This year’s Cecily’s Advocacy Conference comes at an unprecedented time in our country. We and our children are experiencing a situation that we have never been faced with before. Each family will have a different experience–no two situations will look the same. However, there are certain topics that are relevant to everyone. This year, the first-ever virtual Conference will aim to help children and their families cope and adapt to these new circumstances, promoting psychological well-being so we can come out on top. Pulling from the research on resilience and adapting, we will address issues on how to help children process and grieve the changes and losses resulting from the pandemic, essential coping skills focusing on stress and emotional management, how to foster an internal locus of control and sense of gratitude, and how to have self-compassion. We will also address how to support your child by mirroring them effectively, ensuring quality time to connect and nurture their social needs safely. Finally, we will discuss anxiety, especially anxiety associated with the reopening, and specific strategies on how to treat it.

Coping with Confidence: How to Help You & Your Child Navigate Through This Time of Change & Come Out On Top

Bonnie Zucker, PsyD
Keynote Speaker

9:30-10:15 am

Dr. Bonnie Zucker is a licensed psychologist with a background and expertise in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She received her doctoral degree from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Baltimore, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from George Washington University. Dr. Zucker specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults and utilizes a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach. In addition to CBT, she integrates a family systems approach and works with parents to help them learn the most appropriate responses to their child’s anxiety disorder.

Dr. Zucker was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Therapists in the fields of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, OCD, Phobias, Troubled Child, and Troubled Adolescent in 2009. In addition to being active in conducting training on CBT for anxiety, Dr. Zucker wrote Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children (Prufrock Press), a two-in-one self-help book for children with anxiety disorders and their parents, Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids with OCD (Prufrock Press), a self-help book for children and teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Parenting Kids with OCD: A Guide to Understanding and Supporting your Child with OCD (Prufrock Press), a book for parents of children and teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death (Magination Press), a self-help book for children ages 2-3 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Dr. Zucker also has a free pamphlet on this topic that can be found on Amazon.


Bonnie Zucker, PsyD
10:20-11:05 am

Silvi Guerra, PsyD
11:15 am-12:00 pm