Deciphering Sensory Processing: A 9-Week Study Group for Professionals

This study group will address sensory processing as a whole, dissect each of the seven sensory systems, and discuss how sensory input impacts daily functioning--all of which will give you another lens with which to view the behaviors of clients. Plus, it will provide you tools to recognize the need for an Occupational Therapy evaluation!

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next group will start on Thursday, June, 22, 2017, at 12:00 pm. Each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 1021 East Walnut Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, California 91106.  Click here to download the flyer.

REGISTRATION

Each group session costs $50; attendance at every group meeting is not required. For more information and to register, please contact Dr. Jaime Chaves (email: jamie.chaves.otd@gmail.com). (Online video option available!)


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, and Connected" group for parents and kids

This is an eight-week emotional regulation group presented by Andrew Phillips and Claire Penn. It is designed for children and parents to learn more about supporting children when they become dysregulated. This psychoeducational program involves two groups: one for children and one for parents.

Here's how the group works: kids meet in one room, working on emotional regulation 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 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 group starts Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 5:30 pm, and runs for 8 weeks. We'll take one week off for the week of May 15th, and be finishing the last week of June. Right now we are looking for families for our 8-9 y/o group and our 6-7 y/o group. The advertised time Tuesday at 5:30 is for the 8-9 group. If we get enough interest we'll create another time slot for 6 pm - 7pm. Click here to download the flyer.

REGISTRATION

For more information and to register, contact Drew Phillips. $100 per child and parent, per session, over 8 sessions; or, $125 for child and both parents, per session, over 8 sessions.


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.

Man to Man

Re-Examining Masculinity, Breaking Down Stereotypes, and Building Strong Relationships

This is a group that creates a safe space where men can examine stereotypical aspects of masculinity that often lead to rigid and negative self-expression. Building emotional awareness as well as healthy relationship skills through the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology. 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next group will begin in spring 2017 and each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 275 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California.  Click here to download the flyer.

REGISTRATION

For more information and to register, please contact Dr. Chaves (phone: 626-788-1978; email: dr.ciscochaves@gmail.com). 


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.

Social Skills for Teen Girls

This group is for teen girls ages 13-17 with Autism and related developmental challenges. Participants can expect to:

  • Engage in a small, safe, supportive, and positive therapeutic group
  • Gain valuable tools to effectively navigate the social world
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Reduce frustration and anxiety
  • Learn how to create warm and lasting social connections

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 275 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California. Click here to download a flyer. 

REGISTRATION

For more information and to register, please contact Christine Triano (phone: 818-439-1087; email: ctrianolcsw@gmail.com). The cost is $60 per session.


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.

Parenting From the Inside Out

Join us for a 4-week class on Daniel Siegel’s and Mary Hartzell’s book Parenting from the Inside Out. This life changing message is a must read for every parent committed to raising happy, healthy families by processing their own attachment histories.  

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next group will run from 2/28-3/21. Each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 275 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California.  Click here to download the flyer.

REGISTRATION

For information and to register, please contact Sloan Walsh. The cost for the class is $200.


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.

"Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group"

This eight-week parenting group centers around twelve revolutionary "Whole-Brain Child" strategies that foster healthy brain development and help lead to calmer, happier children.  In this supportive, hands-on environment, we'll dive into the supporting scientific research and offer parents practical ways of implementing these key strategies and applying them to everyday parenting.  Come ready to learn, laugh, and connect. 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group will be meeting on Thursdays, starting January 19, 2017, at 5:30 pm. Each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 275 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California.  Click here to download the flyer. 

REGISTRATION

For information and to register, please contact Drew Phillips. The cost is $80 per session and $35 per each additional shared income partner. 


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.

Kids in the Kitchen: A Social Cooking Group

Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends.

“Kids in the Kitchen” is a group designed for children with limited diets (less than 20 foods) or unbalanced diets (omission of a food group) due to sensory processing deficits (taste, texture, temperature, smell). Through participation in meal preparation and interaction with a variety of ingredients, adolescents will experience food in a positive light (and gain skills to foster independence in the kitchen!).

“Kids in the Kitchen” incorporates socialization with peers to facilitate interpersonal connection—because who doesn’t like to gather with friends around the table?

UPCOMING SESSIONS

While there are no sessions currently scheduled, please check back often to learn about upcoming dates. We are aiming to start this group in March 2017; the group will run on Wednesdays for 6 consecutive weeks, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at The Center for Connection, 1021 East Walnut Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91106. You can follow us on Facebook to stay updated. To view and download a flyer, please click here.

REGISTRATION

The cost for this group is $75 per session or $400 for 6 sessions.  For more information, contact Dr. Jaime Chavas

"Deciphering the Enigma of Sensory Processing" Group for Therapists, Educators, and Parents

This nine-week course addresses sensory processing as a whole, dissecting each of the seven sensory systems and touching on the concept of reflex integration--all of which will giving participants another lens with which to view the behaviors of people around them.  Further, this group will give therapists, educators, and parents the tools to recognize the need for Occupational Therapy in order to help others be successful in life!

UPCOMING SESSIONS

While there are no sessions currently scheduled, please check back often to learn about upcoming dates. You can also follow us on Facebook to stay updated. To view a flyer from our past groups, please click here.

REGISTRATION

For more information, contact Dr. Jaime Chavas.


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.

"Whole-Brain Parenting" for the Exceptional Child

This is a six-week class for parents of K-8th graders who need encouragement, support, education and resources for parenting their exceptional child (ADHA/ADD, Autism Spectrum, Gifted, etc.).  Parents will have the opportunity to meet weekly with an experienced Parent Education teacher and collaborate with other parents facing the same challenges in raising a child with exceptional needs, gifts, and/or circumstances. Discussion topics will include:

  • Parenting Methods for Raising an Exceptional Child
  • Supporting Learning and Managing School Challenges
  • Raising Happy Kids Who Thrive
  • Understanding Ways to Support Your Child's Developing Mind

UPCOMING SESSIONS

While there are no sessions currently scheduled, please check back often to learn about upcoming dates. You can also follow us on Facebook to stay updated. To view a flyer from our past groups, please click here.

REGISTRATION

For more information, contact Sloan Walsh


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.

"Mealtime Monsters" Group for Picky Eaters & Kids with Limited Diets

Does your child only eat blueberry waffles from Trader Joes? Or pasta that's not too hard or not too soft without any sauce? Does your child gag when smelling a new food? Or when a vegetable is on the plate? Does your child refuse to touch a squishy peach? Or spit out a bite of yogurt because of a tiny piece of strawberry?

Mealtime Monsters is a six-week group designed for children with limited diets (less than 20 foods) due to sensory processing deficits (taste, texture, temperature, smell). Through playful interaction with food while maintaining a regulated state, children will learn that eating can actually be fun! Mealtime Monsters incorporates socialization with peers during mealtime to facilitate interpersonal connection. Each group session will also include:

  • Movement-based activity
  • Hands-on snack
  • Parent feedback
  • Weekly home recommendations

Note: This group is for kids ages three to five years old. 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

While there are no sessions currently scheduled, please check back often to learn about upcoming dates. We are aiming to start this group in March 2017 on Thursdays (for six consecutive weeks) from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at The Center Connection, 1021 East Walnut Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91106. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated. To view and download a flyer, please click here.

REGISTRATION

The cost for this group is $75 per session or $400 for all 6 sessions.  For more information, contact Dr. Jaime Chavas


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.

"College-Bound" Group for High School Juniors & Seniors

College-Bound is a supportive and informative group to help teens emotionally prepare for the road ahead.  We'll spend six weeks addressing topics designed to build skills for emotional resilience, including identifying and reducing stress; communication skills and meeting new people; coping with homesickness; time management; learning when to ask for help; and sleep and self-care.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

While there are no sessions currently scheduled, please check back often to learn about upcoming dates. You can also follow us on Facebook to stay updated. To view a flyer from our past groups, please click here.

REGISTRATION

To learn more about this group, contact Christine Triano


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.