Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group

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

Taught from the best-selling book The Whole-Brain Child, this group will be 6 weeks and reviews 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

None at this time.

REGISTRATION

For information and to register for future sessions, 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.

Brave Bobcats [A Social-Emotional Enhancement Group & Workshop ]

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

About

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.

Here's what you'll learn...

  • 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!

How the group works...

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.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

No sessions scheduled at this time.

REGISTRATION

Contact our group leader to learn more: Karla Cardoza, MA, AMFT, at karla@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 [A Group on Emotional Regulation]

Our "Cool, Calm, Connected" group centers around emotional regulation for parents and kids. Our facilitators for this group are typically Karla Cardoza, MA, AMFT, and Claire Penn, MSW.

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 SESSION DETAILS

There are no groups scheduled at this time.

REGISTRATION

For more information and to register, contact Karla Cardoza at karla@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.

We Should Talk... [a Group for Caregivers]

“We should talk…” is a group designed for parents or caregivers of children or adults with special needs.

Topics that will be addressed include isolation, grief, raising neurotypical peers, fears, self-care, attachment/connection, stress, and anxiety.

Register

Please mail Olivia Martinez Hauge at omartinezhauge@gmail.com to learn more, ask questions, and sign up for our next meeting!


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.