Sunday, March 5, 2017
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
de Toledo High School
22622 Vanowen Street
West Hills, CA 91307
Cost: $40 in advance | $50 at the door
Includes coffee, pastries, and lunch
Registration & coffee
Lunch and discussion groups
For more information, please contact:
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“Parenting in the 21st Century: Raising a Resilient Child While Learning to Set Limits and Let Go”
Douglas Rosen, MFT
Raising a resilient child is the best way for parents to prevent their kids from going down a path of destruction. Drawing from his own story and the current tends of addiction and drug use, Mr. Rosen will talk about positive decision-making, suggesting that if parents do not let their kids “fall,” or if they are “helicopter parents,” they may be setting up their kids for disaster.
Doug Rosen has put his education and social skills to dire use, relating to thousands of teens in a way that allows them to understand the message of living well. He speaks to a national audience of adolescents and their communities, educating them about self-awareness, coping mechanisms for common teen issues, staring down peer pressure, and teaching them tools that will prevent or stop harmful thoughts and behaviors. Mr. Rosen is a captivating speaker for wide audiences but also to the individual, personally mentoring a multitude of troubled youth. He also helped develop a forward-thinking curriculum that is demanded by schools and temples throughout the country. Mr. Rosen holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and film from the University of Colorado and an MFT from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He currently serves as Director of Partners in Prevention at Beit T’Shuvah.
BREAKOUT SESSION TOPICS AND PRESENTERS
“Guiding Kids Through the Storm of Adolescence”
Julie Brennglass, LMFT
Parents will acquire techniques and skills to enhance their relationship and communication with their teen. They will learn to listen better so their teen will hear more.
Julie Brennglass is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. She has served as the school counselor at de Toledo High School since 2003. A credentialed teacher and a clinical supervisor in her field, Ms. Brennglass has most recently served as a parent educator in several settings. In addition to school counseling, she has a private practice in Encino. Ms. Brennglass has extensive experience working with adolescents and in the areas of parenting issues, grief and loss, and lifecycle transitions.
“Dads Don’t Babysit: How Fathers Continue to Evolve as Parents”
Gregory Keer, MFA
The gender gap has certainly shrunk over the past few decades, with men and women shedding old stereotypes and sharing more of such responsibilities as nurturing, sports coaching, cooking, bread-winning, and bedtime reading. Mr. Keer’s session will focus on the ever-changing role of fathers in families and highlights the most vital key to successful parenting — communication.
Gregory Keer is an Upper Grade Dean at de Toledo High School, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, and Film Studies teacher. In addition to advising students along their path through academics and leadership endeavors as well as supporting them through the social and emotional challenges that characterize the 11th and 12th grades, he serves as a liaison with parents to partner with them in the education of their students. For 16 years, Mr. Keer has written extensively about fatherhood through his digital publication, FamilyManOnline.com. The site offers his first-person narrative of the wondrous and sometimes comically absurd trials and lessons he experiences as a father of three sons. The four-time winner of Parenting Media Association awards, his column has been published in regional parenting magazines around the country. Keer’s additional parenting writing has appeared in Parenting magazine, the Jewish Journal, USA Today, Parents-Choice.org, and Disney.com. He has appeared as a parenting commentator on radio and TV outlets, including PBS, Fox, and Washington Post Radio. Keer holds an M.F.A. in Theatre, Film, and Television, from UCLA, and a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from UCLA.
“A Closer Look at Addiction”
Douglas Rosen, MFT
Continuing the discussion from the keynote address.
“Your Kids Are Changing: How to Change with Them”
Lise Spiegel, PhD
How do we know when/if to relax the rules, when/if to trust our kids more, and when/if to rely on their judgment? Is there a difference in doing that between 9th and 12th grades? Is there a different strategy for boys compared to girls? What about the differences between siblings? Dr. Spiegel will talk about the developmental changes that occur over the arc of high school and, as importantly, the changes that we, as parents, experience simultaneously.
Dr. Lise Spiegel is a licensed psychologist currently in private practice. She also teaches Introduction to Psychology and Advanced Placement Psychology to juniors and seniors at de Toledo High School. Dr. Spiegel has worked with teens, and adults in the areas of grief/bereavement, eating disorders, relationship issues, sexuality, gender and sexual identity, and life transitions (leaving high school, adult/college transition, marriage, childbirth, parenting, separation, divorce, retirement). Dr. Spiegel has guest lectured and spoken at schools, churches, and synagogues about developmental psychology. She enjoys helping people of all ages find their personal definition of meaning and contentment. She has taught at Pepperdine University, the University of Judaism, the California School of Professional Psychology, and Campbell Hall Episcopal High School. In her spare time, she runs a grief support group at Our House for older teens coping with parental death. She has three adult children in their twenties.
“Teen Anxiety & Depression: Stress Management for Parents and Teens”
Lance Steinberg, MD
Anxious? Depressed? Dr. Steinberg will share easy interventions for parents and students with scientifically based methods derived from both eastern and western approaches.
Dr. Lance Steinberg has taught psychopharmacology internationally using humor and emphasizing clinical relevance. As Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, he has taught Fellows in Child Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and has received two Golden Apple Awards for “Outstanding Teaching.” His seminar, “Child Psychopharmacology,” was awarded “Highest Rated Course” from 2000-2010. Dr. Steinberg graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and was designated a Rock Sleyster Scholar by the A.M.A. as one of the top ten medical school students in psychiatry for the United States. He completed a full residency in pediatrics at UCLA and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, then a fellowship in adolescent medicine with an emphasis on medical-psychiatric interface at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Steinberg then trained in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he has taught advanced child psychopharmacology, CBT, and self-hypnosis for over twenty years. He has spoken on behalf of TSA, CHADD, OCDF and is a professional referral for these organizations. Dr. Steinberg’s specialties include tics, Tourette’s, OCD, ADHD, mood & anxiety disorders, Asperger’s, and Autism. Dr. Steinberg has offices in Calabasas, Encino, and Valencia.
“Sex, Drugs and Divorce… Oh My! – Successful Conversations with Your Kids”
Kent Toussaint, MA LMFT, LPCC
Can you imagine how awkward and embarrassing it would be to talk to your own parents about sensitive issues involving sex, substance use or difficult family relationships? And you’re a full-fledged adult! Make sure that your kid has a safe place to explore these tough topics and be open to your guidance. Mr. Toussaint will lead this fun, informative, and interactive workshop to help parents better communicate with their teens.
Kent Toussaint is the Clinical Director and Owner of Teen Therapy Center in Woodland Hills where he helps teens and families live happier lives. In addition to facilitating better connection within families and nurturing empathy and confidence in kids and teens, he also supervises a staff of four other licensed therapists who work with the same populations at Teen Therapy Center. For many years, he has given back to the local community and given presentations for parent organizations and training seminars for therapists all over the Valley. He and his entertaining yet educational blog can be found at TeenTherapyCenter.com.
“Helping Raise Sexually Healthy Teens”
Tracy Levine Wallace, MA
With more and more teens accessing the internet and porn sites for their sex education, the time is now for parents to have honest and age-appropriate conversations with their children about sex, relationships, love, consent, and so much more. In this session, Ms. Levine Wallace will share communication tips to help encourage, empower, and educate parents looking to help ensure their teen’s health and well-being in this important area of their development.
Ms. Levine Wallace teaches health to ninth grade students at de Toledo High School. She is the founder of Can We Talk Health Ed and has over 20 years experience as a health educator. She is an expert in sexual and reproductive health care and has been nationally recognized for her work in the field. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Tulane University. Ms. Levine Wallace is the mother of two young daughters who provide her with daily inspiration for educating and empowering others.