Child Mind Institute 2019 Spring Luncheon

Wednesday, May 22

Raising Kinder Kids

583 Park Avenue, NYC

Care: Provides financial aid so that 20 children can receive a full course of treatment at the Child Mind Institute


Travel: Allows 15 children otherwise unable to attend our summer programs to travel to New York City to participate


Aid: Enables five children to combat behavioral, learning and social issues at our four-week Summer Program


Excursion: Provides bus transportation so that 40 children can visit safe community spaces to practice their social skills


Group Treatment: Makes it possible for two children to undergo a full week of social anxiety peer treatment


Prizes: Provides prizes for 100 children as they reach their treatment goals



Christine Mack | Zibby Owens Debra G. Perelman


Roxanne Bok | Ellen Cohen | Elizabeth Quarta DePaolo | Desiree Gruber | Jennifer Harris | Tania Higgins | Tammy Levine | Julie Minskoff | Heather Ouida | Eileen Riano | Jil Schaps | Sara Weiner, PhD

As of 3/15/19

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

583 Park Avenue, NYC

12:00pm Reception
12:30pm Lunch & Panel Discussion

Raising Kinder Kids

What does it mean to “be kind” and how is it different from simply being nice? This panel discussion will explore how the concept of kindness is relevant for the 21st century, examining empathy, respect and gratitude, and how we can instill these principles in our children. At a time when teenagers are stressed, anxiety is on the rise, and young women compare themselves unfavorably to the “perfect” images they see on Instagram, how can we teach kids to be kind to themselves? Angela Santomero will share insights from her Spring 2019 book, Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving, and Rachel Busman, PsyD, will bring clinical expertise on the importance of kindness for healthy development. Panelists will share strategies and discuss what teaching empathy and gratitude really looks like from a young age, and how it’s more important than ever in a world of digital communication.

Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP

Senior Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute

Angela Santomero

Creator and executive producer for Blue’s Clues and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Chief Creative Officer at 9 Story Media Group, and author of Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving

Ali Wentworth

Actress, comedian, author, producer and mother

“What we want is for kids to start developing awareness of how others are feeling, and begin using it as a kind of guide for how to behave.”

Dr. Rachel Busman


Contact Emily Starrette at or 646.625.4343