Postdoctoral Certificate in Neuropsychology

Are you a clinical psychologist interested in incorporating neuropsychological testing into your practice? Join a supportive group of peers to learn more about the brain, expand your practice, and connect with other psychologists:

Fielding University’s Postdoctoral Certificate in Neuropsychology program is now being offered at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California. 


Fielding’s Postdoctoral Certificate in Neuropsychology program provides clinical psychologists with formal instruction in neuropsychological foundations, theories, and assessments. The curriculum provides a broad foundation in the latest theories and research in brain-based relationships. It also includes training in how to administer, score, and interpret neuropsychological tests and batteries. Throughout the program the careful study of patients with various neuropathological disorders supports your learning of appropriate rehabilitative methods and techniques for specific patient groups.


▪   Expand your practice and increase your income

▪   Learn neuropsychological foundations, theories, and assessments

▪   Acquire hands-on experience in neuropsychological testing

▪  Study with renowned faculty


10 weekends a year over a two-year period.

Applications due by the end of July 2018 for classes starting in September 2018.


For more information please contact Dr. Ashley Taylor at ashley@thecenterforconnection.org626-344-8561


To download a flyer, click here.

Level One Theraplay & MIM Workshop

Join the thousands of child and family professionals who have added Theraplay to their skill set.  This November, the Center for Connection is proud to host this wonderful training opportunity.

November 6-9, 2018 (We’ll meet 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day, except on Friday, November 9th, when training will conclude at 3:30 pm)

Where:     Pasadena, CA

Where:    The Center For Connection (1021 E. Walnut #200, Pasadena, CA 91106)


The training fee includes a Theraplay book and up to 26 CE hours (for those who qualify).

Who Should Attend? Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, School Counselors, Play Therapists, Infant Mental Health Professionals, Special Education Teachers, and other professionals looking to deepen their understanding of Theraplay

What is Theraplay? Theraplay is a short-term, therapist-guided dyadic psychotherapy that focuses on parent-child relationships and has been accepted by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice. It:

  • Enhances attachment, self-esteem, and trust in others through joyful engagement

  • Elicits cooperation and improves behavior issues in children through positive connection

  • Creates an active and empathic connection between child and parents

  • Focuses on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: structure, engagement, nurture and challenge

  • Results in changed view of the self as worthy and loveable, and of relationships as positive

How does Theraplay Differ from Other Kinds of Child Therapy?

  • It directly involves the parents or caregivers in change

  • It is active, interpersonal, and fun

  • Progress can be made quickly

  • It focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship

  • It focuses on the “here and now”

  • It can be used with young children or children with developmental delays

  • The “Theraplay Way” flows easily from clinical setting to home

  • Theraplay is appropriate for all ages - infancy through adolescence

Learning Objectives include:

  • Administer and analyze the MIM

  • Utilize the MIM as a guide for treatment planning

  • Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay and demonstrate one activity from each dimension

  • Describe ways to adapt Theraplay treatment to meet the needs of a child with complex trauma

  • Describe how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay session


For more information, contact  To download a flyer, click here

Brave Bobcats: A Social-Emotional Enhancement Group & Workshop

Due to our upcoming move, this group has been postponed. We will post upcoming dates (likely fall 2018) when they become available.

Our Social-Emotional enhancement group is designed primarily for children with an ongoing educational component for parents to learn more about supporting children to become socially and emotionally competent and learning an array of activities in managing social anxiety.

During this group, you will learn more about:

  • Becoming emotionally competent
  • How our senses affect our emotions
  • What it means to be in and out of our "Just Right" zone
  • Manage big feelings through yoga and various games, arts and crafts
  • Engaging in social situations with empowerment and courage
  • and more!

More About the Group

Our "Brave Bobcats" group for socio-emotional regulation and competence is geared to kids dealing with social anxiety and/or Selective Mutism.

Here is how it works: the group is facilitated by an occupational therapist and a mental health therapist; the parents and the kids initially participate in a sensory-motor/art activity together and then parents leave the room and will wait in the lobby. The kids will be engaging in various activities that promote regulation to then learn about how the brain works, various zones of emotional regulation, identification of feelings, engaging in fun games in the group, creating a "Brave Box" and more. Families will make a journal to track progress and communicate with the therapist any additional questions or concerns. Also, the families will learn about the curriculum so that they practice the same emotional vocabulary at home.


    This group will start in the fall of 2018. We have cancelled our summer offering due to an upcoming office move.  


    For more information and to register, contact Karla Cardoza at

    "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Charles R

    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.