"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.


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.


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.