Glenbard Parent Series to host psychologist on ‘The School of Hard Talks’

The Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families will present “The School of Hard Talks: Motivational Interviewing for Better Conversations and More Rewarding Relationships with Your Kids” with clinical psychologist Emily Kline at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, via Zoom.

Kline will share a communication style called motivational interviewing that anyone can use to bring about positive change and make hard talks easier. Motivational interviewing offers a toolbox of skills for eliminating destructive power struggles and building partnership.

Her research-based tips will help adults talk to young people about any topic in a way that is warm and productive and nurtures a relationship founded on mutual respect. Discover the motives behind teenage behavior and begin to subdue the “advice righting reflex” so adolescents learn to navigate dilemmas and create positive change on their own.

Go to for further information and the links to these webinars. To be placed on a reminder list for GPS events or submit a question in advance, contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at or (630) 942-7668.

Continuing professional development units are available for these webinars.

Kline is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She is the director of Psychological Services for Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis and leads the Motivational Interviewing for Loved Ones lab. Kline also is the author of “The School of Hard Talks: How to Have Real Conversations with Your (Almost Grown) Kids.”

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, Duly Health and Care, DuPage Regional Office of Education, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Kids Matter, Kiwanis Clubs, Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department, and Webb-Hutter Family Fund of DuPage Foundation.

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