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Virtual Spring Luncheon
The Scaffold Effect

Wednesday, May 19

12:00 PM EDT

With the ongoing stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever for children, teens and young adults to be emotionally resilient and flexible. But how can parents encourage their kids to cope with tough emotions, grow from their mistakes and seek out new challenges?


This year’s virtual Spring Luncheon featured Child Mind Institute President Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, and Ali Wentworth — actress, comedian, author, producer and mother — discussing the “scaffold parenting” theory at the heart of Dr. Koplewicz’s new book, The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety. Every dollar raised from this event supports the Child Mind Institute’s efforts to advance children’s mental health through clinical and community care, public education and scientific research.

Examples of how your gift can make a difference:

Provides financial aid for three children who would otherwise be unable to access care to receive a full course of treatment at the Child Mind Institute.

Allows the School and Community Programs team to develop and translate grief and COVID-19 recovery guides into 10 languages and to distribute the guides to 400 schools.

Provides a comprehensive mental health and learning evaluation for one child through our Healthy Brain Network study, including information required to request an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at school.

Supports the development of free, bilingual evidence-based resources on children’s mental health for educators and families.

Allows 10 teachers to participate in an educator stress management workshop.

Sponsors 12 students to attend a digital social emotional skill-building workshop.


A donation of any amount supports the life-changing work of the Child Mind Institute.



Christine Mack | Zibby Owens | Debra G. Perelman | Sara Weiner, PhD

Host Committee

Roxanne Bok | Desiree Gruber | Tania Higgins | Tammy Levine | Cia Buckley Marakovits | Lisa and Guy Metcalfe | Heather Ouida | Jil Schaps | Melanie and Adam Smith

as of 4/14/2021


Platinum Sponsor

For questions or to pay by check, wire, stock or your donor advised fund, contact Cristina Pantell at cristina.pantell@childmind.org or 646.646.625.