Main Menu

Through a generous grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, and other community partners, LOGOS School is proud to present a robust and engaging speakers series of regionally and nationally recognized presenters who will address the most pertinent and challenging situations of current times pertaining to youth. This speakers series will provide parents, educators and the community with tools available to help adolescents work through issues they struggle with daily. This information will help destigmatize mental health issues to put all students on equal footing and a path to success. 

Through these sessions we plan to:

  • Give parents, educators, therapists and community members access to programs that will inform, teach and support them to help navigate the uncertain times adolescents are experiencing.
  • Destigmatize mental health issues and other common struggles adolescents are dealing with today.
  • Ensure adolescents and their families have the tools and skills necessary to manage and overcome mental health issues, stay in school, graduate and become productive members of the community.

All sessions are free of charge for anyone in the community who would like to learn more about these important topics.

Yellow Keyline

2021-2022 Speakers

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Getting Ready to Be Ready: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Students through a Trauma-Informed Lens

LOGOS Therapeutic School Speaker Series - Heather Forbes

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, discusses how COVID-19 has impacted students and how administrators, teachers and parents can prepare to deal with the trauma some adolescents will experience as they return to the classroom this fall.

Register today to join this blended training program, with both live and on-demand content. It will offer a fresh perspective with loving but scientifically-based options for helping students impacted by trauma. Techniques will be discussed and demonstrated to ensure that all students are given the support they need and a level playing ground to reach their full academic potential.

Your registration also includes a complimentary 60-day subscription to the Trauma-Informed Online Academy, a comprehensive professional development program providing even more information, tools and strategies to help trauma impacted students. 

Registration is now closed for this event.


9:00-10:15:  Live session with Heather T. Forbes (Zoom) "Getting Ready to Be Ready: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Students" 

10:15-3:00:  Breakout sessions from the Trauma-Informed Online Academy. You will be able to choose one session from below. (Please note sessions run approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.)

Session 1: ACES and Trauma Awareness

Explore adverse childhood experiences and learn why trauma has such a profound impact on the brain and relationships.

Session 2: Dysregulation

Learn what drives negative behavior and how to reframe it as a state of regulation or dysregulation.

Session 3: Scenarios (Choose Between Elementary or Secondary)

Watch teachers and students during common classroom scenarios and analyze what to do and what not to do when things start to escalate.

Session 4: Communicating and Connecting

Apply the language of trauma and shift your communication strategies to validate, empathize, connect and help students when they become dysregulated.

3:00-4:00:    Live session with Forbes, Q&A  (Zoom) "Bringing it All Together"

Yellow Keyline

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. (for Educational Administrators)

Stand Tall Through it All: Setting the tone to Address Mental Health for Students 

Steve Bollar aka Stand Tall Steve, discusses how to create the best possible environment at your school. Strong leadership skills are essential for making better decisions, maintaining your focus and priority, and maximizing outcomes with students, staff, parents, and the entire community.

Designed for Educational Administrators and Leaders this workshop will help you overcome challenges in your school, manage effectively, inspire your staff, build strong relationships, communicate clearly, and much more. Register today to learn principles and techniques to strengthen your leadership skills and assist you in developing effective leaders within your school. The first 150 people to register will receive a copy of Steve's e-book, "Stand Tall Leadership".

Registration is now closed for this event.

Yellow Keyline

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

I Am Because of You: Reaching the Hard to Reach

Dr. Adolph Brown, III offers a uniquely inspiring, relevant and entertaining presentation about how educators influence the adult success of every student. Dr. Brown dives deep into understanding structural inequities, dismantling the foundations upon which they're built and how we can reach every student.  

While geared toward educators, all are welcome at this workshop where you will learn how to make room for all students in your wheelbarrow. Register today to learn techniques and strategies to open your mind and rethink your approach to reach your students. If you want to learn more, Dr. Brown is the author of acclaimed books, including the international mental wellness best seller, "Two Backpacks" as well as the education classic "Real Talk".


Yellow Keyline

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

ACE's: Reverse the Adverse 

Nicole Thompson Ed. S provides a space for educators to reflect on their own personal bias, and how it may interfere with the entire learning process. She also teaches about trauma, how it manifests in school, and provides a practical proven approach that uses functional strategies to transform classrooms from places of discipline to that of learning and thriving.

This workshop is designed for educators who struggle to motivate students to learn, lose instruction time due to problem behaviors, and want to improve student/teacher relationships which ultimately improves student performance, teacher satisfaction and overall morale. Register today to learn a step-by-step approach to develop a healthy daily self-care routine to prevent overwhelm and burnout. Given such, educators can effectively educate, engage, empower, and instill hope in vulnerable students, thus changing projected negative outcomes. 

                                                 Registration is now closed for this event.

Yellow Keyline

Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

Peter Earley delivers a fascinating discussion on navigating the mental health system in America. Earley shares his personal struggle to help his adult son after he develops a severe mental illness and is arrested.

Earley is best-known for his nonfiction book, "CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness", one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared five times before the U.S. Congress to testify about the need for mental health reform, has spoken in 49 states and addressed legislators in six  foreign countries. Earley is a mental health warrior and empowers others to do the same.  This workshop is for anyone who has helped a loved one struggling with mental illness. Register today to learn more about the mental health system in America and the need for reform.

Registration is now closed for this event.

Yellow Keyline

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Transforming Stigma: How to become a Mental Wellness Superhero 

Mike Veny offers a compelling professional development keynote presentation that provides solutions to improve the lives of people struggling with mental health challenges. Veny understands firsthand the uphill battle with mental health challenges and realizes the biggest obstacle is overcoming the stigma.  

This workshop is designed for everyone, whether you or loved ones are struggling with mental health. Mike will break down what it means to be caught in the never-ending Stigma Cycle. This presentation offers hope and tools to help anyone transform stigma. Veny is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. His company’s mission is to help people heal emotional pain and discover meaning through simple ideas that empower wellness and healthy relationships. Register today to take this important first step to help you or a loved one. 

                         Registration is now closed for this event.


Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 6:30 P.M. - 7:45 P.M.

Every Educator is a Chief Empathy Officer! 

Dr. Thomas Hoerr offers a unique presentation on  ways to invest in students, colleagues, and ourselves to create a school culture that is welcoming, conducive to managing everyday levels of stress and angst, and supportive of students. Educators do powerful work to support students. We knew that social-emotional learning is one of the key components of success for education and for life, and COVID has made this even more apparent.

While geared toward educators, this workshop is open to everyone. Now more than ever, educators need tools to help our students who are struggling emotionally. This presentation is designed to give you some valuable tools. Dr. Hoerr led schools for 37 years and is currently a Scholar In Residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, teaching in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. His newest book, The Principal As Chief Empathy Officer: Creating A Culture Where Everyone Grows, shows the role of empathy in relationships in leadership. 

                         Registration is now closed for this event.