthly supervision for middle and secondary school counselors and student affairs teams

  • Single case consultation to wellness and student affairs teams

  • Policy consultation to wellness and student affairs teams re:

    • Crisis management

    • Understanding student wellness needs across a diverse student body

    • Developing an effective medical leave policy

    • Professional boundaries for educators

    • Faculty children/employee parents

Consulting services