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The following courses are currently enrolling participants or are ongoing at the Center for Developing Minds in Los Gatos. Please click on the course title for more detailed information.

* How to Survive Summer Break
* Potential to Power
* Meltdowns to Shutdowns
* Dynamic Dyads


How to Survive Summer Break

How to Survive Summer Break Flyer

Is taking your kids to the playground a struggle?
Do you have a battle in the back seat of every car ride?
Can’t get the kids to stop playing video games or put down their phone?

The new class, “How to Survive Summer Break,” is ideal for families with children who are experiencing difficulty managing their children’s behavior, while making summer activities like going to the park or the pool, pleasant and safe. The course will address the challenges of traveling with children – whether it’s a long-distance car ride or a journey on a plane or train – and provide tips for making the trip a fun adventure. Closer to home, the topic of how to moderate online gaming and media consumption and encourage alternative play will be discussed.

At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:
• Recognize potentially triggering situations for disrupting behaviors,
• Apply behavioral strategies over the triggering situations,
• Use behavioral tools in their own specific family settings,
• Stabilize calmer routines, either at home, or away on holiday.

The Family Series of courses at the CDM are designed to bring new skills and information directly to parents through interactive group sessions facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable CDM practitioners. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact the front office staff to reserve a space. The class is held at the Center for Developing Minds, and the course fee is $40 per family, which includes take-home materials.

Instructor: Victoria Tenenbaum, Pediatric Behavior Specialist

Class schedule
June 22, Thursday evening, 7:00-8:30 pm or
June 27, Tuesday morning, 10:00-11:30 am.


Potential to Power

Potential to Power Flyer

This July, the CDM will be the site for a one-week program that will help develop self-confident, motivated and resilient teens. Please see the link for the class flyer for the course details and registration information.

Instructor: Todd Parker, MA and Jana Parker, MS

Class schedule
July 10-14 2017.


Dynamic Dyads

Dynamic Dyads Flyer

Dynamic Dyads is a new parallel and complimentary service to the Meltdowns to Shutdowns groups that are held at the Center for Developing Minds. This smaller-sized group – just two children – is an ideal option for children who may need additional practice and generalization of their emotional modulation, stress management and social abilities. Each dyad is designed and led by a child and adolescent therapist, and children will work together in a casual classroom setting. Individualized skills to be worked on may include relaxation techniques, social rules and expectations, problem solving, and practice communicating about feelings -- while participating in games and leisure activities.

The instructor will design specific curriculum for participants, and dyads will be formed based on children's current abilities. If you are interested in dyad work for your child, please contact the Center for Developing Minds and our instructor will contact you to determine an appropriate classmate match for your child. Once a dyad is formed, one or multiple sessions will be scheduled. Classes will be 50 minutes with a 10-minute write-up period. At the end of each class, parents will be given an individualized note that includes a session summary, homework, and specific teacher comments and observations. The cost of each session is $80 per student.

Instructor: Cassandra Harms, Child and Adolescent Therapist
The age range for participants is generally 9-14 years old.

Class schedule
Based on each participant’s availability.


Meltdowns to Shutdowns

Meltdowns to Shutdowns Class Flyer

Many children struggle to cope with the stress created by the fast pace of their lives. Children with low thresholds for frustration, tendencies toward negativism, or difficulties tolerating losing or not getting their way, demonstrate this stress with an extreme emotional reaction (meltdown) or a closed emotional reaction (shutdown). This class will help children to learn to recognize their feelings before becoming overwhelmed by them. In addition, this group will:

• Discuss how kids can cognitively manage their emotions by realizing when they may be vulnerable to a stressful situation,
• Teach relaxation techniques, improving the children’s ability to calm themselves, so they can make better choices about how to react in different settings,
• Practice communicating about feelings, in a way that increases the chance of others hearing them,
• Recommend problem solving skills for the students to use in group situations.

A collaborative approach to the group will provide parents with a better understanding of how the concepts relate to the entire family and gives them an opportunity to participate in weekly parent trainings. Parents will have individualized support specific to their child and receive help in understanding and generalizing new concepts.

Classes are held at the Center for Developing Minds and will be moderated by Cassandra Harms, LMFT, and therapist interns (MFT-Ts). Course fee is $800.00 for the eight class sessions, the parent orientation and weekly parent sessions. Class size is limited to provide participants with personal attention.

Lead Instructor: Cassandra Harms, Child and Adolescent Therapist
Open to students, ages 9 to 11 years old.

Class schedule:

Fall/Winter Session dates still to be announced. Please contact the clinic to be placed on a waiting list for details when they become available.

To register for any of these courses, or for more information,
please contact 408-358-1853 or

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