Professional Development Lecture Series

Ann Martin Center sponsors lectures on contemporary research, theory, and technique relevant to educators  and child mental health professionals. Speakers reflect diverse expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of learning, emotional, behavioral, developmental, and school-related problems.

The series is offered as a free service to the professional community and all presenters have graciously donated their time. (CEUs are available for MFTs and LCSWs)

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.

The Brain Science Behind Tears & Tantrums and their Benefits

Speaker: Julie Johnson, M.Ed.
Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 12:30–2:00 pm

Some of the most trying times for parents are a child’s most passionate emotional moments.  A child’s tears and tantrums can evoke strong reactions in parents and parents are often at a loss as to how to handle their child’s tears, tantrums, and other trying behaviors.  Power struggles, harsh punishment, and yelling, drive a wedge between a parent and child, and leave a child feeling more angry, resentful, and afraid.   In this workshop you’ll learn the latest brain science behind the need for tears and tantrums—why crying is an important communication mechanism for building a strong attachment and understanding between children and parents.  You’ll also learn how to respond to a child’s emotional moments in a way that builds cooperation, resilience, and a close parent-child relationship.  You’ll walk away with strategies that you can help parents implement right away so that children feel closer to their parents, and parents feel more confident about their parenting.


If you have any requests or suggestions for speakers and topics, please email Jennie Kogan, Community Education Coordinator, or leave a message at (510) 655-7880 ext 222.

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