“Her audience interactions are concise, empathetic and heartfelt.” Review by Avram M Cooperman MD Co- Director the Pancreas and Biliary Center of New York Prof Surgery Mt. Sinai Hospital


Avram Cooperman, Co-director of the Pancreas and Biliary Center of New York Prof. Surgery Mt. Sinai Hospital provides glowing keynote review


I have heard Joan E. Childs, LCSW and Keynote Inspirational Speaker, lecture at professional meetings, to students and to community groups for 5 years. She is clear, inspirational, in touch with her audience and on point. Her large and long clinical experience, personal events and clinical research have honed her views and message on a variety of personal and family issues. Her audience interactions are concise, empathetic and heartfelt.

Avram M Cooperman MD Co- Director the Pancreas and Biliary Center of New York Prof Surgery Mt. Sinai Hospital 


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Dr. Avram Cooperman is a surgeon in New York, New York and is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 69 doctors at Beth Israel Medical Center who specialize in Surgery.


Joan E. Childs, LCSW, Keynote Inspirational Speaker – “outstanding therapist” Review by Stan Cohen, Executive Vice Dean of the Health Professions Division, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Stan Cohen

Dr. Stan Cohen provides outstanding review!


I have known Joan Childs for more than thirty years as an outstanding therapist, and I am very familiar with her work.  Not only has she been an inspiration to our family, but she has touched the hearts of hundreds of our students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University with her inspirational talks. She really cares about people and her verbal statements are precious. She is indeed a “rare bird”.

Stan Cohen

Executive Vice Dean of the Health Professions Division

Nova Southeastern University


NSU Medical School Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award provided by NSU in the News

Stanley R. Cohen Ed.D., professor of humanities at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, recently served as program chairman for the national convention of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME) held in Newport, Rhode Island.

Cohen, who also serves as executive vice dean for educational support at NSU’s Health Professions Division, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his devoted service working to improve the lives of students.

Nova Southeastern University Overview

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At Nova Southeastern University, our approach to education has always been innovative and unique. We don’t fit easily within the standard niche – because neither do you.

We are traditional, but we’re also young, bold and forward thinking. Our private, undergraduate college offers a personal, nurturing atmosphere, but we’re also an exciting university with a wide variety of graduate and professional degrees.

Established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1964 as a small college with some revolutionary ideas, NSU was originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology and chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. We have approximately 26,000 students, 170,000 alumni, a sprawling, 314-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus and a presence throughout Florida, the U.S. and nine countries around the world. Through five decades of explosive growth, our reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish.

NSU offers a vast number of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees through our 16 colleges in the fields of Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering and Computing, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Psychology, and Natural Sciences and Oceanography.

NSU Highlights

NSU scientists are using more than $82 million in externally provided funding for exciting interdisciplinary research projects to make discoveries and produce new knowledge in health care, biotechnology, life sciences, environment and social sciences.
NSU has 17 intercollegiate athletic teams, including a women’s golf team that won their fourth consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship, and a men’s team that won their first title in 2012. NSU’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams captured the Sunshine State Conference title in 2012.
Our Health Care Centers provide medical, dental, and psychological care to thousands of South Florida residents.
NSU also brings cultural enrichment to the community through NSU’s Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; the Miniaci Performing Arts Center; public access to the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center; and academic programs in the performing and visual arts.


Keynote Inspirational Speaker – Colleague Review by Elahe Mehrel EcCT

Elahe Mehrel ECCT

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to get to know Joan Childs ” Elahe Mehrel ECCT


It  has been a pleasure and an honor to get to know Joan  Childs as a colleague. Being exposed to her lectures,  I have  benefited from the fountain of wisdom that she  so generously shares . 

Life has taught her well and she has been able to put the lessons to excellent use and share them in her unique way . She never ceases to amaze me.  Her teachings can and have changed lives for the better. May she continue to bring her light to more places.
Elahe Mehrel 
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Elahe Mehrel:
Elahe founded the Art of Parenting after 24 years of guiding families in conflict to consciously communicate. Elahe is certified by International Living Values Program, STEP, Guardian Ad Leitem, Conscious Discipline, and EcCT (Encountered centered Couple’s Therapy), created by Hedy Schleifer Lmhc. Elahe’s integrated method of training couples, parents and teachers, using the 3 invisible connectors is designed to guide the participants to become 100% engaged in their own generative growth. Experiencing the unique rituals of EcCT, will enable us to build and travel the highway between heart and brain, to connect and to encounter each other.

Keynote Inspirational Speaker – “Compelling Story” Review by Kathy Kaether


“Joan grabs her audience with her compelling story of a great family struck in the heart by her daughters’ suicide” Kathy Kaether


Joan grabs her audience with her compelling story of a great family struck in the heart by her daughters’ suicide. Joan’s passion for helping families to understand mental illness really shows. We learned that no matter what we do, the risk of losing a child with mental illness is an ever-present danger.

Kathy Kaether


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