Holding a PhD in clinical child psychology from The Ohio State University, Beth Grosshans operated a New Jersey-based private practice for 15 years prior to retiring to focus on research and writing. In retirement, Beth Grosshans stays busy by serving on the advisory board of the New York Metropolitan Opera.
The Met's 2017-18 season includes 26 stage productions, including Hansel and Gretel, which is slated for seven performances between December 18 and January 6. Based on the popular Brothers Grimm tale, German composer Engelbert Humperdinck was the first to adapt the story for the stage as an opera production. It was also Humperdinck's first complete opera and, to this day, remains the most significant work of his career.
While opera version of the story acknowledges many of the dark aspects included in the Brothers Grimm tale, it presents them within the constructs of grace and humor. This year's Met production of Hansel and Gretel is being produced by Richard Jones and conducted by Donald Runnicles. Tara Erraught and Lisette Oropesa will play the roles of Hansel and Gretel respectively for six of the seven performances, while Ingeborg Gillebo and Maureen McKay will do so for the December 28 production.
Dr. Beth Grosshans completed her PhD in clinical child psychology at the Ohio State University and has worked with all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Beth Grosshans also stands out as the author of Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, through which she teaches parents the importance of setting limits for their children.
When parents resist setting limits, whether to avoid confrontation or to win their children's favor, they do their children a disservice. Children need boundaries first so that they stay safe, and relatedly to keep them feeling secure. Although children may test the limits that adults give them, they actually feel safer when adults hold firm and guide them to make wise decisions.
Similarly, limits help children understand their world and how it works. Boundaries give children the structure that they crave on a day-to-day level, while also allowing them to understand that abiding by social standards leads to acceptance and a positive experience in society. Such an understanding is crucial for one's development into an adult that not only abides by laws and other regulations, but also feels confident that he or she can operate competently in social situations.
Experienced Psychologist Beth Grosshans Lectures on Child Development