(free online Movie Night) Documentary Film “LIKE”– Conversation about Youth, Social Media and Addiction

Movie Night & Conversation about Youth, Social Media and Addiction

Youth Eastside Services (YES) will be featuring the IndieFlix Original documentary “LIKE” that explores the impact of social media on young lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Following the film, join a panel discussion with YES’ new Chief Executive Officer David Downing and clinicians to discuss teen social media use and how a family can develop healthy habits, including an opportunity to ask questions.
Grab your dinner or a bowl of popcorn and join us for a free, online movie night on Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Viewing of the movie is limited, pleaseregister by June 4.

Positive Discipline 正向教養 (Bellevue)(in Mandarin Chinese)

**Update as of mid March:  This Positive Discipline Course in Mandarin-Chinese has been postponed toward later of this FALL semester, estimated after late September, 2020, despite Tzu-Chi Academy Seattle School teaches “Traditional Mandarin-Chinese” and most Tzu-Chi student families are from Taiwan (versus to the “Simplified Chinese” what is been used solely in China,  ), and the fact that none of the signed-up participants are from Wuhan, China.  Please contact us if you or your client is interested in participating this workshop in this Spring quarter.**  

**3/15/2020 特別通知:  配合杜絕本地疫情擴大風險(目前感染擴散主要集中於高齡高危族群, 諸如安養中心等場所) 之防疫考量,  本協會與慈濟中文學校決定將本次正向教養課程順延至預計今年秋季開學的下一個學年度, 敬請見諒, 共體時艱.

**1/31/2020 特別通知:  雖然慈濟中文學校是一所教授繁體中文的學校, 跟中國境內使用、教授之簡體中文多有差異, 且前來學習繁體中文的學生家長們也沒有從中國武漢移民到本地的; 配合時情與學生家長的意願, 以減少焦慮與恐慌, 本次中文正向教養課程延期到三月底以後開課.  如有相關報名問題, 請與我們聯絡, 聯絡方式如下段所示.**


Sponsored by Puget Sound Adlerian Society through private funding, this is a 6-week, 14-hour, Adlerian-based experiential course for parents who hope to create more cooperative, healthful, and joyful relationships with children.  Teachers, grandparents, caregivers, counselors, and others who live or work with children also find this course immensely helpful.

This course is co-sponsored by Tzu-Chi Academy Seattle, and is most helpful for people who live or work with children aged 2-12, and/or teens.

Course Duration: 2/8/2020 through 3/21/2020 (skip 2/22 for winter break)

Class dates: 2/8, 2/15, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, and 3/21.

Many people report that Adlerian parenting courses, with their focus on mutual respect, are helpful for workplace, marital, and other relationships as well.

Participants are encouraged to read at least one of the Positive Discipline related books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and/or others prior to attending this experiential course series. More info can be found at https://www.positivediscipline.org/articles.

This FREE course currently has 6 spots remaining as of 3/6/2020.  Participants will need to pay $20 as the administration fee directly to the Tzu-Chi Academy Seattle.  If you are interested in attending this Positive Discipline in Mandarin Chinese course, please email PSAS at: psasadler@gmail.com, or call 206-527-2566 (Jessica Hsieh.)



這是由普吉灣阿德勒心理協會經由私人機構贊助的免費6週(總共14個小時)體驗式正向教養育兒課程, 此次課程與西雅圖慈濟人文學校一起合辦, 慈濟將酌收每人20元的註冊費用.  為了維護校園學生安全, 校外人士出入校園得配戴名牌, 並因此將核對上課學員之駕照或身分證件, 敬請見諒.

目前僅剩6位名額可供校外人士免費上課.  本次課程為難得有趣的互動體驗課程, 參加前請至少閱讀過一本與正向教養相關的書籍或是文章.  台灣衛福部使用正向教養概念製作了0-6歲嬰幼兒的中文教養手冊 https://dep.mohw.gov.tw/DOMHAOH/cp-3560-37594-107.html, 可供您課前參讀.  如欲參加此次的中文正向教養課程, 請以電郵或電洽普吉灣阿德勒心理協會的謝小姐:  psasadler@gmail.com, or 206-527-2566.

6-week Parenting with Positive Discipline (English, Spanish) (North Seattle)

Parenting with Positive Discipline (in English, and in Spanish)

**Updates as of 2/7/2020:  the Spanish class is currently on going (2/5 through 3/18;) however, the English class has been postponed into this early April, at the same location. Please contact the facilitator Ximena (contact info as below) to sign up.**

A free parenting series for parents wanting more cooperative, respectful, and warm relationships with their children.

Hosted and sponsored by Puget Sound Adlerian Society (PSAS) available through grant funding, this free 6-week Parenting with Positive Discipline series provides parents with tools and skills to strike an important balance between being kind and firm in a fun, relaxing and supportive atmosphere.


6-week course series:

From February 5 through March 18, 2020 (skip Feb 19);  

6 Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm.

Dates:  2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18, 2020.

Location:  Sacajawea Elementary School, Seattle. ( 9501 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 )

Positive Discipline techniques are respectful and non-punitive and are based on both common sense and research. They help parents strike an important balance between being kind and firm.

Join us in an experiential, fun parenting course series, where parents build community and participate in activities designed to deepen an understanding of their children, and bring more peace and joy into the home.

Registration is required for this free English and Spanish Positive Discipline course is currently open!  With enough sign-up participants, both English and Spanish class can be held in this time.  Please contact Ximena Grollmus at ximeseattle@gmail.com, or register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDU8g5iSpIjBtI9mVECrEOS6i4LU7W2TJA3oH_RASI7o6TrA/viewform.




(free) The Ins and Outs of IEPs

Please join  the Guided Pathways-Support for Youth & Families for an informative workshop all about navigating the sometimes confusing process of establishing an IEP for your child. We will be discussing all  the steps to get an IEP, what you can expect from the school once you have one, the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan, and much, much more!

For powerful, local, learning register today!
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Monday, December 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM PST
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Newcastle Library
12901 Newcastle Way
Newcastle, WA 98056

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Melody Parshall
Guided Pathways-Support for Youth & Families

(free) Synchrony and the neurobiology of human attachments; How the brain basis of love fosters empathy, stress management, and resilience

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
University of Washington, Center for Child and Family Well-Being
Ruth Feldman, PhD

Synchrony and the neurobiology of human attachments; How the brain basis of love fosters empathy, stress management, and resilience

7:00 – 8:30 PM
University of Washington, Kane Hall, Rm. 120, 4069 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98103

Registration is required. Register here.

Synchrony – the coordination of biological and behavioral processes between children and their caregivers during moments of social contact – provides the basis for social connectedness and charts a central process in the development of stress management, empathy, and the development of the “affiliative brain”.

In this talk, I will present our model on the neurobiology of human attachments in relation to the oxytocin system – the hormone system related to social bonding, and sometimes called the “love hormone.” This presentation will detail how the oxytocin system evolved to support the expression of synchrony at the genetic, brain, hormonal, and behavioral levels and how the mother-infant bond provides the neurobiological template for all other social affiliations throughout life: with fathers, close friends, romantic partners, and fellow-humans.

Next, I will present our research on the parental brain, addressing similarities and differences between the maternal and the paternal brain, and discuss how the human parental brain supports the development of socio-emotional competencies and the social brain in children, charting the cross-generational transmission of affiliation that enables humans to love, care, and adapt a life of meaning.

Finally, I will present findings from three cohorts of families who represent high-risk contexts, each followed from infancy to young adulthood, and demonstrate how disruptions to maternal-infant bonding, in contexts such as premature birth, maternal post-partum depression, and chronic trauma, impact children’s brain and behavior.  The talk will conclude with vignettes from a new intervention that help depressed mothers synchronize with their infants and minimize the level of intrusive behavior and by addressing the implications of our model for debates about mind-brain polarity.

At the end of the talk, participants will be able to

  1. Understand how the parent’s brain develops during the transition to parenthood and why it is important
  2. Learn about the role of oxytocin, the love hormone, in initiating the bond between parents and infants and how this bond develops through synchronous interaction to support resilience from infancy to adulthood
  3.  Know about the specific disruptions to the neurobiology of affiliation and caregiving behavior that characterize depressed mothers and potential avenues for treatment

Ruth Feldman, PhD is the Simms-Mann Professor of Developmental Social Neuroscience at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzlia in Tel Aviv. She holds a joint appointment at Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Feldman holds degrees in music composition, neuroscience, clinical psychology, and developmental psychology and psychopathology.  Her conceptual model on biobehavioral synchrony systematically describes how a lived experience within close relationships builds brain, creates relationships, confers resilience, and promotes creativity.  Her studies were the first to detail the role of oxytocin in the formation of human social bonds.

Free Newborn Family Wellness Program (Edmonds)

Sponsored by the Parent Trust for Washington Children, located in Mountlake Terrace, WA, this new Family Wellness Program provides:

  • Free developmental screenings for children 4 months, 8 months and 12 months old.  
  • Each visit also include a parent wellness screening, and a follow up call from a Family Help Line Parenting Coach.

    For families living in the Edmonds School District-zip codes

    For more information, contact Marni at Parent Trust


(free) 6-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class (S. Seattle/White Center)

Sponsored by the Puget Sound Adlerian Society,  this Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series will be hosted on 6 Saturdays, February 1st through March 7th, 2020, from 10am-12noon.

Teach by Kristina Saelee at the White Center Heights Elementary (10015 6th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98146) in the Library.

This class is free and childcare is provided.  Pre-registration is required.

Call: 206-841-7871 or email to Kristina@empoweredparenting.family to register.

This workshop is a 6-week course with an intended long-term outcome of teaching young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their community by improving the decision-making process of both parents and their children.

The goal of this workshop is to empower parents with the following tools:

  1. Parents taking this course will learn how to model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation involving behavioral issues, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
  2. Parents will learn how to identify the belief behind their child’s behavior, thereby gaining skills in changing root causes, rather than attempting to change the behavior itself.
  3. Parents will strengthen their skills in effective communication and problem-solving.
  4. Parents will learn discipline strategies that teach and focus on solutions instead of punishment.
  5. Parents will be equipped to build long-term self-esteem and empower their children by encouraging effort and improvement instead of focusing on just success.
  6. Parents will learn how to avoid power struggles and to motivate their children.

These parenting tools are taught through experiential activities and along with reading from the Positive Discipline book.

Instructor Qualifications: Kristina has been certified as a Positive Discipline Parent and Classroom Educator.

(Free) Parenting Plus Classes (Bellevue or Bothell, 10-week)

Parenting Plus Classes

Parenting Plus is a 10-week parent education group class designed to support and strengthen parents in areas where they may be challenged, including:

  • Building appropriate self-esteem in your child
  • Effective communication
  • Managing anger (both yours and your child’s)
  • Stress
  • Growth and development of children
  • Behavior management
  • Establishing family routines, including bedtime
  • Other topics of interest, including: the effect of media on children and children transitioning between two homes.

These free classes are open to all parents and caregivers who are interested in strengthening their parenting skills; you do NOT need to have a child enrolled at Kindering to participate. Classes are geared towards parents whose children are ages 12 or younger, both with and without special needs.

Class schedule

Parenting Plus is taught in English four times per year (September, November, March and May). Kindering also offers Parenting Plus classes in Spanish and in Russian two times each per year, in the fall and in the spring. Each session meets for ten weeks on Monday evenings, from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm.

The School Year 2019-2020 schedule is:

  • September 9 to November 18, 2019 (Bellevue)
  • November 25, 2019 to February 10, 2020
  • February 24 to April 27, 2020
  • May 4 to July 13, 2020 (Maybe in Bothell)
  • September 14 to November 16, 2020
  • November 23 to February 9, 2020

We also offer a support group for graduates of the Parenting Plus Program, which meets at Kindering on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm.


Parenting Plus classes are FREE to families. Kindering is very grateful for the funding support from community foundations to make this class available.

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Questions? Please contact Lois Ralph, MPH, at (425) 653-4302 or by email.

About the Instructor: Lois Ralph has been teaching parenting classes at Kindering since 1991. She is the parent of two adult children, one with special needs, and has a Masters in Public Health and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Psychology.

DBT FOR PARENTS (West Seattle)

Tools for Parents of Kids with Difficult Behaviors!
Hosted by Guided Pathways Support for Youth & Families
Wednesday, 9/25/2019

West Seattle Library Meeting Room
West Seattle Library
Meeting Room
2306 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Topics Include: 
  • An introduction to dialetics 
  • The biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation
  • Dialetical Parenting: findng the balance between acceptance and change
Acceptance Strategies
  • Validation
  • Positive Reinforcement
Change Strategies
  • Relationship Building
  • Effective Consequences
For questions, please call 253-236-8264.

Register Now!

The Ins and Outs of IEPs (Kent)

Please join the Guided Pathways Support for an informative workshop all about navigating the sometimes confusing process of establishing an IEP for your child.  We will be discussing all  the steps to get an IEP, what you can expect from the school once you have one, the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan, and much, much more!

For powerful, and local learning, register today!
Tuesday October 15th, 2019

Guided Pathways Support
Guided Pathways
6625 S. 190th St
Kent, WA 98032

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