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Speaking Engagements

Our expert clinicians offer workshops, trainings, and keynote addresses on a number of relevant psychological topics.

Speaking Engagements

Drs. Aimee Kotrba and Bryce Hella are committed to offering affordable and relevent workshops and trainings on topics for children and adolescents. Common topics are listed below; however, Drs. Kotrba and Hella can customize a training or workshop on any topic related to mental health issues in childhood and adolescence. Allow us to provide expert training to your school, clinic, parent organization, or professional group!

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Aimee Kotrba

Dr. Aimee Kotrba is the owner and lead psychologist of Thriving Minds Behavioral Health, a pediatric psychology clinic dedicated to providing exceptional, research-based behavioral treatment for Selective Mutism and related anxiety issues. Dr. Kotrba is a nationally-known speaker on a number of topics in pediatric psychology, and has provided hundreds of trainings and workshops both nationally and internationally for schools, clinics, and organizations.

Bryce Hella

Dr. Bryce Hella is the Director at Thriving Minds Behavioral Health in Brighton. She is available to speak on a wide range of topics related to child and adolescent psychology including: assessment/evaluation, health psychology and the impact of psychological functioning on medical illnesses, anxiety, depression, self-harm, behavior problems, ADHD, parenting, and preschool-aged behavioral and emotional concerns.

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Marla Field

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Marla Field, MA, LLP is on staff at Thriving Minds in Chelsea and offers workshops that focus on building healthy relationships   Her additional clinical training includes completion of Level 3 of the Gottman Method for Couples as well leadership training for Gottman’s workshops – Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work and Bringing Baby Home.  Combining both personal and professional experience, Marla provides a safe and relaxed environment where couples learn skills that can fortify their marriage and lead to healthier, happier families.

Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is based on the research of Dr. John Gottman and equips couples to build a strong friendship and manage conflict in a way that strengthens the relationship.  This dynamic workshop includes lecture and video clips as well as break-out sessions providing couples a chance to privately discuss the material and practice skills.  Offered in a 4, 6, and 12 hour format, The Seven Principles is perfect for couples of all ages and stages; from those who are newly engaged to couples who have been together decades.

Bringing Baby Home is a fantastic workshop that is designed for couples who are making or have recently made the transition to parenthood. The best gift you can give your child is a strong relationship between partners. But, research shows that most couples experience a dip in their relationship satisfaction after baby is born.  The good news is that research also shows that there are specific ways to protect and grow the relationship.  Based on the work of marriage expert Dr. John Gottman, this workshop lays out what changes can be expected and equips couples to maneuver through this season of life while nurturing their marriage and family.  Bringing Baby Home is offered in a 3, 6, and 12 hour format. 


Common Workshops

Executive Functioning

Dr. Aimee Kotrba will provide suggestions on how to create an 'executive-functioning friendly environment' where kids are able to develop self-regulation skills, manage time, keep track of their belongings, and attend to their homework with less frustration. Participants will learn the deficits common in Executive Functioning difficulties and how to support children who struggle with these weaknesses.

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When to Worry about a Child’s Worries

What is the defining line between normal worries in children and anxiety? How do you help your child manage stress, anxiety, and worry? In this seminar, participants will learn practical strategies for building confidence and reducing anxiety in children.  

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ADHD - How to Identify and How to Help

ADHD can cause frustration in parents and schools alike, and can reduce the self-confidence of the smartest student. In this seminar, participants will discover simple, practical strategies that will assist the child with ADHD in attention, frustration tolerance, emotional regulation, and impulsivity.

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Social Anxiety in Teens

Social anxiety is the most common anxiety disorder in adolescents, and if left untreated, can lead to school refusal, low self-confidence, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts. Learn how to identify social anxiety and increase your teen’s ability to face social situations with confidence.

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Unlocking the Mystery of Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s ‘inability’ to speak in various social settings.  Early identification and intervention is key in the treatment of Selective Mutism and Social Phobia.  This workshop is based on scientifically-supported techniques of behavioral intervention led by Dr. Aimee Kotrba, Licensed Psychologist and expert in the field of Selective Mutism.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Protocol Training and Strategies for School-Based Professionals

With the growing rates of anxiety in child and adolescent populations, school personnel benefit greatly from understanding and using research-based techniques to help students reduce anxiety. Participants will grasp the basis of CBT, as well as develop strategies for use in their classrooms and therapy offices.


“As an SLP, I happily attended Dr. Kotrba’s conference and immediately began using her comfort ladder with a preschooler with SM. Within 2 weeks , another member of the team, our psychologist, asked me what had  I been doing in my treatment sessions. She reported that our student is using an appropriately loud voice in counseling sessions, instead of the usual whisper. I could see immediate progress with my student but was pleasantly surprised that he was quickly able to carry over his voice with other members of the team. I highly recommend this conference to anyone who wants to learn from a knowledgeable teacher about easy to use techniques to treat Selective Mutism.”

-Debra, B., School SLP

Whether it’s a one-day training, keynote, or break-out session, our experts at Thriving Minds can customize an engaging and informative talk for your group’s special needs.  Please contact us to schedule a workshop in your area.

Please contact Thriving Minds Behavioral Health to inquire about dates and costs.