Events Calendar

October 7th, 2016
Making The Most of Adolescent Wellness Screenings

This professional presentation for physicians working with adolescents will discuss best practices in the adolescent wellness screening using harm reduction and motivational interviewing strategies. Providence Medical Group Fall Pediatric Conference, St Vincent Hospital, Portland, OR

October 19th, 2016
Building on Strengths: Helping Boys Succeed in School Part 1

Many aspects of schools are not sympathetic to boys relational and learning styles. This staff workshop examines the data on how boys are doing in schools, reviews boys unique developmental issues, and shares strategies for incorporating more movement into the classroom, utilizing literary strategies that tend to work for boys, improving boys relational capacity, and managing elements of violence and humor in boys’ writing. Bridlemile Elementary School, Portland, OR.

November 1st, 2016
Building on Strengths: Helping Boys Succeed in School Part 2

This staff workshop examines the data on how boys are doing in schools, reviews boys unique developmental issues, and shares strategies for incorporating more movement into the classroom, and utilizing literary strategies that tend to work for boys, including managing elements of violence and humor in boys’ writing. Bridlemile Elementary School, Portland, OR.

January 11th, 2017
Preparing For The Teen Years

This presentation will review aspects of typical development of pre-teen and adolescent children focusing on their academic, socio-emotional, behavioral growth, in addition to the variability between boys and girls and provide practical communication skills we can all use with children as we support their growth. St. John Fisher School, Portland, OR.

February 7th, 2017
Supporting Your Boys in School

Look at the data describing how boys are doing in their schools and communities. Consider the role that nature and nurture plays on boys’ development. Learn strategies to maintain your relationship with boys and help them to be successful in school. Bonny Slope Elementary School, Beaverton, OR.

February 8th, 2017
Family Enrichment Series: Understanding Cooperation and Competition

This parenting workshop will discuss the roles of competition and cooperation across childhood developmental stages. Our conversation will consider the self-esteem movement and how that has led organizations and families to believe that everyone must win. We will contrast that with the work of Kristin Neff and the importance of self-compassion. We will explore such specifics such as being a gracious winner, moving on from loss, and balancing cooperation with competition. French American International School, Portland, OR.

February 27th, 2017
The role parents play in a positive classroom climate

We know that classroom climate supports academic success.  It can be difficult to know when and how to get involved in your child’s social life. How do we know what is typical and acceptable behavior and when the behavior has crossed a line? How can we help our children develop better skills at developing and keeping friends? When should I let my child work out problems and when should I intervene? How do I help my child become a gracious winner and a gracious loser. This 90 minute interactive presentation will offer ideas for keeping perspective on your child’s social world. St Rose School, Portland, OR.

April 15th, 2017
Keeping Perspective and Staying Connected: A Full Day Workshop on Parenting Teens

Adolescence represents a time of intense change for teens and their families. This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to calmly consider what’s working well in your family and steps you can take to improve behavior and relationships. Through presentation, video clips and small group conversations we will explore: setting appropriate limits, monitoring technology, talking to teens about risky behavior, and communication styles that work. Download workshop flyer. Presented at Cedarwood Waldorf School in SW Portland, OR.

April 18th, 2017
Competition and Cooperation in the Classroom

A staff development conversation on the roles of competition and cooperation in schools. We will explore the strengths and pitfalls of each, consider gender tendencies with regard to competition and develop strategies to use both cooperation and competition more thoughtfully. French American International School, Portland, OR.