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Marc Weintraub, PhD

"Emotion and Mood Management for Adolescents"

January 30, 2020

Dr. Marc Weintraub is a clinical psychologist with expertise in diagnostic assessment and treatment for adolescents and young adults with mood difficulties, anxiety, and psychosis. He received his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and his doctorate from the University of Miami. Currently, Dr. Weintraub is a clinical researcher at the UCLA Semel Institute where he has developed a transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatment for adolescents with early mood or psychotic experiences.

Leina Ball

"Compassionate Communication"

February 12, 2020

Leina will be offering an experiential session on compassionate communication. The methodology and consciousness come from nonviolent communication. This system supports authentic connection with self and others, resolving misunderstandings and conflicts, and speaking your truth in a way that is clear, powerful, and more likely to lead to harmony than conflict. Our session will involve some learning and some practice. If these quotes resonate with you or inspire curiosity this session is for you: “The highest form of human intelligence is the ability to observe without evaluating.” ~Krishnamurti “The human spirit does not wish to be fixed, rather it wishes to be seen and heard”. ~Parker Palmer “There is a room beyond rightness and wrongness; I’ll meet you there.” ~Rumi


Leina Ball has a master’s in teaching and has worked as an educator since 1998. She is a teaching consultant for the national writing project. Leina has been a student of nonviolent communication (NVC/compassionate communication) since 2011 and is currently a certification candidate to be a trainer for the center of nonviolent communication. As an educator, she sees the importance of emotional regulation and emotional literacy for learning and for thriving in one’s life and finds compassionate communication an excellent modality to support wellness.

Julie Tunick, LMFT

"Parenting Tips & Tricks: Setting Limits & Boundaries & How to Navigate Strong-Willed Children & Teens in Today's World"

March 30, 2020

A 40+ year Conejo Valley resident, Julie Tunick always knew she wanted to work with children and teens. She started college as a child development major, thinking she would teach. But, a class in family relationships changed her course. A child of divorce herself, she began her own therapy journey and completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling. Thereafter, she received her early clinical training from Alan Ludington.

Seeking to broaden her knowledge base, Julie became the program manager and administrator for Community Mental Health Services, managing intensive counseling programs for young adults, children and teens with chronic mental illness. Ultimately, Julie found her way back to working with Alan at LIFE.-- 


Julie’s work specializes in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults, struggling with school, friends, family relationships, depression, and anxiety. As a divorced single parent, Julie understands the struggles facing single parents and knows how to tailor parenting techniques to a full spectrum of circumstances.

In addition, Julie offers her expertise as a community partner to the Las Virgenes School District Community 360, which provides families greater access to mental health resources.

Julie is a very active mother of two thriving teenage sons. They enjoy baseball, the beach, and spending time outdoors.

Sandy Mcglynn, MSW

"Positive Boundary Setting With Your Teen"

April 22, 2020

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with parenting that you do or say something that leaves you (and the rest of the family) asking, “Where did that come from?” Do you want to feel more connected, present and patient with your child? Join Sandy McGlynn, ACSW as she openly explores parenting in today’s world. Sandy is a Credentialed Parent Educator, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and founder of the Parent Support Center at Horizon Hills Parenting Program where she uses an integrative therapeutic approach tailored to each individual and their specific life experiences. She offers individual parent, child and/or adolescent counseling, weekly parent support groups, and educational workshops and classes for parents. Sandy has over 25 years of professional experience working with parents and their children. If you believe in the power of relationships, resolving conflicts, moving away from traditional ways of parenting, increasing self-awareness, and improving emotional health, Sandy offers a safe space to support you on your journey to finding more peace, connection, and balance as a parent, partner, and individual. 

Bonnie Vandenberg, Certified Positive Discipline Educator

"Parenting the Positive Discipline Way"

May 12, 2020

Bonnie Vandenberg is a Workshop Facilitator, consultant and classroom educator, with her specialty in Parent/child communication. She has spent the past 25 years helping educate children, parents, school directors and teachers, with useful nonviolent communication techniques developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen and many others.


 Bonnie holds her higher education degrees in business accounting, her B.A. from UCLA in sociology and education, and several certifications; she is a certified positive discipline facilitator and has created workshops specifically to help parents/educators learn empowerment in discipline tools and further connection with children.


Besides her passion for working with families, Bonnie enjoys family time with her husband of 36 years and her two adult sons and their families. Bonnie hopes that positive discipline communication tools in your life will bring peace and harmony to your family as it has to hers and to many others.

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