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 Jessica Requejo, ASW.

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.


Our group will meet for 8 weeks on Fridays from September 6th through November 1st, except September 27th. We are offering two groups:

  • Group 1 is for parents and kids ages 6-8 meeting from 4:30-5:30pm

  • Group 2 is for parents and kids ages 9-11 meeting from 5:45-6:45pm

We’ll meet at 3030 E. Colorado Blvd., second floor, Pasadena, CA 91107.

Download a flyer here.


The cost for this group is $650. Sign up by August 20th to receive a $75.00 discount if you paid full fee up front or send a $100 deposit to hold your spot and pay the rest when the group starts on August 2nd.

For information and to register for future sessions, please contact Karla Cardoza via phone (818-643-1209) or email ( 

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.