Parent Education

Join us for these engaging sessions where we learn and grow together.

The Saint Mark’s School Parent Education program extends from our commitment to the community. Throughout the year, we offer opportunities for parents to engage in open discussion, workshops, and speaker sessions, where they can gain valuable resources, new ideas and insights, practical advice, and support from the Saint Mark’s community.


Dr. Tina Bryson & Georgie Wisen-Vincent
Raising Innovators: Encouraging Creativity, Emotional Resilience, and Big Picture Thinking for Successful Kids in a Modern Age
Wednesday, January 16 | 6:30 pm | Community Hall

Did you know that nurturing your child’s drive to innovate creates a life-long template for emotional resilience? It’s how we playfully collaborate with our kids that give children a natural advantage as confident, competent, creative thinkers who are better prepared to step up to life’s curveballs – calm in the storm, able to observe and describe their emotions, try on flexible perspectives, act on their own initiative, work well with others, and experiment with new solutions until problems are solved. From curious preschool-age to the storm and stress of middle and high school, modern kids will need fresh, innovative skills to grow and thrive in this fast-paced generation.

Learn key strategies of resilient parenting to boost your child’s emotional immune system so they can face everyday struggles feeling brave, optimistic, and goal-directed. You’ll also learn the science behind play and how we can infuse creativity into parenting moments to build closer, happier relationships with our kids and transform the chaos into productivity and purpose.

About Tina: Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of THE YES BRAIN (Random House, 2018), as well as two New York Times bestsellers — THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD (Random House, 2011),and NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE (Random House, 2014) — each of which has been translated into over thirty languages.  She is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection and Play Strong Institute in Pasadena, California, an interdisciplinary clinical practice.  Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for kids, parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and makes frequent media appearances at venues like TIME, “Good Morning America,” Huffington Post, Redbook, The New York Times, and Real Simple.  She is the Child Development Specialist at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena, the Director of Parenting Education at the Mindsight Institute, the Director for Child Development for Camp Chippewa in Cass Lake, Minnesota, and the Child Development Director for Lantern Camps.  Tina earned her LCSW and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.  To learn more: &

About Georgie: Georgie Wisen-Vincent, LMFT RPT-S is the Managing Director of The Center for Connection Play Strong Institute in Pasadena, a center for child and adolescent therapy, therapeutic school support and social skills groups focused on helping children and families thrive. Georgie completed advanced postgraduate study in Child-Centered Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, England, Intensive Play Therapy Supervision at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. Georgie is also an adjunct faculty member at the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health where she teaches and supervises at the graduate level. Georgie is a frequent speaker for parents and professional groups interested in learning about her Play Strong model for trauma and stress resilience, parenting with the brain in mind, and the neurobiology of play and relationships. To learn more:

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