Summer Seminars

We are once again be offering seminars throughout the summer, including a four-part series for parents!

Please let us know via email if you’d like to attend one or more of these classes.

If you’d like to attend, but can’t make the dates we have scheduled, let us know when you would be available. If enough people make overlapping requests, we can offer additional dates.

And without further ado, here’s what we’re offering:


Reducing Procrastination and Perfectionism

Chris will teach a quick, fun class about why we procrastinate and what we can do about it. And because perfectionism is so deeply connected with procrastination, that will be addressed as well. Students will walk away with simple techniques they can try out immediately, as well as a better understanding of motivation and behavioral change.

Date: August 23rd  

Time: 7:30 pm

Length: 60 minutes

Price: $40 per student

Audience: Students only (Note: Parents interested in this content should attend “Behavioral Change and Productivity”, the third class in “Parenting For Academic Success” series)

What Comes After High School?

Greg will cover building a list, college counselors, introduction to finances, standardized testing, what should you know about the new SAT and revised ACT, essay writing, visitations, and interviews. He will answer such questions as: What are schools looking for? Is college the right fit? What is a gap year? What about community college? How can parents help their student own the process?

Dates: July 12th and August 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

Length: 60 minutes

Price: $40 per family

Audience: Parents and students of any high school age (9th through 12th grade) looking for an introduction to college applications

Parenting For Academic Success (4-part series)

These classes are co-taught by Greg and Chris. Chris will share the ideas from psychology and neuroscience that are most relevant for parents, Greg will discuss how to apply this knowledge at home, and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Attending all four would be fantastic, but it is NOT required. Choose whichever class or classes make sense based on your interests and schedule.

Length: 90 minutes (but you may want to budget 2 hours to account for Q&A)

Price: $60 per family

Audience: Parents only

#1 Psychology and Neuroscience Essentials

Date: July 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

  • The history of the human brain: needs, emotions, and brain health
  • Positive psychology: encouraging mental health and success
  • The dynamic human brain: how the brain changes and grows
  • Growth mindset parenting: language choices and attitudes about failure
  • Self-esteem: cultivating the right kind of self-image
#2 Studying and Learning

Date: July 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

  • Test anxiety: where does it come from and what can we do about it
  • What is “studying?”: learning techniques and memory formation
  • Problem solving: technique, strategy, and the value of real breaks
  • Technology: distractions, multitasking, and tech-addiction
  • The pursuit of mastery: curiosity and depth vs. grade management
#3 Behavioral Change and Productivity

Date: July 31st

Time: 7:30 pm

  • Realism: how change actually happens
  • Using willpower wisely: habits, strategies, and reminders
  • Self-perception: how outer change drives inner change
  • Procrastination: why we do it and how to do it less
  • Perfectionism: moving away from debilitating all-or-nothing thinking
#4 Cultivating Executive Function

Date: August 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

  • Park the helicopter: how micromanaging hinders development
  • Skinned knees: what kids learn when they’re allowed to fail
  • Coaching vs. teaching: encouraging resourcefulness and independence
  • Talking with your child about school: navigating the emotional difficulties of academic conversations
  • Active agent vs. passive victim: blame, parental language, and cultivating responsibility
  • Self-efficacy: developing true confidence