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Digital Parent has entered into a strategic partnership with Symbio of San Francisco, California to expand its online parent education resources. Symbio specializes in infant and toddler mental health, with extensive background in child development and family psychology. Together, Symbio and Digital Parent share the desire to provide a multifaceted online resource for families with young children. Digital Parent members will benefit greatly from the expert advice and rich content offered by Symbio and its staff. Read More >
Digital Parent is now part of Parents Place, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Parents Place is the Bay Area's leading family resource center, with 5 sites, 30+ parenting coaches, and a 30-year track record of supporting parents and families. This merger represents an exciting opportunity to offer expanded access to the very highest quality parent education and support services. Digital Parent members will benefit greatly from the expert advice and rich content offered by Parents Place and its staff. Read More >
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Stephanie has served as the Parent Education Coordinator of Parents Place in San Mateo since 2007, and has worked with Parents Place since 2002. She has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education with 25 years of teaching experience. She trained at Bing Nursery School, owned her own preschool for five years, and worked as a parent educator at The Children’s Health Council for six years, where she was also the director of the Parent Education Program for two years. Her specialties include young child behavior management, Kindergarten readiness, school choices and preschool teacher training and support. Read More >
Claire Marie Beery
Claire has served as Director of Parents Place Sonoma County since 2009 and has worked with parents and children for over 35 years. In addition to providing consultation and education for parents with children of all ages, she consults with preschool teachers and family childcare providers about early childhood mental health and optimal childcare environments. Claire specializes in child development 0-6, positive discipline strategies, working with challenging behavior, understanding attachment and temperament, and parent/child communication. She also teaches in the Child Development Department at Santa Rosa Junior College. Read More >
Noelle is a doctor of clinical psychology and an expert in infant and toddler sleep and early childhood development. She consults with parents across the country on issues related to sleep, development, and discipline in the early years of parenthood. Noelle’s eleven years in practice include pre and post-doctoral fellowships at the Infant-Parent Program, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital, where she worked with parents and babies who were having difficulty establishing strong relational bonds. Her graduate research was done on the transition to parenthood for couples with twins, and infant and toddler sleep issues. In 2007, Noelle and her partner, Lele Diamond, MFT, established Symbio (www.symbiosf.com) a San Francisco-based consulting and therapy practice that provides behavioral and emotional support to families with young children. Read More >
Lele is a licensed marriage family and child therapist and an expert in child development. Her fifteen years of clinical experience encompass a wide array of developmental and relational issues including helping parents and children through normal developmental adaptations and behavior problems; managing family disruptions such as divorce and loss; relational conflicts between parents, and within families; and coping with the emotional challenges of balancing parenthood, partnerhood and personhood. Lele also has a substantial background working with diversity issues related to race, gender and sexual orientation as they affect personal and social relations. She works in the Bay Area as an individual, couple and child therapist and consults as a developmental specialist to parents and professionals throughout the country and internationally. Lele received her graduate degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies and spent her post-graduate training working with children and families in crisis. In 2007, Lele and her partner, Noelle Cochran, PsyD, established Symbio (www.symbiosf.com) a San Francisco-based consulting and therapy practice that provides behavioral and emotional support to families with young children. Read More >
An authority on the social and emotional development of children, Sue has authored two books: I Want It My Way! Problem-Solving Techniques with Children Two to Eight and Activities to Develop Problem-Solving Abilities in Young Children. She facilitates workshops focusing on issues of concern to families with young children, including: discipline, anger management, preschool and kindergarten choice, sibling rivalry, conflict resolution, the development of responsibility and independence, and many other topics. Sue has taught classes in human development through Stanford University, Pacific Oaks College, and local community colleges and agencies and is a former head teacher at Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School. Sue received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College and her master’s degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College. Read More >
Heidi teaches parenting classes for families of young children. In recent years, she has focused on positive discipline, toilet learning, sleeping and eating issues, temperament, and peer relationships. She also conducts family consultations and preschool behavioral assessments and runs early childhood staff development workshops. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Heidi earned two master’s degrees: one from the University of California, Berkeley, and the other in education—with an emphasis in early childhood education—from San Francisco State University. Read More >
A child development specialist and longtime parent educator, Karen specializes in social and emotional development, temperament, discipline and limit-setting, school issues, peer relationships, parenting as a couple, co-parenting through divorce, raising only children, and parenting boys. Karen is the former director of the parent education and consultation program at the Children’s Health Council. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, Karen has a master’s degree in educational psychology from Montclair State College. Beyond managing Parents Place programs and operations, Karen leads workshops, teaches parenting classes, and offers consultations to families seeking guidance on many issues. Read More >
Casey has specialized training in applied behavioral analysis (ABA) as well as in developmentally appropriate play- based and social-competence interventions. She has supervised and implemented comprehensive programs for children with special needs in a variety of settings, including home, school, and community, providing support for families in assessing appropriate services. Casey holds a master’s degree in special education and early intervention from San Francisco State University, where she participated in Project Mosaic, a federally funded program focusing on the diverse needs of children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Casey also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication from the University of California, Davis. Read More >
Gloria is the coordinator of Parents Place Community Education Center in Palo Alto, CA. She has been a professor in the graduate program of social work at San Jose State University for twenty years. She has been a school social worker and parent educator since 1981, specializing in working with elementary, middle, and high school students and families. She has also been involved in providing consultation, collaboration, and training to teachers and administrators in public and private elementary through high school settings. Her areas of expertise include: understanding children’s learning styles and creating successful learners; fostering resiliency in children; students with learning problems; and bullying prevention. Gloria is bi-cultural and the parent of three sons. Read More >
An authority on children’s mental health, with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention, as well as an experienced psychotherapist and consultant to children and families, Janina has demonstrated her clinical acumen in a wide range of areas over her 30-year career: behavioral, learning, and developmental special needs; trauma-informed treatment; foster care and adoption; grief counseling; and parent education. At Parents Place, where she coordinates the Center for Special Needs, Janina and her staff provide consultations, assessments, coaching, counseling, and support to families and children seeking help to address behavioral, learning, developmental, and other challenges. Prior to joining Parents Place, Janina led a number of innovative community-based programs and served as a consultant to schools and community professionals. Most recently, she served as Regional Children's Services Coordinator for Southern Oregon. Janina graduated from Harvard University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social relations, and received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from San Francisco State University. She continued doctoral studies in developmental psychology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, and Polish. Read More >
A seasoned clinician and parent educator, with particular expertise in the areas of early childhood mental health, child/parent psychotherapy, trauma, and issues of concern for parents of young children (sleep, discipline, and potty training), Amy brings her many years of professional experience to Parents Place, where she oversees programming for parents and children. Amy is also a faculty member at Parents Place’s Child Trauma Training Institute and has presented widely on identifying and treating trauma in young children. In addition, she provides parent coaching and consultations. A graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, Amy received two master’s degrees—in marriage and family counseling and in rehabilitation counseling—from San Francisco State University. Read More >
Rebecca has a BA in psychology and received her MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in interpersonal practice with children, youth, and families. She serves as the Parent Education Coordinator and Center for Special Needs Coordinator at Parents Place in Marin. She has a broad range of experience working with children and youth, including taking the lead in developing strength-based behaviorally focused treatment of high-risk children. Her specialties are children and adolescents with behavioral difficulties; parenting challenges; children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder related to physical or sexual abuse; depression and anxiety; and resources for parents of children with special needs. Read More >
John serves as the Director of Clinical Services at Parents Place in Marin. John received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University; he went to the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied clinical social work. His training also included an internship at Stanford University’s Department of Child Psychiatry. John has provided consultation to parents for over 25 years. He works with parents of children of all ages, including teens. His special interests are adoption; dealing with significant life changes (moves, divorce, death, change in school or job, graduation); limit setting and discipline; stress and anger management; knowing when and how to turn to others for help. Read More >
Bonnie serves as Parent Educator, Coach and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at Parents Place in Marin. Bonnie has been working with children and families for 20 years. Trained as a Waldorf teacher and group facilitator, she has been an early childhood teacher, preschool director, and founding member of the Great Oaks School in the Chicago area. Her work with children under 3 and their parents led her to the Touchpoints work as well as the RIE I training program. She has served on the governing body of both the Chicago Waldorf School and the Great Oaks School and as secretary for the Preschool Council of Evanston. Bonnie worked with at-risk teens for the Youth-At-Risk community program, as well as with birth parents and adoptive parents. She is certified as a teacher of Jane Nelson's "Parenting the Positive Discipline Way." Parent education and support have always been a part of her work. Read More >
Holly is the Director of the Peninsula Parents Place Community Education Center and Family Violence Prevention Services. Her areas of expertise are childhood abuse and trauma, domestic violence and violence prevention, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention. She has taught family sociology at the University of Southern California. Her other professional experience includes providing child custody mediation for Los Angeles Family Court Services and serving as the executive director of a non-profit agency that provides mental health services to abused and neglected children. Holly developed a comprehensive bullying prevention training program for inner-city schools in Southern California and has provided school-based assessments and counseling to special-needs students for the Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has a PhD in sociology and marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California. Read More >
A parenting educator for more than two decades, Lori specializes in child development, discipline, and separation issues. Lori teaches a number of classes at Parents Place, including “Feisty 3’s and 4’s,” “Spirited Child,” and “Parenting Twins.” She was a teacher and a director at parent cooperative preschools for more than 20 years. A graduate of Scripps College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Lori earned her master’s degree in child development from Michigan State University. Read More >
With expertise in wellness for children and adults, Karen teaches classes for Parents Place, and for years taught a non-diet weight control class, nutrition during pregnancy, and conducted supermarket tours for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She is currently the dietitian for the Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid-Peninsula. Read More >
Mimi serves as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Special Needs at Parents Place on the Peninsula. She received her Masters in Social Work and Public Health from UC Berkeley. She has worked with children, teenagers and their families within school settings and has over 20 years of experience as a social worker. Mimi specializes in providing services to families and children with special needs. She also has extensive experience in the areas of grief, coping with difficult life transitions, the challenges of single parenthood and adoption issues. Mimi facilitates workshops for parents and professionals on topics such as developmental red flags, and anxiety issues in children. She also co-facilitates social skills groups for children as well as offering support groups for parents. Mimi served as Chair of the North Peninsula Special Needs Initiative and was co-chair of the 2009 Special Needs Day of Learning. Read More >
Susan Stone Belton
A family coach, motivational speaker, and certified special education teacher, Susan specializes in effective parent-child communication, behavior management, helping families navigate through divorce, remarriage, and step-parenting. Over the years, she has operated home-based preschools, run crisis hotlines for parents and teens, and managed a domestic violence treatment program for batterers. She has presented dozens of parenting workshops at Parents Place, including “Tantrum Taming for Toddlers and Twos,” “Connecting with Your Child Every Day,” and “Setting Limits – Raising Responsible Children through Choices and Consequences.” Susan received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University. Read More >
Beth Powell is the director of The Reading Clinic. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years and specializes in the foundational skills needed to be successful in reading, comprehension, verbal expression, math and writing. After completing her BA degree in Math and her MA in Transformative Leadership with a focus on math education, she developed the Math with Ease® Program used at The Reading Clinic. She received much of her training while working at The Reading Clinic and Lindamood-Bell and she has been trained in Slingerland. She has given talks at many events, including the California Mathematics Council’s Asilomar conference, the Cupertino Union school district and for SELPA. Read More >