We are proud to launch GDST Talks, our series of online seminars for GDST parents and alumnae.
The GDST Talks seminars will be led by distinguished experts who will share their experience and advice on the pressing issues of the day. For our first three events, our featured speakers will focus on strategies for helping your child understand Covid 19 and how to support their mental health; how to speak to your child about racism; and reassuring your child when the world feels like a frightening and unpredictable place.
By hosting the talks online, we are excited to reach more parents and alumnae than ever before from across our GDST family and we are very proud to be presenting some truly impressive and accomplished speakers.
Our first speaker on Thursday 26th November is Dr Deborah Woodman who will be speaking on ‘Helping your child understand Covid 19: how to support their mental health and development in a world post-Covid.’
Dr Woodman is consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Psychology at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’. She will be talking about the impact that lockdown and its ongoing uncertainties have had on young people’s mental health and development. So much of the normal, healthy adolescent experience relies on interaction and dealing with challenges in person: how does this translate into a socially distanced and primarily online experience? Dr Woodman will be sharing her expertise, and offering advice for parents around how to best support their child, as well as sharing ideas on how they, too, can cope with the difficulties of being a parent during a pandemic.
GDST Talks with Dr Deborah Woodman: Helping your child understand Covid-19 and how to support their mental health and development in a world post Covid takes place on Thursday 26th November at 6pm via Zoom.
This event is suitable for parents with children in Year 7 to Year 13.
On 2nd December, we welcome Dr Marisa Porges author of What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women (Viking Press, 2020). Dr Porges is a leading voice on gender, education and leadership, thanks in part to her previous work as one of only a few women in the field of counterterrorism and national security. Previously a senior policy advisor in the Obama White House, she is currently Head of School at The Baldwin School, an all-girls school outside of Philadelphia, which shares the GDST’s ethos of personal excellence and preparing girls to be leaders and changemakers.
GDST Talks with Dr Marisa Porges: How to Raise Bold, Courageous and Resilient Women takes place on Wednesday 2nd December at 7pm.
This event is suitable for parents with children in Years 3 to 13
Our third event on Thursday, 10th December is with Destine Lord, an anti-racism consultant who will be presenting on How To Speak to Your Child about Racism. Destine is currently working with GDST teachers and students and her talk ties in with GDST Undivided, our commitment to diversity, inclusion and real change. Based in Canada, Destine has worked for the last 10 years in both the private and public sectors, running workshops and training sessions to encourage innovative approaches to racial inclusion. As a Black Canadian woman, Destine can draw on her own experiences as a teaching tool for connecting with young women.
GDST Talks with Destine Lord: How to speak to your child about racism takes place on Thursday 10th December at 6pm via Zoom.
This event is suitable for parents with children in Year 7 to Year 13
On Thursday, 14th January, we will welcome child psychologist Professor Abi Gewirtz to the GDST Talks series. Professor Gewirtz, a South Hampstead High School Alumna, is Leadership Faculty Chair of the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychology. She has consulted with many national and international organizations on parenting including the U.S Congress and UNICEF. She will be talking about her new book, When the World Feels Like A Scary Place, and offering advice to parents on how to help their children deal with their worries caused by the many problems in the world from refugees to climate change.
GDST Talks with Professor Abi Gewirtz: reassuring your child when the world feels like a frightening and unpredictable place will take place on Thursday 14th January at 6pm via Zoom.
This event is suitable for parents with children in Year 3 to Year 13
For details on how to book tickets for these events, please contact your child’s school.