Allison trains educators, counselors and parents in the areas of emotion regulation, building resilience, self-care, trauma, and anxiety among other topics.

Allison helps school leaders understand how social/emotional differences can be supported in neurologically diverse student populations, and provides consultation and staff development on how to effectively improve emotion regulation in the classroom.

Allison is currently scheduling sessions on the following topics:

Building Resilience in Kids 

In this presentation, Allison teaches parents and/or educators how to help kids do hard tasks, accomplish goals and become more independent. She will explain the 5 emotions children need to manage before age 18 and how to provide opportunities to manage these emotions. Using real-life examples, humor and practical strategies, Allison will show adults how to lead kids down the path of becoming successful, both in the world and within themselves.

 

Flooded: A Brain-Based Approach to Help Children Regulate Emotions

Based on her best-selling book, Allison explains how parents, teachers, and counselors can help children regulate emotions. Filled with techniques, real-life examples and practical suggestions for setting up spaces to support emotional regulation, Allison will help adults identify flooded children and help them reset. In this program, adults will not only learn how to help children reset their brains but also how to reset their own brains when triggered by dysregulated children.

Helping the Helper: Self-Care for Counselors

We spend our days helping kids but how do we help ourselves? This program outlines self-care models for counseling professionals, uses humor and storytelling the normalize just how hard our jobs are, and leaves counselors feeling rejuvenated. Tips for how to structure the workday, balance home and work life and how to focus on your role will help counselors better manage their taxing jobs and give them strategies they can use for years to come!

15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School

Feel like you don’t have enough time to do counseling? Participants will learn 15 counseling techniques that can be implemented in less than 15 minutes from when a student walks into your office. The program can be suited to elementary, middle, or high school counselors (or a combination of all) and participants will not only learn the strategies but will be doing them alongside Allison as she teaches how to implement them. Get out your Play-Doh! This hands-on,experiential program will revolutionize your counseling department and help participants leave feeling empowered.

Approaching Anxiety: How (and When!) Educators Can Intervene

Anxiety is the #1 mental health disorder in the country and affects nearly 30% of students. Each day students walk into classrooms with upset stomachs, sweaty palms and minds spinning with fear-based thoughts. Learn how to recognize anxiety in children, how to support anxiety in neurologically diverse classrooms, and how to talk to parents about student anxiety. Educators will leave the session with confidence to address anxiety inside the classroom and knowledge of how to work with outside professionals to help anxious children begin to thrive.

Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation

Educators work daily with students who are unable to regulate their emotions. Trauma and ACE’s are a large part of this epidemic and based on brain research, this workshop will help counselors learn how to identify triggers, teach effective coping strategies, and help students go from debilitated to empowered.

Why Smart Kids Worry and What Parents Can Do to Help

Based on her best-selling book, Allison guides participants through the mental and emotional process of where the fears of smart kids come from and why they are so hard to move past. She explains why highly intelligent kids have a higher prevalence of social and emotional problems and how these differences present themselves in the classroom. In addition, she teaches 10 specially designed tools participants can use to help smart kids not only succeed in the classroom, but in life.

If you have a specific topic or issue you would like to address, please contact Allison  so she can design a program to specifically fit your needs.

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That was a superb presentation today, and I’ve heard lots of good conversation related to it. So many people expressed appreciation for the content, delivery, and discussion. It was exactly what we needed right now, and I just wanted to tell you that!

Wow.

All I have to say is…after your presentation, I was good to go for the day! Felt I had hit the jackpot. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us!

I have a precious six year old daughter and came just as much as for her and wanting to learn how to be the best mommy for her and raise her in an anxiety free home as I came to learn about how to use techniques in the classroom.

I know they were recording your presentation. Do you by chance know if that will be available to view?? I was writing notes like crazy and came home telling everyone I know to buy your book. I would love to re-watch it.

Seriously. You were amazing and such an easy to follow speaker. You spoke with poise and wisdom and with authenticity. That is hard to find these days and I truly appreciate your boldness to keep it real for us.

THE PROGRAM WAS A SLAM DUNK!

Allison was terrific, and really seemed to reach our audience’s concerns.  I have heard nothing but glowing comments.

Many, many thanks.


2024 WORKSHOPS

2/1/24 - El Paso, TX ESC Region 13

2/9/24 - El Paso, TX ESC Region 19

5/30/24 - Williamson County Schools, TN - Building Resilience in Kids

7/17/24 - Autism Summer Institute - FL, Keynote Speaker

10/11/24 - Educational Center of Eastern Ohio - Why Gifted Kids Worry

2023 WORKSHOPS

1/24/23 - Tecumseh Virtual Academy, MI - Parent Session

1/27/23 - Okaloosa County, FL - Counselor Training

2/3/23 - Polk County, FL - Flooded: Helping Students Manage Emotions at School - Faculty Training

2/10/23 - Huntsville, AL - Self-Care for Counselors

2/23/23 - Frisco, TX - Counselor Training

3/3/23 - Stanly County, NC -  Flooded: Helping Students Manage Emotions at School - Counselor Training

3/16/23 - Mill Valley, CA - North Bridge Academy - Faculty Training, Parent Training

7/20/23 - Daviess County, KY - Counselor Training

08/23/23 - El Paso, TX - Approaching Anxiety: How and When Educators can Intervene

9/13/23 - Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt Parent Series - Talking to Children about Tragic Events

9/29/23 - Fischers, IN - Counselor Training - Helping Students with Anxiety and Emotion Regulation

12/3/23 - Atlanta, GA - Temple Sanai - Parent Training - Building Resilience in Children

2022 WORKSHOPS

1/3 - Warren County Schools, TN - Flooded: A Brain-Based Guide to Help Children Manage Emotions

1/4 - Williamson County Public Schools, TN - Self-Care for Counselors

2/3 - Collierville Schools, TN - Parent Event

2/7 - Region 8 ESC - Mt. Pleasant, TX - Helping Students Manage Emotions

2/10 - Clarke County Schools - GA - Helping the Helper

2/18 - Hamilton Southeastern Schools - Approaching Anxiety & Emotion Regulation

2/23 - Fayette County Schools, KY - Approaching Anxiety: How and When Educators can Intervene

4/5 - Connecticut School Counselor Association - Keynote: Helping the Helper

4/21 - Germantown Municipal School District, TN - The Emotional Effects of Social Media - Parent Event

4/22 - Germantown Municipal School District, TN - Helping Students Regulate Emotions - Faculty Training

5/5, 06 - Hamilton Southeast Schools - Parent Event & Faculty Training

7/18 - Clint ISD, TX - Trauma and Anxiety Virtual Training

8/26 - El Paso, TX - Virtual Training

9/21 - Vanderbilt University - Tools for Parenting an Anxious Child

10/27 - Pace Academy - Atlanta, GA - Tools for Parenting an Anxious Child  - Parent Training

11/18 - MIT Learning and Brain Conference - Boston, MA - Flooded Brains: Helping Students with Anxiety and Emotional Regulation in the Classroom

2021 WORKSHOPS

1/4Dallas, TX ISD - Helping the Helper: Self Care for Counselors

1/5 - Franklin County, TN - Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation

1/29 - Cobb County, GA - Approaching Anxiety

1/30 - Nevada School Counseling Association - Keynote

2/2 - Irving, TX ISD - Helping the Helper: Self-Care for Counselors

2/5 - El Paso, TX - Helping the Helper: Self-Care for Counselors

2/25 - Duncanville, TX ISD - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques that Work

2/26 - Muscogee, GA - Approaching Anxiety

4/5 - MA School Counseling Conference - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques that Work

4/6- MA School Counseling Conference - Approaching Anxiety

9/23 - El Paso School District - Counseling Techniques and Regulation

09/26 - Atlanta ISD - Helping Students Regulate Emotions - Faculty Training

10/6 - ESC - Region 7 District - TX - Helping the Helper, Social Media, Approaching Anxiety

10/7 - University School Nashville - Anxiety in Kids: How Parents can Help

10/15 - Osceola County, FL - Flooded: Helping Children Manage Emotions

10/25 - Union County Public Schools, NC - Flooded: Helping Children Manage Emotions

10/27 - NC School Counselor Association - Keynote

11/18 - Wake County Schools - Virtual Series - Self-Care for Parents

12/9 - Stanly County Schools, NC - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques

2020 WORKSHOPS

1/6/20 - Emotion Regulation in Students: What Educators Need to Know- Columbia, TN

Keynote presentation for Maury County Schools Mental Health Summit

1/10/20 - Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation - Dallas, TX

Professional development workshop for Dallas Independent Schools.

1/23/20 - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What you Didn't Learn in Grad School - Myrtle Beach, SC

Pre-conference workshop for Palmetto State School Counselor Association

1/24/20 - Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation - Myrtle Beach, SC

Conference sessions for Palmetto State School Counselor Association

2/7/20 - Metro Nashville Public Schools

Professional Development Workshop

2/17/20 - 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn't Learn in Grad School - Franklin, TN

Professional development workshop for Williamson County Schools

2/25/20 - Why Smart Kids Worry - Nashville, TN

Parent Workshop - St. Bernard Academy

3/4/20 - Parenting an Anxious Child - Franklin, TN 

Parent Workshop - Battle Ground Academy

3/6/20 - Conference Keynote - Reno, NV

Nevada School Counseling Association

3/7/20 - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What you Didn't Learn in Grad School - Reno, NV

Nevada School Counselor Association

3/30/20 - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What you Didn't Learn in Grad School - Boston, MA 

Massachusetts School Counselor Association

3/31/20 - Approaching Anxiety (How and When!) Educators Should Intervene - Boston, MA 

Massachusetts School Counselor Association

4/4/20 - Anxiety and Learning Differences - Nashville, TN 

International Dyslexia Association

4/6/20 - Emotion Regulation in Kids - Brentwood, TN 

Parent Education for Edmondson Elementary

7/14/20 - The Power of Play - Parent Education Summer Series (Virtual Session)

Norwood School, Bethesda, MD

7/31/20 - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques - Virtual Session

Nashville Public Schools

8/3/20 - Anxiety in the time of COVID-19 - Virtual Session

Ravenwood High School

9/8 - 15 Minute Counseling Techniques that Work - Virtual Session

Baldwin County, AL

9/13/20 - Tennessee School Counselor Association

9/14/20 - Tennessee School Counselor Association

9/16/20 - 15-Minute Counseling Techniques: What You Didn't Learn in Grad School, Lexington, KY

Pre-Conference Session for Kentucky School Counselor Association

9/17/20 - Conference Keynote, Lexington, KY

Kentucky School Counselor Association

9/17/20 - Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation, Lexington, KY

Breakout session for Kentucky School Counselor Association

9/18/20 - Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation - Virtual

Dallas ISD School District

11/13 - Helping the Helper: Self-Care for Counselors

Fulton County, GA School District

11/4/20 - 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What you Didn't Learn in Grad School

North Carolina School Counselor Association

11/5/20 - Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation

North Carolina School Counselor Association

Breakout Sessions for the New Jersey School Counselor Association

11/8/20 - Lone Star State School Counselor Association, Frisco, TX

11/9/20 - Lone Star State School Counselor Association, Frisco, TX 

11/12 -15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What you Didn't Learn in Grad School

Professional Development - Bessimer City Schools, AL

11/16/20 - Conference Keynote, Lansing, MI

Michigan School Counselor Conference

11/17/20 - Approaching Anxiety: How (and When) Educators can Intervene

Breakout sessions for Michigan School Counselor Conference

11/19/20 - Conference Keynote, Indianapolis, IN 

Indiana School Counseling Association

12/2/20 - Approaching Anxiety in Schools

Fayette County KY School District

2019 WORKSHOPS

2/15/19 - Anxiety in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know and Do

Ensworth School - Nashville, TN

3/22/19 - Anxiety in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know and Do

Baldwin County Public Schools - Daphne, AL

4/6/19 - How Anxiety Affects Kids with Learning Differences

International Dyslexia Association -Nashville, TN

4/25/19 - Community Event - Anxiety Defined: How Professionals Work Together to Help Kids

Old Harding Pediatrics - Nashville, TN

5/10/19 - Helping Kids Manage Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Harding Academy - Nashville, TN

8/2/19 - Anxiety and Speech Issues: Understanding and Helping Kids

Vanderbilt University, Annual SLP Conference - Nashville, TN

9/22,23/2019 - How to Drain the Emotional Tank: 5-Minute Strategies to Help Kids Regulate Emotions

Tennessee School Counselor Institute - Murfreesboro, TN

10/16,17/2019 - Approaching Anxiety: How (and When!) Educators Should Intervene

Virginia School Counselor Conference - Norfolk, VA

11/3,4/2019 - 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn't Learn in Grad School

Texas School Counseling Conference - Dallas, TX

11/5/19 - Approaching Anxiety - How and When Educators Can Intervene

Fulton County Public Schools - Atlanta, GA

11/7/19 - Parenting the Anxious Child: Strategies for Taking Children from Debilitated to Empowered

Host: Scales Elementary - Brentwood, TN

11/13,14/2019 - The Anxious Kid at School - Strategies to Help Kids Manage Big Thoughts and Feelings

Host: North Carolina School Counseling Conference - Charlotte, NC

11/15,16/2019 - Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation

Host: Indiana School Counselor Conference - Indianapolis, IN

12/2/19 - 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn't Learn in Grad School

Host: Illinois School Counselor Conference - Collinsville, IL

2018 (AND PREVIOUS) WORKSHOPS

9/15/18 - Book Signing and Kids Yoga Event

Host: Sanctuary for Yoga - Nashville, TN

9/24/18 – Keynote: The Emotional Effects of Social Media on Kids

Host: Catholic Diocese – Nashville, TN

10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2 - 2019 - "Why Smart Kids Worry" Parent Series

Host: Ensworth School - Nashville, TN

11/1/18 - "Worry Says What?" Book Promotion and Talk

Host: Franklin Road Academy - Nashville, TN

11/8/18 - Anxiety in Kids

Host: University School - Nashville, TN

12/6/18 - A Deeper Look: How Anxiety Manifests in the Lives of Children

Host: University School - Nashville, TN

11/7/18 Parenting the Anxious Child

Host: Ensworth School – Nashville, TN

1/25/16 – Addressing Social and Emotional Issues of Gifted Students

Host: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District – Houston, TX

4/7/16 – Grief in Children – How it’s Portrayed in Novels and Beyond

Host: Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN

9/6/16– Tools for Helping Gifted Students in the Classroom

Host: Metropolitan Public Schools – Nashville, TN

11/12/16 – The Gifted Student: Why Anxiety is Present and How to Channel It

Host: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District – Houston, TX

1/18/15 – Tools for Helping Anxious Kids

Host: Woodmont Christian Church – Nashville, TN

1/24/15 – The Connection Between Intelligence and Anxiety

Host: Gifted Association of Missouri – Jefferson City, MO

2/5/15 – Techniques in Working With Anxious Children

Host: St. Louis Counselor Association – St. Louis, MO

2/28 – 3/1 - 2015 – Working with Anxious Students in the Classroom

Host: California Association for the Gifted – Palm Springs, CA

4/16 – 4/17 - 2015 – Smart Kids and Anxiety

Host: Grand Prairie Elementary School for the Gifted – Grand Prairie, TX

11/10/15 – Transgender Teens: What They Want and Need from Schools

Host: St. Andrew’s Sewanee School – Sewanee, TN

12/2 – 12/5 - 2015 – What Smart Kids Know

Host: Texas Gifted Association – San Antonio, TX

2/15/14 – Special Considerations in Working with Gifted Students

Host: Center for Gifted Students, Western Kentucky University

4/11/14 – Why Smart Kids Worry

Host: Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association (TLPCA) – Nashville, TN

7/18 -7/20  - 2014 – Anxiety in Gifted Students

Host: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) – San Jose, CA

9/25/14 – Techniques in Working with Anxious Children

Host: Independent School Counselor Association (ISCA) – Franklin Road Academy

11/6-11/7 – 2014 - Parenting a Gifted/Anxious Child

Teaching Gifted Students Who Worry

Debilitated to Empowered – A Presentation for Students

Host: Rhoades School, Encinitas, CA

12/3 – 12/5 - 2014 – Empowering Parents to Empower Their Kids

Host: Texas Gifted Association – Fort Worth, TX

10/11/13 – Nashville Psychotherapy Institute

10/29/13 – Currey Ingram Academy, Nashville, TN

11/1/13 – Sybill’s, St. James, MO

11/2/13  – Rolla Books, Rolla, MO

11/3 – 11/05 - 2013 – Missouri School Counselors Association