How to Respond to Mental Health Issues

Employees, students of all ages, parents, staff, today HOS’s find themselves facing signifcant challenges in how to respond to others struggling with mental health issues…. and that wasn’t in your job description or in any training!

Keith McCurdy will provide simple, effective principles that will allow you to direct others to proper resources while helping you to understand and compassionate provide appropriate boundaries.

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education. He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons”, ""BaseCamp Live"", and ""Crosspolitic"" podcasts respectively, discussing topics related to raising sturdy kids. A significant part of his work has been helping parents understand the needed benefit of allowing their children to struggle to learn to do hard things. Keith is an avid outdoorsman and is actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and coaching high school basketball. He and his wife Lynnie have been married for 26 years and have two children.

Principles to Apply to Difficult Conversations to Ensure the Best Outcome

On any given day, a HOS faces countless difficult conversations. Whether with students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, board, etc., at any moment yet another challenge for how to negotiate conversations that can spiral out of control or feel as though no positive resolution has occurred. Keith McCurdy will provide sound, time tested principles that can be applied to any difficult conversation given it the best chance for a positive outcome!

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education. He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons”, ""BaseCamp Live"", and ""Crosspolitic"" podcasts respectively, discussing topics related to raising sturdy kids. A significant part of his work has been helping parents understand the needed benefit of allowing their children to struggle to learn to do hard things. Keith is an avid outdoorsman and is actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and coaching high school basketball. He and his wife Lynnie have been married for 26 years and have two children.

Soul Care for You & Your Team

Wrestling with anxiety is a common human experience in a broken world. February can feel like the doldrums and with the extra demands Covid places on our schools and on our people, figuring out how to properly care for others and ourselves can be a challenge. Join licensed counselor and family and marriage therapist, Keith McCurdy as he offers wisdom on how to care for our souls during timing times.

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc. He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA.

Q&A Patio with Keith McCurdy

Keith McCurdy with his years of experience and expertise will field questions from participants via Zoom. You will not want to miss this follow up to Keith’s Live Main Stage session the 2020 Fall Regional Retreat.

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students.

For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to businesses, churches, and schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education.

He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons," "BaseCamp Live," and "Crosspolitic" podcasts respectively.

Leading and Caring for Yourself and Your Team

Running a school in 2020 can feel like signing up to run a marathon and then being informed during mile 25 of 26 that one is only half way done! School has started back but leaders are dealing with anything but normal. The ongoing demands and expectations placed on those who lead is unprecedented. Keith offers proven best practices for wisely leading without burning out and having reserves for your school team and your family.

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students.

For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to businesses, churches, and schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education.

He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons," "BaseCamp Live," and "Crosspolitic" podcasts respectively.

Wisdom to Guide Families into an Uncertain Start to School

Perspective on how to deal with parents when their children struggle and need encouragement…..and how to engage a nervous confused parent population about a “new” return to school.

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to businesses, churches, and schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education. He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons," "BaseCamp Live," and "Crosspolitic" podcasts respectively.

Raising Sturdy Kids

This session will provide valuable insight into current cultural and psychological dynamics that impact our students, their families and our ability to engage them. Where are we now and how did we get here? (From helicopters to snowplow parents) What has the influence of psychological thinking led to with our current view of parenting? How do we recover and then implement principles that will lead to a healthy development of Maturity? 

We will focus primarily on the “current state of affairs” of current families with the realities that most children are more fragile and have great difficulty dealing with normal rigors of life as compared to previous generations, and that most parents operate as if they need permission to effectively parent their children.

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to businesses, churches, and schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education. He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons," "BaseCamp Live," and "Crosspolitic" podcasts respectively.

Where Have All of the Parents Gone?

Do you have parents who seem to need permission to parent? Are your students overwhelmed by technology or unable to properly respond to appropriate expectations? Are you an administrator who needs to understand, serve, respond and oversee it all? Join us for a session to gain valuable context, lessen stress, open lines of communication, bring understanding and help teachers and administrators be better prepared to do their jobs.

Keith McCurdy

Keith McCurdy has worked with families, children, parents and individuals for over 30 years in the eld of mental health, working with more than 12,000 individuals and families. He received his master’s and education specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Keith provides counseling and consulting services, as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers Raising Sturdy Kids parenting retreats to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children. He has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. For many years, Keith has been a consultant and speaker to schools both within and outside of the world of classical education. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a classical Christian school in Roanoke, Virginia. Keith is a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting and marriage. He has also been featured twice on the CiRCE Institute’s podcast The Commons to discuss raising sturdy kids. His primary focus is helping others better understand how a Christian worldview — not psychology — should be the primary in uence in parenting and relationships today. A signi cant part of his work has been helping parents understand the bene t of allowing their children to struggle and do hard things. Keith is an avid outdoorsman, is actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and coaches high school basketball. He and his wife, Lynnie, have been married for 24 years.

Where Have All The Parents Gone?

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to businesses, churches, and schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education. He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons," "BaseCamp Live," and "Crosspolitic" podcasts respectively.

Why the Good Life Sometimes Seems Hard to Find

Ever find yourself wondering who is parenting whom as you interact with families? Does what you experience give you pause as parents (and students) pressure you to make allowances for irresponsibility? This session provides insight into the impact current parenting has, directly on your students and indirectly on you and your entire school. With over 26 years in the mental health field and working with more than 12,000 families, Keith can give you a helpful understanding of the waters in which you find yourself swimming.

Keith McCurdy

Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for more than 26 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 12,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of seminars and workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct parenting paradigm with their children. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith is a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. His primary focus is helping others be er understand how a Christian worldview, not psychology, should be the primary in uence in parenting and relationships today. A signi cant part of his work has been helping parents understand the needed bene ts of allowing their children to struggle and learn to do hard things. Keith is an avid outdoorsman and is actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and coaching high school basketball. He and his wife, Lynnie, have been married for 21 years and enjoy raising their two teenagers.