ADULT ATTACHMENT, INTERPERSONAL NEUROBIOLOGY, and NARRATIVE:

ADULT ATTACHMENT, INTERPERSONAL NEUROBIOLOGY, and NARRATIVE:  

How Relationships Wire the Embodied Brain & The Role of Reflection

ABOUT:

In this workshop, we will look at the science of how relationships shape the brain and nervous system, and the hopeful science of how people can change attachment patterns. 

A powerful predictor of how well children turn out is that they’ve had secure attachment with at least one person, and the best predictor of parents being able to offer secure attachment is that they have made sense of their own story.  Relational experiences, positive or negative, create mental models and neural connections, which then determine how we function in current relationships with significant others, family, friends, and children.  In this workshop, we’ll explore attachment styles, what they have to do with relationships, neural integration, nervous system arousal, social engagement circuitry, and the way people narrate their story.  We’ll also explore practical ways to assess attachment styles and to help increase attachment security. By understanding experiences through an attachment-style lens, we can gain transformative insight into patterns of functioning, as well as how to help ourselves and others change from the inside out. 

This workshop will be led by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, co-author (with Dan Siegel) of THE YES BRAIN as well as two New York Times bestsellers -- THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD and NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE.  She is also a mom, psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California.

Date & Time: February 23, 2018,  9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Audience: This workshop is for clinicians. 
Location: 1021 E. Walnut, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91106

Click here to download a flyer.

REGISTRATION:

The cost for this workshop is $175. To reserve your spot, email info@tinabryson.com. Space is limited, so register soon! (But don't worry, if you can't make it, we will record the workshop and make it available as a downloadable link in the future for $125.)

Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group

Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group: A Practical Walkthrough of the 12 Revolutionary Strategies

We are kicking off our Winter 2018 Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group! Taught from the best-selling book The Whole-Brain Child, the group will be 6 weeks going through the 12 Whole-Brain Child strategies, the scientific research behind them, and how to apply them to your home lives. Dive into the brain science behind why connection works to calm tantrums or outbursts, how to connect and instruct, and skills that have positive short and long-term effects. The group will be approachable for those unfamiliar with the book, and "hands-on" by making time to create unique to your family practical ways of implementing these strategies in a supportive and encouraging environment. Plus be connected with a group of parents trying to love and raise their kids! Come ready to learn, laugh, and connect.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next group will take place on Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm, starting February 28th and ending April 4th (for a total of 6 weeks). We will meet at The Center for Connection, 275 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106. Download a flyer here.

REGISTRATION

For information and to register, please contact Karla Cardoza (karla@thecenterforconnection.org). The cost is $250 for the whole group, with $50 due before the group starts to reserve your spot and the rest due at the end of the first session. (Early Birds: sign up a week ahead of the start date and get $25 off!)


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

Dungeons & Dragons: A Social Skills Group

Join us for another group adventure in our Dungeons and Dragons social skills group that rewards players with level ups, loot, epic swords and suits of armor, and tons of fun as we play Dungeons and Dragons*!

Group members meet for 75 mins. weekly for 8 weeks to create characters with special powers and abilities and engage in a team-based, structured role-playing game with other adventuring peers. Facilitated by two clinicians playing the Dungeon Master and an in-game guide, group members get to solve complex problems, strategically plan their combat, and creatively use their characters’ unique abilities while being challenged to work together, or perish. Listening skills, patience, turn taking, flexibility, critical thinking, consequences, empathy, and communication will be challenged in an exciting and motivating way as their characters come face to face with monsters, traps, gold, dungeons, and of course dragons!

Learn more downloading a copy of our flyer.

*For more information on how Dungeons and Dragons is being used in a therapeutic setting all over the country, visit: http://kotaku.com/therapists-are-using-dungeons-dragons-to-get-kids-to-1794806159

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our group will start off with a meet and greet/character workshop on Tuesday, February 13th, to meet your team and create or make adjustments to your character.  The next week, once we've met our team members and learned about the game, we take off on our weekly adventure! 

The group will run Tuesday evenings, 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm from February 13th through April 17th, with an off-week on March 27th, and is held at our Walnut office, 1021 E Walnut Ave, #200 in Pasadena.  

REGISTRATION

The cost of the group is $400 for the entire series, with a $50 early bird sign up discount by February 2nd.   

Please contact Melanie Dosen (email: melanie@thecenterforconnection.org) with further questions, or to reserve your spot in the group! 


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

Support Group: Addressing the Special Needs of Adoption

Join us as we provide extra support that meets the special needs of adoptive parents/caregivers in order to help to build strong, healthy and connected families. If any of the below apply, then this group is for you:

  • Does your child have multiple appointments and special services?
  • Are you struggling to find a balance between your child and family needs?
  • Would it be helpful to receive support and a place to connect with other caregivers?
  • Are you faced with a broad range of issues relating to societal, health, emotional, family, financial and child behavioral factors?

We carefully and uniquely created this group to be a process group with psychoeducation sprinkled in throughout the 8 week series that will cover things such as: adoption core themes, life cycle of grief and special needs grief cycle, zones of regulation, maternal mental health, and attachment. 

Group leaders

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next session will occur on Thursdays (March 1 to April 19, 2018), running for 8 weeks, and meeting at 6:30 pm.  All sessions will take place at The Center for Connection located at1021 E. Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91106. 

To learn more, download a flyer.

REGISTRATION

Secure your space in advance--space is limited! Early Bird Registration is $430 ($100 deposit due by 2/23 with the remaining $330 due at the start of the group). The rate after 2/23 is $480 (series total cost: $480). Payment plan options are available as well. 

For more information and to register, contact Melanie: Melanie@thecenterforconnection.org


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

Cool, Calm, & Connected Parent & Child Emotional Regulation Group

We are kicking off our Winter 2018 "Cool, Calm, Connected" group for emotional regulation for parents and kids. Here's how our CCC group works: kids meet in one room, learning about emotional regulation, practicing awareness and skills, and incorporating lots of psychoeducation on the brain, zones of arousal, sensory soothing, etc. We teach it by using roleplays, group discussion, creative problem solving, and making sock puppets about our brain! At the same time, parents meet in another room, where they receive parenting support and discuss the same content that their kids are working on, so that they're better able to help kids talk about, practice and integrate those skills into their daily lives. Families leave the group with a new, shared vocabulary around emotional expression and connection with a host of new strategies. We cover topics such as what is emotional regulation, where do we feel emotions in our bodies, how can we regulate ourselves (and our children), what are our biggest triggers and issues, what are our own sensory sensitivities, and how to have more compassion for ourselves and children.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next session will occur on Thursdays from February 15 to April 5, 2018, running for 8 weeks. The group times will vary as follows:

  • 4:15-5:15 pm for 6-7 year olds
  • 5:30-6:30 pm for 8-9 year olds
  • 6:45-7:45 pm for 10-11 year olds

All sessions will take place at The Center for Connection located at 275 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106. 

To learn more about our Cool, Calm, & Connection Parent & Child Emotional Regulation Group, please click here. To download a flyer for our upcoming group, click here.

REGISTRATION

Cost: Price is $600 for the whole 8 weeks, with $100 due before the first session to hold your spot and the rest due at the end of the first session.  

*Early birds: Sign up by Feb. 1st and get $100 off (which means you pay $500 total for the whole group!). 

For more information and to register, contact Drew Phillips at andrew@thecenterforconnection.org.


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.