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ParentMap Presents: 2006 Pathways Lecture Series For Parents

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2006

Suzanne Goren, Marketing Manager

ParentMap Presents: 2006 Pathways Lecture Series For Parents

Pathways is a parenting lecture series sponsored by ParentMap Magazine. We have joined other businesses and organizations in our community to bring experts who can address the many challenges and concerns that parents face. Presenting sponsors include Children’s Regional Medical Center, Overlake Hospital, and KCTS.

Laura Kastner, Ph.D.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue
Teens and Sex: What Parents Should Know
Parents want their teenagers to accept their sexuality, be responsible about their sexual behaviors and be well-adjusted emotionally in their romantic relationships. But how do we accomplish this goal in a culture that tries to promote abstinence while marketing, exploiting, sensationalizing and distorting sexuality? Join Laura Kastner, Ph.D., as she tackles this and other challenging questions. This lecture is not appropriate for a teenage audience.

Dr. Kastner, well-known lecturer and author, is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and is on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.
She has written or been interviewed for numerous articles about adolescence in national and local media including: Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and McCall’s.  Dr. Kastner is the author, with Jennifer Wyatt, of a book entitled “The Seven Year Stretch: How the Family Works Together to Grow Through Adolescence and “The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life,” which has become the “bible” for parents launching their children.

John Gottman, Ph.D.
Monday, March 20, 7-9 p.m.
Town Hall
1119 8th Ave., Seattle

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

The greatest gift parents can give their child is a loving marriage. Just as Masters and Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, so Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. Dr. Gottman has been studying marriage, couples and parent-child relationships for over three decades. Learn what couples can do to have a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. This presentation is based upon his New York Times bestseller, “The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work.” These straightforward and profound principles teach couples new and startling strategies for making their marriage work and can have a positive impact on the entire family.

Dr.Gottman is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he is spearheading his newest project called Bringing Baby Home, sponsored primarily by Talaris Research Institute with additional funding from the Kirlin Foundation. This project focuses on the transition from pregnancy to parenthood, teaching parents relationships and parenting skills, as well as providing essential information about early childhood development.
In addition, Dr. Gottman and his wife Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., are co-founders of The Gottman Institute. The Institute provides training and educational materials for mental health professionals and families.

Sal Severe, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St., Seattle

How To Behave So Your Children Will, Too!

Are you confused about discipline? Are you yelling more and receiving less cooperation from your children? Do you have to become angry to get your children to behave? This intensive presentation will teach you how to get your children to listen...the first time. You will learn strategies for dealing with negative attention, arguments, power struggles and manipulation. Learn how to promote self-discipline and responsible decision-making. Learn what successful parents do to help their children behave and feel good about themselves.

Dr. Sal Severe was formerly the Director of Flor del Sol alternative school in the Cartwright School District in Phoenix, where he was also the Chairman of the Psychological Services Department.  A school psychologist for 29 years, he has concentrated his practice on children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families, and has also worked as a teacher, counselor, principal and director of special education.
His New York Times best-selling book, “How To Behave So Your Children Will, Too!” has sold over 600,000 copies and has been translated into 21 languages. His second book, “How To Behave So Your Preschooler Will, Too!” was released in July, 2002. His books are featured in Book of the Month Club and Children’s Book of the Month Club.

In the past 25 years, he has conducted more than 1,200 workshops across the United States for over 60,000 parents and teachers. Dr. Severe has four children who consume the remainder of his energy and time, but without reservation, provide him with his greatest blessing and achievement.

Sal Severe, Ph. D.
Wednesday, April 19, 1-4 p.m.
Shaw Room, Seattle Center
Managing Student Behavior
STARS credit available and can be applied for at the workshop through Childcare Resources.  Washington State Approved Clock Hours pending.
A Workshop for Teachers, Childcare Workers, Caregivers, Consultants and Parents

This intensive three-hour workshop is designed for anyone who works with children. Dr. Severe draws from his 30 years of experience to provide a presentation filled with stories, case studies and humor. Learn a variety of practical skills that promote self-discipline and productive communication, as well as techniques for managing and correcting misbehavior. Learn what successful teachers and caregivers do to help children behave and feel good about themselves.

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.
Tuesday, May 9, 7-9 p.m.
Bellevue High School, Performing Arts Center
10416 Wolverine Way, Bellevue
Co Sponsored by Eastside Preparatory School, Bellevue

The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life

"The Pressured Child" is, in fact, a presentation for "pressured parents" who have forgotten what school is actually like. It is a talk for parents who are gripped by worries and misapprehensions about their children's life in school. Dr. Thompson describes the psychological journey that children experience during their 13 years in school. He reminds parents that children are almost never judging themselves by grades; they are always monitoring their own development and constantly searching for three things: connection, recognition and a sense of power. This event is co-sponsored by Eastside Preparatory School.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is also a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families.  He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 250 schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.” He is the author of “Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons” and co-author of “Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children.” “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life,” was published  in August 2004.

Stephanie Coontz
Thursday, June 1, 7-9 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St., Seattle

For Better or Worse?: Understanding America's Changing Families.
This talk will challenge many myths about how families of the past used to work, allowing us to gain more perspective on our contemporary concerns about family life. The evolution of marriage and parent-child relations over the past 200 years has produced both gains and losses, raising new dilemmas in the process of resolving old ones. But the nature, causes and consequences of those changes is widely misunderstood. Ms. Coontz is uniquely positioned to shed new light on the subject of the changing American family, and her insights are guaranteed to be thought- provoking and enlightening. Parents will walk away with a better understanding of the modern family and how they can use that knowledge to become better parents.  

Stephanie Coontz is currently a faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and is a former Woodrow Wilson fellow.  Her areas of research include U.S. Family History and Comparative Family History.  She completed the Master of Arts program in European History at the University of Washington in 1970.  Her B.A. degree was conferred by U.C. Berkeley in the American History Honors Program.
Stephanie Coontz's most recent books, “The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families” and “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap,” have placed her at the center of the family values debate.  She has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, D.C., and her work has been featured in many national publications and academic journals.  

Presenting Sponsors:
Children’s Regional Hospital and Medical Center
Overlake Medical Center

Pacific Medical Centers
Elliott Bay Book Company
The Gates Foundation
Kirlin Foundation
To purchase tickets and for more information, go to or call 800-838-3006 to purchase tickets.

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