Dr. Mark Katz spoke at our Annual Public Policy Breakfast on Thursday, March 15. Dr. James McGuirk, our Executive Director and CEO, introduced me to Dr. Katz’s work more than 20 years ago and his book, Playing a Poor Hand Well, has informed my work and many others in this region. Anyone who has been trained or worked in the Astor organization has been well-schooled in the resilience mindset and strength-based approach to working with children and families.
I recently had the honor of being a featured speaker at the Alliance for Children and Families’ annual Leadership Conference held in New Orleans this February. Astor was highlighted in my presentation, “Authentic Care for Staff in Times of Chaos: A Resiliency Approach”.
What was it about the 9th Annual Astor Public Policy Breakfast that kept people thoroughly engaged during Dr. Mark Katz’s (all too brief) presentation, Children Who Fail at School But Succeed at Life?
The secret sauce for this great event – an affinity for Dr. Katz; a real life story that engaged the audience; a touch of humor and a positive spin on a subject we all can relate to. And we wanted more! That is why people are still talking about the 2012 Astor Public Policy breakfast.
On Thursday, March 15th Dr. Mark Katz, a clinical and consulting psychologist in San Diego, CA and author of On Playing a Poor Hand Well will be the keynote speaker at the Public Policy Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Co-sponsored with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, this yearly event distinguishes itself by bringing together our community – from every sector – listening, learning and participating in the discussion about issues that impact someone in the circle of our lives.
The Public Policy breakfast is an opportunity for us to learn about the resources being made available to our children, now and for their future. Please join us on Thursday, March 15 to support Astor Services and the work they do, dedicated to the philosophy that every child deserves a childhood!
We are excited to be launching the new Astor Blog. In this short video, I’d like to introduce you to the blog and some of our bloggers, and give you an idea of what you can expect in the coming months.
This 5 min. video also contains a short introduction to Astor Services For Children & Families and the services we provide.