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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.

* Meltdowns to Shutdowns
* Dynamic Dyads


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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