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How to Help Our Children Be Resilient and Optimistic

Free Speaker Series Event at Antioch University New England April 15

(Keene, NH) March 18, 2014– With guidance and support, children can be resilient and optimistic, even in the face of adversity and difficult circumstances.  A panel of experts will discuss that “Optimism & Resiliency” during a Spring Speaker Series event, Thursday, April 15, at Antioch University New England (AUNE). It’s free and open to the public, and will be held at 7 p.m. in AUNE’s Community Room.

Learn how to ensure and encourage resiliency and optimism in children. Presenters will share research on development of resiliency, and practical wisdom from years of working with children and parents in the Monadnock region. The panel will allow for extensive discussion with the audience.

Panel members are:

  • Catherine Lounsbury, director of clinical training, AUNE Department of Applied Psychology. Cathy has more than 25 years of experience in the mental health field, working with children and adults, specializing in those who have experienced trauma.  You can view Dr. Catherine Lounsbury’s biography at
  • Margaret Henning, assistant professor of health science, Keene State College. Her research interests include the complex interrelations of public health, culture, orphans and vulnerable children, and resiliency.
  • Bonnie Harris, director of Connective Parenting and child behavior and parenting specialist for twenty-five years. She has written When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live.
  • Beth Ann Corwinphysical education specialist, Symonds School, Keene, New Hampshire. She has created a comprehensive physical education program so children can gain the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to make choices for healthy living.  Beth developed school wellness partnerships with her Symonds families, community organizations and initiatives, and the staff at her school.

For more information, contact Jack Calhoun, or call 603-283-2108.

About Antioch University New England (AUNE)
Antioch University New England offers highly respected doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs in education, environmental studies, management and psychology. Located in Keene, New Hampshire, this unique institution serves approximately one thousand students each year. Our graduates have gone on to be leaders of positive change, working toward a more just and sustainable society. Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England is the oldest of Antioch University’s graduate campuses. Learn more at:

About Antioch University
Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University, a private, non-profit, 501(c) 3 institution,  provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.  With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.



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