Kathy Koch, Ph.D


Kathy Koch, Ph.D

Kathy Koch, Ph.D Trainer, Parent Educator, & Author as seen in Kirk Cameron’s movie, CONNECT

As seen in Kirk Cameron’s movie, CONNECT

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events.

She is a featured speaker for the Great Homeschool Conventions and a regular presenter for Care Net, Summit Ministries, and other organizations. She speaks regularly at schools, churches, and pregnancy resource centers. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. Kirk Cameron chose her as the technology expert to interview in his movie, Connect: Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World. She has authored six books including four published by Moody Publishers.

Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant, and results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.

Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.


Dr. Kathy regularly presents these topics to parents, teachers, and volunteers who work with children and teens. Once you choose topics, the titles and descriptions can be adjusted, as needed. If you are planning a day of training or planning for a convention, feel free to ask about topics that go well together and how much time might be best. Following this list of seminars for adults, topics for teens and children are described. One special Christmas message is described for women. Many of the seminars listed here and some described for teens are also well received by women. On the last page you’ll find a description of Dr. Kathy’s powerful Mind Styles™ seminar.

Most Requested Topics

8 Great Smarts: Discovering and Using Your Child’s Intelligences

All children have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Each intelligence will be explained so you can determine which ones are strengths for your children and how to teach with them. You’ll also learn how children might be getting into trouble through their greatest strengths and what to do about it. The ways children are smart are also relevant to friendships and spiritual growth. All the applications make this fun and important!

Change: Teach Them Don’t Tell Them

Are you frustrated because your children won’t or don’t seem able to change in ways you want them to? Dr. Kathy will help you understand several subtle attitudes and habits that make change difficult so you can determine which ones are relevant and how to decrease their effects, embrace the definition of “change” as “exchange,” and accurately and powerfully apply Scripture so permanent change is more likely.

Improve the Fruit By Identifying the Root

Discover roots of learning, motivation, and behavior issues so you can efficiently meet children’s needs with solutions that work. Discover why kids are struggling so you can make changes that can more likely result in permanent improvements. Would you be surprised to know that every problem can be assigned to one or more of just five core needs? It’s true! Come and be refreshed with this practical problem-solving approach.

Motivation Matters: Instill Hope

For many reasons, your children may not be as motivated as you’d like them to be. After sharing briefly about common causes, Dr. Kathy will share strategies you can use to get and keep children engaged. Academic growth and obedience can both increase. Numerous practical ideas for all ages, including how to respond when children think something is too hard, will encourage and strengthen you.

Technology’s Influence Over Children’s Beliefs and Behaviors

Many children are more ungrateful and argumentative than we ever thought they’d be. Do yours complain frequently and get bored quickly? You’re not alone. Technology is powerful and helpful in many ways. Yet, it can also contribute to children’s unhealthy beliefs, negative attitudes, immature character, and unwise actions. Learn why this happens and practical, realistic things you can do.


Other Important Topics

Compliment and Correct to Powerfully Encourage Your Children

Compliments and corrections have the power to increase or decrease children’s confidence, self-discipline, motivation, and learning. They contribute to a culture of effort and joy or fear and apathy. They’re a very important communication and teaching tool. The value of specific and focused compliments and corrections vs. general statements will be emphasized. Differences between corrections and criticisms will be explained.

Created To Be

As Dr. Kathy shares her story, you’ll be able to see yours more clearly. Why were you created? What about your children? Who are they and who are they becoming? You and your children will be inspired by Chatty Kathy’s too-tall, spelling-is-challenging, low-voice reality and how it’s God’s perfect design for her. Her humor is disarming and the truths are undeniable. You are who you are supposed to be!

Cultivating a Christian “Willing-Good” Character

Dr. Kathy will explain important differences between good character and willing-good character. Learn why and how to establish self-respect, self-control, and respect for others as the basis and the unique roles of gratitude and joy. What causes them and what do they cause? How is “God-Centeredness” relevant? You'll find the connections both fascinating and compelling.

Focus Children’s Thinking to Increase Learning and Decrease Frustration

When children don’t focus or don’t know what to focus on they become frustrated and less motivated and so do you. Learn how to focus their thinking so they know what to think about, what to think with, and why. The practical and realistic planning model will increase learning and decrease everybody’s frustration. Ideas are relevant for all ages and content areas.

Frustrated, Perfectionistic Kids: Guiding and Changing Their Behavior

Are your children easily frustrated by their mistakes – even small ones? Do they give up too quickly when something is hard and seem hesitant or even afraid to put forth effort? Learn why this happens. Learn how to increase their contentment with who they are and how to help them accept and respond well to their challenges.

Master Method: Teaching Jesus’ Way                                                                                               

What contributed to Jesus’ teaching effectiveness? Can we teach and communicate in the same ways? By examining Jesus’ attitudes toward children, teaching methods, and communication styles, we will learn much about effective teaching. Be inspired as you learn something new about Jesus, teaching, and learning.

Maximize the Genius Qualities in Your Children

It’s very probable that you and your children are blessed with many of the 12 genius qualities. You all might have much in common with Edison, Einstein, and Bach! Dr. Kathy will explain and define the qualities and help you consider how to encourage these qualities in your children. (These 12 are different from the 8 intelligences your children have.)

Mordecai: A Model for Mentoring

Because of Mordecai’s mentoring, obedience, and courage and Esther’s courageous and obedient actions, the Jewish people were saved. Their lives made a difference. Today’s precious children need adults to instruct and guide them much as Mordecai did for Esther. Let’s examine Mordecai’s methods so we can effectively use them to raise and teach children we know.

Strong-Willed: A Focus on Solutions

Are you raising strong-willed children who always want their way? We’ll examine why strong-willed children behave the way they do. Then several strategies that can immediately improve your relationships and lead to peace will be clearly explained and demonstrated. More importantly, perhaps, strong-willed children will be more able to thrive when they learn first-time obedience through these strategies.

Teach Them, Don’t Tell Them: Study Strategies that Work

Most teachers expect their children to study, probably remind them to study, and tell them to “study hard.” But have we taught our children HOW to study? Strategies that teachers can use to facilitate teaching and children can use to facilitate learning will be explained and modeled. Motivation, comprehension, retention, and application can all improve when strategies and skills from all eight studying categories are modeled, taught, and used. Ideas will be practical and easy to implement, with applications to all grade levels.

Under the Influence: Who Are You Following?

Parents lead children so it’s valuable to understand leadership. But, understanding “followership” may be even more important because we become like those we follow. So, the people we follow are actually influencing our children, as well. We better pay attention. Kathy will share a very practical and enjoyable method of regularly determining who you’re following and if you have personal needs not being addressed which may then be negatively affecting your children.


Topics for Teens/Children

Created To Be        

As Dr. Kathy shares her story, you’ll be able to see yours more clearly. Why were you created? Who are you and who are you becoming? You will be inspired by Chatty Kathy’s too-tall, spelling-is-challenging, low-voice reality and how it’s God’s perfect design for her. Her humor is disarming and the truths are undeniable. You are who you are supposed to be!

Eaglelike Excellence

It can be easy to get dissatisfied and overwhelmed. Be renewed by God’s expectations. From Dr. Kathy’s sharing about eagles, you’ll be reminded that we need eaglelike courage, energy, strength, hope, and vision to achieve our goals.

How Am I Smart and Why Does it Matter?

Everyone has eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Everyone is smart! Dr. Kathy will explain each intelligence so you can determine which ones are strengths and how to learn with them. She will also make applications to spiritual growth, friendship, behavior, and careers. You will be encouraged about your present situation and your future.

Net-Dropping:  The Choice to Become a Disciple

Jesus Christ says to each person, “Come, follow Me.” But, some of us think more about following God’s commands than following God. That’s a mistake. Jesus says, “Follow Me.” But, how? In rich detail Kathy will explain a key decision that must be made to fully follow Christ. This relevant and important message will meet needs wherever you are on your spiritual journey. You will be encouraged and challenged.

The Power Technology Has Over My Peers and Me

Dr. Kathy is pro-technology, but she’s not pro what technology is doing to young people’s behaviors and attitudes. Many teens admit to being frustrated by things like their own impatience and self-centeredness and their competitive, judgmental natures. When she helps them understand how these are related to technology and the power it has over their minds and hearts, they’re compelled to make changes. They’re consistently encouraged by Dr. Kathy’s attitudes, presentation style, and the truths she presents.

Under the Influence: Who Are You Following?

We all should want to grow and mature in our faith and all aspects of life. Are we? We better pay attention to the people we’re following because we become like them. Have you discovered that? Maybe the hard way? Kathy will share a very practical and enjoyable method of regularly determining who you’re following. Through it, you’ll think uniquely about your goals and who God has given you who could help you meet them.

Where Have All the Geniuses Gone?

You’ve studied geniuses in school - great men and women who changed the world for good. Could you be one? Do you easily get into trouble? Are you bored in school? Do you have fresh ideas to apply to old problems? Are you creative? Do you have a good sense of humor? Find out how many of the 12 genius qualities you have and what you might be able to do with them.


Christmas Topic for Women

Have a Very Mary and Joseph Christmas!

This Christmas, even more than usual, I’m pondering Mary’s words and Joseph’s actions. Mary, as the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ, participated in one of the most important miracles ever performed. Scholars have determined she was just 13- or 14-years-old when the angel visited her to give her the news she would give birth to the long-awaited Savior. She was surprised but answered the angel humbly. Mary didn’t question. She didn’t debate. She didn’t reject God’s call. She didn’t need lots of information. No, she humbly voiced, “Let it be.” Joseph’s response was very similar. I want to be more like Mary and Joseph. Do you?


Mind Styles™ Matter: Professional and Personal Development

The Mind Styles assessment and training will cause you to grow personally and professionally. Adults from all generations consistently report that this day has much more explanatory power than the DISC, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality assessment, strength finders, and related inventories. Plus, the day is relaxed and refreshing and full of many ah-ha moments that clarify things from the past and increase success for today and tomorrow.

Your Mind Style explains how you relate to people and tasks and how you process thoughts and feelings. You’ll gain new insights into why you prefer what you prefer, why some things are easy and hard, why people do things the way they do, and why you occasionally have conflicts with others.

In addition to learning much that will benefit general relationships and team building, Mind Styles has been used by God to heal marriages and relationships between parents and adult children and teens. Like much of Mind Styles, its relationship power is hard to explain until you experience it. You’ll learn who to put on teams together and whose input to get for certain reasons. You’ll learn how to handle conflict wisely. This is one of the best team building experiences you’ll ever have.

You will be able to make applications to a variety of issues such as leading, communicating, teaching, learning, decision making, selling, marketing, publicity, and writing. You’ll learn more about how to appeal to all people and all parts of their minds, so you’re understood, and people will more successfully remember and apply ideas.

Your Mind Style will help you see your strengths, challenges, preferences, and goals in a new light. You can learn how to shift and work from whatever part of your mind will allow you to be successful for different tasks and people. This is extremely freeing and empowering. This is one of the best self-discovery trainings you’ll ever experience. In each training, some who attend report truly understanding, valuing, and liking themselves for the first time. Of course, this benefits them personally. But, now they can also be more effective team members.

Because of this training, you’ll know how to communicate to all four parts of people’s minds. You’ll learn what questions each part of the mind wants answered and what information must be included when teaching and writing so that every person gets it. This is one of the best and unique communication trainings you’ll ever have.

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Event Reviews

"She (Kathy Koch) was amazing as always! We so appreciated the time she gave to hear our hearts the night before our event. Many said she was the best speaker we have ever had!"

— True Options Pregnancy Center, Sherman, TX

"Dr. Kathy is a leading keynote speaker, mentor, educator, and author in the field of kids, teenagers, and parenting. Kathy’s understanding of multiple intelligences, the effects of technology, and raising kids is a huge blessing and benefit to parents, families, educators, and entire churches. Her books are well-written, inspiring, educational, and practical. Your church and community need to hear Dr. Koch’s message of hope in a day of despair!"

— North Fort Worth Baptist Church

"We just finished our training with Kathy. I want to let you know, the feedback from our team was unanimous, she was awesome! The 2 hours flew by. She was engaging, funny, humble, and full of encouragement and wisdom. I would strongly suggest her to any group that wants to better understand why our teens do what they do and how to better related to them."

— A Beacon of Hope-Parent Organization

"With half of our partners expected to retire in the next 12 years, we realize that the Millennial generation is one that we will have to rely on to take the reins of the firm. Dr. Kathy provided excellent insight into how Millennials think and most importantly, what motivates them."

— Weaver Accounting 


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  • Kathy Koch- Surviving the Strong Willed Child: 64.55 min

  • 2015 Conference | Tuesday Lunch Main Session | Dr. Kathy Koch: 106.30 min




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