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.

Collaboration with the Parents Education Network (PEN)

Ann Martin Center is excited to join efforts with the Parents Education Network (PEN) to co-sponsor several of our Parent Education Workshops. 

PEN is a membership-based coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.  PEN focuses on delivering high-impact, high-quality programs including Student Advisors for Education (SAFE), parent support meetings, a parent education speakers series and EdRev, PEN’s annual resource conference .  PEN is based in San Francisco with affiliates in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Dallas, and Phoenix. For more information, visit


Raising Good Digital Citizens: Effective ways to help your children make responsible and smart decisions about their internet use

Speaker: Sandra Bryson, MFT
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

It’s clear that technology has taken over our lives and the lives of our kids. Parenting is now more challenging than ever because of our dependence and reliance on our ever-present devices. We have a responsibility to raise good digital citizens yet often don’t know how to begin. In this workshop, Sandra Bryson will provide you with a clear roadmap for how to handle a wide variety of issues you are likely to encounter while parenting in this digital age. We will talk about what it means to be a good digital citizen, what we can do about cyber bullying, how to set limits with screen time and any other technology related parenting issues you might have.


Understanding and Exploring Children's Dreams and Nightmares

Speaker: Alan Siegel, PhD
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Nightmares can be a source of creativity and inspiration but may also cause psychological distress that can linger for weeks afterward. What are the common nightmare themes? What are parent and family-friendly remedies for soothing the lingering emotional pain and transforming a nightmare into a source of creativity and insight? Learn how creative dream exploration can help parents better understand their child and promote family communication. Topics will include recurrent dreams, dreams linked to life transitions, crisis and trauma, age, culture and gender issues in dreaming and the differences between dreams, nightmares, night terrors, and posttraumatic dreams.


How To Teach Better Communication Skills All Day Every Day

Speaker: Shannon Kong, MS, CCC
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Based on her book, “Teach Speech, A Parent's Guide,”, learn the ins and outs of how to incorporate speech and language stimulation techniques into your daily life.  From increasing your child’s speech clarity to improving comprehension of language to increasing your child’s use of language and lengthening his utterances, we will discuss hands on, real life ways to help your child all day every day.


Task Initiation: A Key Executive Functioning Skill

Speaker: Ariela Perlman, MS and Maria Howard, MS
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

For youth with weak executive functioning skills, one of the most difficult parts of accomplishing work can often be just getting started. This workshop will help parents better understand how struggles with task initiation are experienced by students across grade levels. Actionable suggestions for both academic and home-based supports will also be explored.


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 Jennie Kogan, 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.