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Nurtured Heart Approach®



St. Francis School utilizes the Nurtured Heart Approach®. Developed by family therapist, Howard Glasser to work with intense children, this social-emotional framework offers strategies to forge positive transformation in behavior and emotional regulation. Utilizing the intentional direction of emotional energy, caregivers apply the Three Stands (Absolutely No, Absolutely Yes, and Absolute Clarity) to build Inner Wealth in children.


Video about NHA:



Our commitment to Nurtured Heart is further supported by:

Jim Parker, Certified Advanced Trainer, Upper Middle School
Karla Dunda, Certified Trainer, Elementary School
Paige Shehan, Certified Trainer, Lower Middle School
Lisa Dreher, Certified Trainer & Parent Liaison


In order to make NHA accessible to our families, Lisa is offering several free one-hour introductory sessions, as well as discounted rates for the full day and 6-week workshops. Should you be interested in getting more information about NHA, please register via the link below, no later than 3 days prior to the event, as space will be limited.


Questions? Contact Lisa.


Free-One Hour Introduction
Register for Friday, 9/1 9-10 am – St. Francis Cafeteria
Register for Friday, 9/1 2-3 pm – St. Francis Library

Register for Wednesday, 9/6 6-7 pm – St. Francis Library

Childcare will be available for $20/child from 6 – 7 pm for Saint Francis students only. Cash or check made payable to Saint Francis must be delivered to Amber no later than 9/5 at 9 am to secure a spot.




Six-Week Intensive

Presenters: Lisa Dreher, Karla Dunda, Paige Shehan

Register for 2-hour/ week intensive

Thursday evenings from 6 - 8 pmOct. 5 – Nov. 2, 2017.
Childcare is available for $40/session/child. Deadline for signing up is the Tuesday prior to each class. No refunds will be available. Please sign up directly with Amber in the office.

Financial aid for ticket registration is available for qualifying families.
NHA Overview
To accommodate varying schedules we are offering the full-day seminar, over 3 days.

Presenter: Lisa Dreher, B.A.
Register for Thursday 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 8:30-10:30 am St. Francis Cafeteria

Childcare not available for this event. Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Please contact Lisa Dreher, directly to inquire.

Tentative NHA Dates for Spring 2018:

Tuesday, 1/23/18 Free 1-Hour Introduction 9-10 am Cafeteria
Tuesday, 2/6/18 Full Day Overview 9-4:30 pm Cafeteria
Thursdays, 1/25-3/1/18 6-week Intensive 6-8 pm