Who We Are

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Dr. Larry Epstein

Originator of Calm, Compassionate Parenting™ and Calm, Compassionate Teaching™

Dr. Larry Epstein is a licensed clinical psychologist and health service provider with more than 20 years of experience in clinical and school settings. He received his Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and completed his internship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.




For the past 25 years, Dr. Epstein has worked with families, educators, and mental health professionals supporting children with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral struggles.   For 17 years, Dr. Epstein worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, Colorado, during which time he helped develop the district’s intensive treatment program for students with significant behavioral challenges. He also spent several years as a classroom teacher, teaching social-emotional skills to students in a general education setting before becoming a district behavior coordinator, helping schools implement school-wide behavior programming, including Bully-Proofing Your School, Positive Behavior Supports, and Collaborative Problem Solving. Most recently, Dr. Epstein was a Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School as well as the Director of Training and Implementation for Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital, overseeing the implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving in schools, hospitals, residential treatment programs, and juvenile justice programs. Dr. Epstein is the co-owner of South Shore Psychological Services, where he continues to support families, schools, and treatment programs in their work with challenging youth. He also helped found the non-profit organization Creating Caring Communities, where he served as Board President. 


Kirk Downing

Calm, Compassionate Teaching™ Trainer

Kirk Downing is currently the Interim Assistant Superintendent for the Natick Public Schools.  He has been a public schools educator since 1994 and served thirteen years as an educator in the Cherry Creek School District in Aurora, CO. For eleven of those years he taught grades one through five in two different schools. For two of those years, he served as an assistant principal.

Kirk relocated to Massachusetts in 2007 to become the principal of Chickering School in Dover, Massachusetts. In 2010 he became principal of Brown School in Natick, Massachusetts where he developed a Response to Intervention (RtI) model that has proven to be highly successful. Kirk has presented his RtI design to principals around Massachusetts and he has been a featured speaker for the EDCO principal preparation program as well as a guest instructor in other courses on RtI best practices. In 2015 he became a certified practitioner in Collaborative Problem Solving through Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. He used his knowledge of RtI and CPS to develop a whole school problem solving practice that addressed the academic, social, and emotional needs of his students. Kirk was a board Member of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principal Association for seven years and he served as president of the association in 2016-2017. As president, he helped negotiate and problem solve the consolidation of the two Massachusetts principal associations into one association. Kirk is also a certified mentor for the National Association for Elementary School Principals. In his role as a mentor, he has worked with first year principals on developing highly effective systems and practices focused on helping students strengthen skills to solve problems.


Ysis Moreira

Training Manager

Ysis Moreira is diversified entrepreneur and community volunteer. She has worked with children and families for over 10 years and has helped lead trainings and conferences serving professionals, parents, and educators for over five years. No matter what role or industry in which Ysis is involved, she always seeks opportunities where she can help individuals and their communities thrive.