the Matter with Kids Today?
Dr. Marshall reviews the bad press and alarming statistics that have led
to the view that young people today are a lost generation. Refreshingly
though, he also offers ample evidence that they are far more capable of
meeting society's challenges than is often recognized. He also discusses
how specific approaches to parenting and education contribute to the positive
Work and Home:
Two Jobs - No Life?
We live in an era of 'superparents' who are committed to both their careers
and families. Balancing the demands of work and home, however, is no easy
task. Parents want to be successful in their careers, but do their children
lose out as a result? Dr. Marshall brings a practical, light-hearted approach
to this subject matter, focusing on ways to balance and establish priorities
so that all members of the family can emerge winners.
May You Live in Interesting Times.” The Quest for Survival and the Roots of Happiness
We live under the ever-present threat of global warming and environmental collapse. Psychology has much to offer in understanding how people react when confronted with crises and how they can overcome the obstacles to making the behavioural changes essential for their survival.
and Headed for Success
Contrary to what we often hear, there are many ways in which young people
today are more highly educated and better prepared for the challenges
of the working world than ever before. Dr. Marshall discusses how the
ever-expanding role of teachers has played a major role in creating these
positive but neglected trends.
From Socrates to Spock: Surviving the Child Care Experts
History has produced countless child-rearing experts - sometimes with suggestions we would now consider silly, even dangerous - but never have there been as many 'experts' as there are today. In this address, Dr. Marshall speaks to the need for responsibility and accountability among parenting 'professionals' - and the need for parents and educators to use their own best judgement.
Resilience: Surviving Adversity and Trauma
The belief that problems are starting points and opportunities, rather than insurmountable obstacles, lies at the heart of resilience. The research has encompassed many areas, such as poverty, chronic mental and physical illness, traumatic injury, separation and divorce, and learning disabilities. Resilience requires utilizing the many resources that lie within the individual, family and community
Welcome to Cyberspace! The Risks and Riches of the Internet
Just as we prepare young people for the real world, we need to equip them for cyberspace. The presentation covers both the dangers of the internet, such as sexual exploitation, addiction and cyber-bullying, and its benefits, including social networking and unparalleled access to information.
Theories, and the Realities of Education
Throughout history education has been influenced by fads and theories,
as well as by shifts in public opinion and political ideology. Dr. Marshall
uses examples from the past as an introduction to addressing the critical
issue that always faces those responsible for our school system - how
to evaluate fashions and trends and determine if the decisions being made
will enhance the quality of education.
Teaching responsibility through effective discipline and helping children
develop confidence and self-esteem are two of the most important tasks
facing parents. Dr. Marshall offers guidance and suggestions that parents
can apply with children of all ages.
Teenagers in Challenging Times
Addressing the many challenges that arise for both teenagers and their
parents, Dr. Marshall provides practical advice to help everyone approach
these difficult years with a sense of humour and a plan for success.
Sandwich Generation: The Challenge of Caring for Our Children and Our
The demographics are compelling--we can expect to spend more time caring for our elderly parents in some capacity than
we do caring for our children. Contrary to the popular myth, we do not typically abandon our aging parents or set
them adrift on ice-flows. Dr. Marshall discusses the challenges facing those in the middle of this 'sandwich' and discusses
topics ranging from understanding aging, dealing with the emotional impact of caring for those who once cared for us,
and practical approaches to planning.
Surviving Stepfamilies Without a Fairy Godmother
By the year 2000, one-third of all children will be raised in stepfamilies. Debunking the myths and negative stereotypes associated with the word 'step,' Dr. Marshall acknowledges the very real challenges facing stepfamilies and assists them in devising workable 'scripts' for family life.
The Final Journey: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Dr. Marshall’s personal account of his journey to Switzerland with a terminally ill friend provides the backdrop for his discussion of the complex and controversial issues surrounding assisted suicide and euthanasia.
with the Learning Disabled Student
The term 'learning disability' is far from adequate. While it identifies
that the student has areas of learning difficulty, it fails to acknowledge
that, by definition, strengths are also present. Dr. Marshall has worked
extensively with learning disabled children and adults. His work has focused
on helping students understand their learning style in a way that is both
realistic and gives them an awareness of their abilities. He discusses
remedial strategies, as well as ways of accommodating learning disabilities,
including assistive technology.
Mental-Health Professional Disorder: No Laughing Matter?
According to Dr. Marshall's ground-breaking discovery, mental health professionals
commonly suffer from an insecure self-identity and unresolved childhood
conflicts: in lay terms, an inability to laugh at themselves. Dr. Marshall
has named this syndrome Mental-Health Professional (MPD), but does concede
it has absolutely no scientific merit and has been rejected by every reputable
Spousal Violence: Impact, Causes, and Intervention
Spousal violence is a prevalent problem in our society and has far-reaching
effects on all members of the family. Identifying the causes and presenting
the research, Dr. Marshall goes on to discuss the short- and long-term
impact from the child's position as observer and outlines a multidisciplinary
approach to intervention.