Preparing Boys for Life.

The Haverford School Best for Boys Speaker Series

Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m.

The Boy Behind the Mask
Janet Heed, Upper School Counselor
Michael Reichert, Consulting School Psychologist

8:30-9 a.m. Complimentary breakfast in the Community Room, Wilson Hall
9-10:30 a.m. The Boy Behind the Mask in Ball Auditorium, Wilson Hall

This event is free and open to the public.


In "The Boy Behind the Mask," nationally known researcher and Philadelphia-area psychologist Dr. Michael Reichert, along with boys' school educator and counselor Janet Heed, will help parents understand the real needs of boys — and how to meet those needs.

  • What is the "mask" that often results from boys' masculine conditioning?
  • How do the routine losses of boyhood affect our sons’ development?
  • How can our relationships with our sons, and between our sons and their teachers, coaches, and classmates, protect them from these losses?
  • How do social media exacerbate peer pressures and promote stereotypes?
  • How can you be "present” for your son through all of his challenges?

Join fellow parents to gain prescriptive and concrete tips on how to raise an emotionally secure and healthy young man, to discuss everyday scenarios your son is encountering in person and online, and to develop tactics that will help you connect with your son.

Michael Reichert consulting psychologist

Dr. Michael Reichert earned a Ph.D. in Professional Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. He is a consulting and clinical psychologist on staff at The Haverford School, founding director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives, and maintains a clinical practice in Bala Cynwyd. Reichert has presented internationally on a wide variety of topics related to boys’ development and education and is the author of Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Lessons About What Works—and Why (Wiley/Jossey Bass, 2010) and I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners (Harvard Educational Press, 2014).

School Counselor Janet Heed

Janet Heed has taught at The Haverford School since 1989 and partners with Dr. Reichert in the School's long-standing peer counseling program. She launched the School's mindfulness program and focuses on the affective side of boys' education. Heed holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Rosemont College and an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College. For more than 10 years, Heed led The Haverford School's participation in the Center of the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives, and has presented on the topic of boys’ development at two International Boys' Schools Coalition conferences.

About the Lecture Series

The Haverford School's Best for Boys speaker series invites the community to learn about topics and practices that help foster the social, emotional, and academic growth of young boys.

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Upcoming Lectures

Best for Boys Speakers

Feb. 2016:
Dr. Ron Duska: The Hardwiring of Boys

Oct. 2016:
Jay Greytok '83: Boys to Men

March 2017:
Janet Heed and Dr. Michael Reichert: The Boy Behind the Mask

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