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 Export to Your Calendar 4/20/2020 to 4/21/2020
When: April 20-21, 2020
Monday, 3:00pm-8:00pm; Tuesday, 8:30am-3:30pm
Where: Marist School
3790 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30319
United States

Online registration is available until: 4/17/2020
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CSEE Members 
First registrant: $275
Additional registrants from same school: $250

First registrant: $450
Additional registrants from same school: $425


Evening Parent Presentation
Michael Reichert, Ph.D., will also be giving an evening presentation for parents: Boyhood for the 21st Century.


Target Audience

This event is for faculty and administration wanting to be more intentional about how they educate boys. This event is for educators in both all boys and co-ed schools, and will be middle and upper school focused.




Day 1: Michael Reichert, Ph.D. 

A Relational Approach to Engaging Boys

The new field of interpersonal neuroscience confirms that all children, including boys, are “wired to connect.” Global studies of thousands of boys and their teachers found not only that boys were “relational learners,” but that even the most hardened resistance could be transformed by an effective relational approach. Indeed, to engage a boy in a learning partnership, the teacher or coach must first connect with him.

Based upon his research and ongoing work with schools interested in becoming “relational schools,” Michael Reichert will offer a workshop featuring these components:

  • An overall presentation on insights from his research with over 3,000 boys and 2,000 of their teachers in 50 schools in 6 different countries, identifying effective teaching practices with boys;
  • A more focused presentation on the effective and ineffective relational strategies identified in his research;
  • An introduction to a collaborative and reflective exercise that can help teachers/coaches “reset” when they have become stuck in a relationship with a student.

Plan for the Afternoon/Evening

3:00 Presentation
4:30 Break
4:45 Reflective Relational Practice
5:30 Small Group Exercise
6:30 Dinner
7:15 Debrief/ Q & A
8:00 Closing


Michael Reichert, Ph.D. is an applied and research psychologist who has immersed himself in clinical, research, and consultation experiences that have afforded a deep understanding of the conditions that allow a child to flourish in natural contexts: families, schools, and communities. He has created and run programs in both inner city communities and in some of the most affluent suburban communities in the world. His timely work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and on CBS News. He is author of numerous articles and several books, including Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Lessons About What Works--and Why; I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners; and a book for parents,
How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men.

For ten years he helped to create and led an intervention for high-risk youth in the tri-state region around Philadelphia. The program raised over $4 million in grants and was named a “promising practice” for reducing youth violence by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He continues to lead The Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, which trains high school students in research methods to explore pressing questions about relationships and identity.

His work with the Center led to a request by the International Boys’ Schools Coalition to conduct a series of global studies on effective practices in boys’ education. As part of these studies, he traveled and met with boys, educators, and parents throughout Africa, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and in many states in the U.S. He has led workshops and consulted to hundreds of schools of all types.

Since 1984, Dr. Reichert has maintained a clinical practice outside Philadelphia, PA., specializing in work with boys, men and their families. In addition to direct patient care, he has served as the supervising psychologist at an independent boys’ school and has had the opportunity there to create and lead a program designed to enhance boys’ emotional literacy.

Day 2: Barbara Van Drie, M.S., LPC-S

Teaching a Vision of Good Men and Healthy Connection: How?

The second day will focus on how to teach boys and young men on their path to becoming good men. A broad scope and sequence will be outlined that addresses teaching mind: concepts, heart: journaling, and hands: service and leadership for a grade 1-12 portfolio. More fully detailed will be a specific course on healthy masculinity and healthy connection. This two-week course is designed to teach young men about healthy relationships by understanding healthy connection in the broader context of understanding gender. Participants will learn both the underlying research, so it can be customized to your environment, and the practical application with student examples. The course covers the following four objectives.

1. Make gender visible and foster curiosity

2. Understand gender stereotypes and role conflicts

3. Understand healthy and unhealthy intimate/romantic relationships

4. Understand gender socialization and conditioning

Plan for the Day

8:30 – 9:30     Introduction and Overview of Path to Manhood
9:30 – 12        Healthy Masculinity/Healthy Connection – Gender visibility, Gender stereotypes and role conflicts, Healthy & Unhealthy relationships.
12 – 12:45      Lunch
12:45 – 3:00   Healthy Masculinity/Healthy Connection – Understanding gender socialization and conditioning, The Future
3:00 – 3:30     Sharing concluding reflections



Barbara Van Drie is an experienced therapist providing over 20 years of care and consultation. She has served as the Director of Counseling in an independent college-preparatory boys’ school for the past 20 years. Her graduate training is in Clinical Psychology and she is a licensed professional counselor at the supervisory level. Twenty years in the independent school world taught her the importance of the bond between child and parent, the vulnerability and strength of adolescent boys, and the connection between the boy and the man. Her experience and training in male development imparts a unique perspective for working with boys and men across the lifespan. She is a results-oriented therapist, who has the ability to communicate effectively and empathically while providing a supportive and safe therapeutic environment.

Particular areas of interest include attachment theory, romantic relationships and sexuality, identity development, in particular, how gender, race, and social class interact, development of moral reasoning, changes throughout the lifespan, and cultural trends. Specific areas of expertise include working with individuals with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Professional trainings include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Trauma Treatment with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, and ongoing participation in a multi-disciplinary training community with Esther Perel.



Dinner will be served on Monday, coffee Tuesday morning, and lunch Tuesday afternoon.


Travel / Accommodations

CSEE has a room block at The Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Perimeter Center for the rate of $129 per night. Please call 1-800-HILTONS and let the reservation agent know that you are affiliated with the CSEE Educating Good Men event group. The block ends 3/20/20.


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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