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Events - 2010-2011 Summary
Summary of Recent Events 2011-2012


Book Club Discussion Led by Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children (05.17.2011)
Tina Bryson, PhD, lead a PfA-sponsored book club discussion on Ashley Merryman and Tina Bryson's book NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children.

Crash Car Presentation at San Marino High School (05.09.2011 - 05.14.2011)
Many thanks to San Marino Police Department, Police Officer Denhart and MADD for facilitating this year's display at San Marino High School of an actual car involved in an alcohol-related accident. Fliers and information were distributed encouraging students and parents to discuss Prom and Grad night and the dangers associated with alcohol poisoning and driving under the influence.

PfA Speaker Series: Ashley Merryman on NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children (05.04.2011)
Ashley Merryman, co-Author of the book NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children spoke on three key issues of the book: the inverse power of praise, why kids lie, and the science of teen rebellion. Go to to learn more about this fascinating new science.


Managing Family Stress with Success (03.10.2011)
Mary M. Gordon, MA, CADC II, Director of Family and Outpatient Services, Betty Ford Center, presented parenting tips about the family system and key factors that promote healthy family dynamics including:

  • Helpful coping skills

  • Setting boundaries and the importance of consequences

  • Family resiliency

Did you miss the event? If so, click on the handout on the right.


Book Club Discussion: It's a Boy! by Michael Thompson (October - November)
Facilitated by Tina Bryson, PhD, a parenting educator and Director of Parenting Education and Development for The Mindsight Institute where she works with Dr. Dan Siegel, helping parents and professionals understand parenting relationships in the context of a child's changing brain. Her full profile can be found on her website at

Cyberbullying and Sexting, A Presentation for Parents by Beth Brewer (10.26.2010)
This was an event for parents following the September 16th presentations given at Huntington Middle School. Ms. Brewer, adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University and expert in the field of cyberbullying, presented the role of cyberbullying and sexting in the lives of our children and the steps we can take to create an open dialogue about the topic. She also discussed the possible psychosocial delays and/or legal consequences for children and adolescents who engage in, and are exposed to, sexting.

Alcohol and Drug Awareness (10.12.2010)
A presentation at San Marino High School for students only. Speaker: Adam Herdina, PsyD.
Dr. Herdina is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist affiliated with The Arroyos Psychological Associates (TAPA) located in Pasadena. He currently holds the position of staff psychologist with Behavioral Science Services, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and is the Adjunct Professor of Forensic Psychology at Alliant International University, California School of Forensic Studies. His full profile can be found at Dr. Herdina presented to the entire student body at SMHS. His presentation included signs to look for and what to do when a friend is in trouble, the consequences of underage drinking, the dangers of using prescription drugs and mixing them with alcohol, the connection between alcohol/drugs and suicidal tendencies, and more.

Click here for Facts About Alcohol Poisoning and here for a Good Housekeeping Article on the subject. Click on the image for signs to look for.


Cyberbullying and Sexting (10.26.2010 and 09.16.2010)
Presentations at Huntington Middle School to each grade level. Speaker: Beth Brewer.
Beth Brewer is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University where she instructs teachers in the Department of Specialized and Urban Education and conducts research on the use of technology as a tool to educate middle school students about cyberbullying.

National Family Night (09.27.2010)
A community-wide program that is promoted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. CASA research consistently finds that kids who have frequent family dinners (five or more a week):

  • Are less likely to have friends who use illicit drugs or abuse prescription drugs;

  • Are at lower risk for substance abuse;

  • Are more likely to get better grades in school.

What can you do?

  • Spend time with your kids by having dinner together.

  • Talk to them about their friends, interests, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

  • Answer their questions and listen to what they say.

  • Recognize that YOU have the power to keep your kids substance-free!

To learn more about CASA, go to


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