Upcoming Parent Ed Events Around Marin

If you know of great parenting resources, workshops or experts in our community, please let us know!


Restorative Practices – Building and Healing Relationships with Our Children
Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30-8:30pm
At Manor, Room 3

Ever feel like you could use more tools in your parenting toolbox? We all have moments when we are not at our best and have run out of ideas. Come listen to educator and mom Joanna Ho Bradshaw talk about restorative practices: what they are, why they will improve our relationships with our kids, and how to add them to our toolboxes.

Implementing “restorative practices” in our parenting means shifting away from punitive discipline and toward more healing strategies to resolve conflict, teach positive behavior through authentic consequences, and strengthen bonds.

Formerly an award-winning teacher and Dean of Students at a school in East Palo Alto, Joanna Ho Bradshaw now designs professional development materials for teachers around the world at Nearpod.

Please bring a laptop, iPad or other device to participate.

This is a FREE event. Bring a friend. For more info, check out www.manorpta.org


The Well-Balanced Student

On February 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Challenge Success presents The Well-Balanced Student at San Rafael High School in the Hayes Theater. Challenge Success is a research-based organization founded by Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Jim Lobdell, M.A., and Denise Pope, Ph.D. that develops practical curriculum, conferences, and programs for parents, schools, and kids looking for a healthier and more effective path to success in the 21st century.

This event is sponsored by WeAreSR! Parent Education and is free to all parents. Presented in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish. Click here to RSVP. For more information, contact jennifer.labovich@marinteencoach.com


Teen Cannabis and Alcohol Use: What Parents Can Do

Presented by Adam Nelson, MD

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:00 am-11:00 am

Where: Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA

Today’s widespread under-age use of alcohol and cannabis puts Marin adolescents at greater risk for emotional, physical, and cognitive harm than ever before, including risk for suicide and mental illness. Moreover, it is likely the recent legalization of recreational cannabis will only increase its use and availability for teens. Dr. Nelson has been practicing psychiatry for nearly 25 years. He received his Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Medical Degree from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine on a full scholarship from the U.S Air Force. He has served as the Department Chair of Psychiatry, Service Chief of Consultation and Emergency Psychiatry, and Medical Director of Outpatient Behavior Health Services at Marin General Hospital. He currently maintains a general office practice in psychiatry, seeing individuals, couples, and families.

Admissions is free, and attendees must register in advance at www.cipmarin.org or by calling (415) 459-5999, ext. 101.


The Mask You Live In

March 12, 2019 | 6:30pm

Research shows that, compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

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Part of the TUHSD Wellness & California Film Institute for the launch of our new Teen Wellness Film Series!

All screenings in the series will take place at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth St., San Rafael) and will be followed by an in-depth panel discussion with filmmakers, film subjects and/or subject area experts. Participants will leave with a set of discussion questions to support ongoing dialogue with our teens about these sensitive and important issues.


Raising Boys to be Heroes in an Age of Villains

Presented by Mark Edwards, LMFT

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Where: San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA

This seminar will offer an overview of the unique development of boys through childhood and adolescence with a specific focus on the development of emotional competence, the ability to recognize, understand, express and manage one’s own emotions and to respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Mark Edwards, LMFT is a psychotherapist, trainer, teacher and consultant. He has maintained a private practice in San Rafael since 2000 and works with a broad client group of children, adolescents and adults. He has been a member of adjunct faculty of the Master’s program in Counseling at Sonoma State University for more than 10 years and was formerly Assistant Clinical Director at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy, where he continues to supervise and teach post-Master’s and Pre-Doctoral interns.

Admissions is free, and attendees must register in advance at www.cipmarin.org or by calling (415) 459-5999, ext. 101.


Embodied Resilience: Mindfulness for Challenging Times

Presented by Shai Lavie, LMFT

When: Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Where: San Rafael Community Center

618 B Street, San Rafael, CA

Adolescence is an emotionally challenging period for kids and parents alike. Embodied resilience, that is, being aware of one’s own and others’ internal / non-verbal body signals strengthens our ability to access internal resources. Shai Lavie, MA, LMFT, works with adults, adolescents, and families in private practice in San Anselmo. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1995. Shai is certified in the Hakomi Method of mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and a Certified Hakomi Trainer on the faculty of the Hakomi Institute of California. He is certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma, developed by Peter Levine.

Admissions is free, and attendees must register in advance at www.cipmarin.org or by calling (415) 459-5999, ext. 101.