Parent Education Program

Our Parent Education Program at Ann Martin Center strengthens parent-child-family relationships by addressing parenting concerns about their child’s emotional, behavioral, and academic development. With an emphasis on prevention and early intervention, our workshops provide vital support, skills, and tools that promote positive parenting. 

Workshops are FREE unless noted otherwise.

Location & Parking: 1375 55th Street, Emeryville, CA. Our clinic is four blocks west of San Pablo Avenue and two blocks south of Powell Street.

For map and directions, see There is a guest parking lot opposite the main entrance to our building. Street parking is also available.

Fall 2017 Parent Education Program Workshops

Homework: How to Support a Child with Learning Differences
Speakers: Polly Mayer, MEd, and Toby Mickelson, MSW
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm


It's Not Just What Happens to Our Kids, It's What They Make of it that Matters
Speaker: Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm


"Is it Real Doctor?": How to Respond to your Child's Gender Non-Conforming Behavior in a Rapidly Changing Culture
Speaker: Susanna Moore, PhD
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm


Fee-Based Workshops
Parenting with Positive Discipline Series
Ann Martin Center is hosting a 7 session parenting series led by parenting and life coach Lisa Fuller.  This is a fee-based workshop coordinated through Ms. Fuller who has extensive experience teaching positive discipline and parenting techniques.
7 Wednesdays (9/27 - 11/8) from 6:30-8:30pm at Ann Martin Center
Cost:  Early Bird (before Aug. 27th) $295 ($225 for second caregiver)
Fee includes Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen and a supplemental reader. Regular $325.
Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their community.
Spend seven 2-hour classes with life coach Lisa Fuller and a dynamic group of like minded parents. Together you will turn your parenting challenges into social and life skills for success – or at least take leaps and bounds in that direction!
The Positive Discipline series focuses on 6 core elements:
1. Foundations of Positive Discipline theory
2. Foundations of Positive Discipline tools and strategies
3. Homework activities and reading Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen
4. Role-play with real life scenarios
5. The HOT SEAT (a.k.a. problem solving your real life scenario together)
6. A community of like minded parents you can relate to and grow with
The next series begins on September 27th, 2017. 


Taming Tantrums Without Losing Your Cool
This is a fee-based workshop coordinated through Julie Johnson, who has been in the field of education for over 20 years as a teacher, trainer, and researcher. Fees are on a sliding scale between $35 and $60.
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:00am-1:00pm
Cost: Sliding scale between $35 and $60.
When it comes to your child’s tears and tantrums, you’re at the end of your rope. When your little one has a meltdown:
• You lose your cool and say things you didn’t mean to say
• You scream “time-out” or dole out consequences that don’t work
• You worry a lot, and wonder what they’ll be like when they're 16
You're doing the best you can, but some days are tough. What you need are the right tools to handle your child’s upsets without coming undone yourself. You need, "Taming Tantrums without Losing Your Cool".  In this 3-hour workshop you'll learn:
• The key to helping your child work through his upset and get back to calm, cooperative behavior fast.
• Practical and powerful ways to keep your cool and be less reactive when things get heated.
• A way to say no without anger and shaming, that will help you feel like a confident parent.
• A powerful way of listening that will unravel the emotional tangle your child is in so the issue doesn’t keep coming back, hour after hour, day after day.

We hope to make the workshops as accessible as we can, so please reach out for accomodation needs you may have and we will do our best to meet them.  For other questions, requests, or suggestions for speakers and topics:

Please email Lauren La Plante, Community Education Coordinator, or leave a message at (510) 655-7880 ext 222.

Special Thanks

We gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship support of the Wells Fargo Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program, and the Robert & Helen Odell Fund.