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.

It’s About Time to Reimagine…Palliative and End of Life Care for Children

Speaker: Kathy Hull, PsyD
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 RESCHEDULED FOR THE FALL.  Date TBD
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Envisioning a United States that wraps its arms around the most critically ill children, Kathy Nicholson Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in our country. For this workshop, Dr. Hull will present the TedTalk address that she gave to an international audience last October. Following the half hour presentation, she will open the workshop to questions and an interactive discussion of best practices in pediatric palliative care, with a focus on how, as professionals, we can advocate for our young patients/clients and their families.


The First Encounter and What Lives There: Symbolic, Relational, and Physiological Elements of a Play Therapy Session

Speaker: Stephanie Pass, Ph.D.
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 12:30–2:00 pm

What exactly lives in the landscape of an hour of psychotherapy? In this presentation, we will look closely at a first hour of play therapy with a six-year-old boy. We’ll take a metaphorical walk through the landscape of the hour three times, taking in serially what is ordinarily experienced simultaneously, and consider 1) the symbolic meaning of the play, 2) the developmental and physiological presentation of the child, and 3) the relational experience of being with the child. After the walks, we’ll look back at the landscape and discuss what some of the seeds from this first hour grew into, exploring the truism that much of what emerges in a psychotherapy is present in the first encounter.


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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