2018 Annual Parenting Conference Share +

Join us for a day of connection, sharing, and learning for parents and youth. 

2 Amazing Keynote Presentations

There's Never Anything So Wrong with Us That What's Right with Us Can't Fix 

with Dr. Mark Katz, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Author, and Director of Learning Development Services

Addressing Challenging Behavior Through Creativity 

with Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC, Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Marriange and Family Therapist, and expert contributor to over 50 media outlets

Plus 3 In-Depth Workshops to Choose From

  • Face to Face:  Communication Off-line About On-line behavior with Jeannie Groenveld

  • Modern Family:  Communication in Today's World with Dr. Stephanie Wolfe (Repeating Workshop)

  • Neutralize the Argument Through the Love and Logic Approach with Melinda Katona

Meet Our Presenters: 

Keynote Speakers

Mark Katz: Resiliency Focused

Mark Katz, Ph.D., is a clinical and consulting psychologist in San Diego, California, and author of the book, Children Who Fail at School but Succeed at Life: Lessons From Lives Well-Lived, published by W.W. Norton and Company. The book is a follow-up to his earlier book, On Playing a Poor Hand Well, also published by W.W. Norton and Company.

For over 30 years, Mark has served as the Director of Learning Development Services, an educational, psychological and neuropsychological center in San Diego, California. He is a past recipient of the Rosenberry Award, a national award given yearly by Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the field of behavioral science. He is also a past recipient of the CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder) Hall of Fame Award, which the organization gives each year to recognize and honor individuals they feel have made significant contributions to improving the lives of individuals affected by ADHD. Mark is a contributing editor for Attention Magazine, and also writes the magazine’s promising practices column. He has been a keynote presenter at a number of national conferences, and has conducted numerous trainings for schools, healthcare organizations, and community groups working to improve educational and mental health systems of care. Mark has been interviewed by reporters for Oprah Magazine, Time Magazine, Men’s Health, CNN, and others in the media on topics pertaining to resilience and overcoming adversity.

For close to 30 years, Mark also served as both a Supervising and Consulting Psychologist at San Diego Center for Children, which offers residential and day treatment programs as well as a variety of community based and school based services to children, youth, and families in the San Diego area. He also served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project, sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The committee worked with staff from the Chadwick Center for Children and Families to produce a guide for child welfare system administrators on how to create trauma-informed child welfare systems.

In addition, Mark has worked with colleagues from around the country on the Stop Bullying Now! campaign, a federally sponsored multi-year media campaign designed to increase public awareness of bullying and other forms of school violence.

Erica Curtis: Innovative Parenting Approaches

Erica Curtis LMFT, ATR-BC is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Ms. Curtis has a therapy practice in San Juan Capistrano, California, teaches for UCLArts and Healing, and serves as an expert consultant for her professional board.  Ms. Curtis was a lecturer in the Department of Marital and Family Therapy (with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy) at Loyola Marymount University for over a decade, for which she now serves as admissions consultant.

Ms. Curtis has served as an expert for over 50 media outlets including PBS, Elle, Boston Globe, LifeHacker, US News and World Report, Cosmo, She Knows Parenting, and EHow Family. She also appears as an expert on the award-winning parenting source, Kids in the House, where she talks about art’s potential to enrich the lives of children.

Ms. Curtis is a past Board Member of the American Art Therapy Association and past President of the Southern California Art Therapy Association. She speaks regularly about arts-based approaches to health, wellness, and parenting (venues have included UCLA, USC, Kaiser Permanente, the Moms Club International, and the Boys and Girls Club).  Ms. Curtis has been published in The Journal of Clinical Art Therapy and on various online sources including the Foundation for Art and Healing, and Lifespan Learning Institute.

Her book, The Innovative Parent: Using Art to Raise Happy, Connected, & Successful Kids is coming soon.

Workshop Presenters

Workshop A: Family Communication with Dr. Stephanie Wolfe

Dr. Stephanie Wolfe is a passionate practitioner in the field and divides her time between clinical practice, training, and consulting. In clinical practice, she meets with adolescents, adults, and families, and uses DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and other evidenced-based therapies. Each treatment plan is specifically catered to the individual and/or family. In her training and consulting work, Dr. Wolfe provides local businesses and organizations with DBT informed treatment for the workplace and coaching services. In addition, she regularly provides workshops and seminars about mindfulness, mind/body connection, and the impact of social media on psychology and behavior.

Dr. Wolfe earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from Azusa Pacific University, a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University, and has specialized training in family therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Wolfe has experience working with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems such as personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, women’s issues, relationship problems, and difficulties with work-life balance.

As a clinician and educator, Dr. Wolfe focuses on teaching awareness, behavioral skills, mindfulness, and working with clients to develop effective solutions for a healthy, balanced life. After meeting with Dr. Wolfe for a consultation, a variety of therapeutic techniques are implemented to fit your needs, whether they are organizational or personal.

Workshop B: The Love and Logic Approach with Melinda Katona 

Melinda Katona has been practicing the Love and Logic Approach for over 10 years. She was first introduced to the Love and Logic approach through a book study of Teaching with Love and Love. After trying out some of the skills and having huge success in the classroom, she traveled to Denver, CO, to become a certified L & L facilitator from Love and Logic founders, Jim and Charles Fay. Since then, Melinda has provided on-going trainings and additional support to colleagues throughout the school system.

Melinda Katona is a native Californian. She and her husband have 3 children and have lived in San Diego for most of their lives. Melinda has taught in San Diego Unified School District for about 15 years at the elementary level and is currently teaching kindergarten.

Workshop C: Communication and Technology with Jeannie Groeneveld

Jeannie Groeneveld is a communications and public relations expert with over 10 years experience developing communication strategies for the Navy.  During that time, she has taught responsible use of social media to thousands of Navy personnel and their families. As a mother of two boys (10 and 12), she is passionate about educating the future generation, and their parents, on best practices for social media use. She is excited to share ideas and interventions on how to navigate the ever-evolving social media realm, and provide tools that will help build the foundation for responsible use of social media for parents and their children.