Workshops and Presentations

The heart of Dr. Thompson’s work is lecturing to parents, teachers and students about the development of boys, the social lives of both boys and girls, the parent-teacher dynamic, school culture, how to raise responsible children, and the psychological journey of children through school.

He travels about eighty days per year to make keynote presentations at conferences, to run professional development days for teachers, to consult to schools or to speak to parents. He has visited more than five hundred schools in the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, Asia and Australia and has been a keynote speaker for the National Association of Independent Schools, the International Confederation of Principals, the European Council of International Schools, The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Near East/South Asia Council of International Schools

For additional information, see a sample day with Dr. Thompson or refer to a description of workshop topics. To schedule a workshop, contact Elizabeth Diggins — Administrative Assistant to Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

  • The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life

    "The Pressured Child" is, in fact, a presentation for "pressured parents" who have forgotten what school is actually like. It is a talk for parents who are gripped by worries and misapprehensions about their children’s life in school.


  • Understanding Families and Dealing with Difficult Parents

    Ninety-five percent of parents are loving and concerned people who only want their child to be known, understood and well taught. Although they may become anxious or angry at times, teachers should ready to handle parental concerns…


  • How to Raise Responsible Children

    Dr. Thompson mixes anecdote and clinical experience with research on the outcomes of different parenting styles and comes up with a warm-hearted recipe for providing children with an internal foundation for moral behavior. Early in life every child needs a “secure base;” later a child needs…


  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys

    "What’s the matter with my son?" "Why is he an underachiever in school?" "Why are boys so violent?" "Why won’t boys talk to adults?" Educators and parents in the United States are engaged in an important debate …