Keith McCurdy

2024 Speaker

Keith A. McCurdy, M.A., Ed.S, Is a Family and Parenting Educator and Consultant, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Virginia. He has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health.

Keith provides consulting and coaching services nationally on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, maintaining healthy relationships, leadership training, and addressing corporate stress management. He has developed and regularly offer parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. He also provides counseling services in person and via teletherapy throughout the state of Virginia at Total Life Counseling, Inc.

Keith received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and Founder of Live Sturdy, LLC, and President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc. For many years he has been a consultant and speaker nationally to businesses, churches, and schools (public, private, faith based and within the world of Classical Education.)

Keith previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. He is a regular contributor on the “BaseCamp Live” podcast with multiple interviews and the “McCurdy Moment” segments, as well as being featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons” and “Crosspolitic.”

Keith is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys living in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife.


2024 Speaker Topic


Engaging Our Students and Encouraging Our Parents

The workshop will focus on how we can better engage our students without trying to be their best friend, therapist, or the detached expert. Instead, what can we do to take one step into their lives to provide the best context for teaching and mentoring. Further, how can we encourage our parents in their role with their children. Parenting has suffered significantly from the effects of the Therapeutic Mindset, and most struggle with feelings of hopelessness and being overwhelmed in their role as parents today. Parents are often searching for a community that supports healthy parenting and this provides a significant opportunity for us to speak into that process as well as providing resources to help at this time of crisis.