family education events

  • The San Mateo Union High School District and all of its schools host numerous family education events throughout the year. From college planning to teenage mental health, from how to help your teen navigate their four years of high school to how to address substance abuse, we have family education events on important relevant teen topics. And very importantly, they are often free to very low cost.

    We hope you join us for as many of these family events as possible.

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Upcoming / Recorded Events

  • Beyond Warriors and Worriers: Reducing Anxiety Around Test-Taking

    • Thursday, May 5, 2022, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT, Online Event (Webinar)
    • Presenter: Ned Johnson, Author, Test Prep Expert, Founder of PrepMatters
    • Register:
    • Free admission.

    • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

    How does stress impact testing performance, whether your child is a "warrior" or a "worrier"? Join Ned Johnson, bestselling author of The Self-Driven Child, speaker, and test prep expert, to learn how to reduce student anxiety in test-taking situations.

    This presentation is sponsored by M-A PTASequoia Union High School DistrictSequoia Healthcare DistrictPeninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

    Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

    Staying Sturdy in Troubled Times

    • Friday, May 6, 2022, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Presented by: Dr. Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.; J. Cohen, LCSW; Ben Geilhufe, LPCC; & Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, M.D.
    • Zoom Information (RSVP required) - RSVP to: to receive the zoom link

    The UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center is offering a workshop for parents and caregivers of transgender and gender expansive youth, funded by a grant from the SF Department of Public Health. Workshops are free to participants. 

    We are fortunate to live in the state of California, to date protected from the attacks in other states on gender-affirming medical care and on families who support their children to live in their authentic gender. Yet there is no doubt a trickle-down effect for all of us--families, providers, and children and youth alike. We would like to make a space for parents and caregivers to come together to talk with us about the political climate around us and building supports among us as we care for the gender-expansive/trans/non-binary children and adolescents in our lives.

    Decoding the Mental Health Messages of Children and Adolescents

    • Monday, May 9, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    • Presenter: Dr. Aubrey Uresti

    As students, families, educators, and school communities work to renegotiate “normal,” we must also continue to unpack the meaning and impact of this time on the intrapersonal and interpersonal health of children and adolescents.

    This session will:

    • Identify signs and symptoms of common mental health concerns that affect children and adolescents
    • Explore the distinction between developmentally normative patterns and those that may reflect higher than expected levels of distress
    • Present strategies that parents and caregivers can employ to support successful coping and maintain healthy communication with their child.

    Learn more and register.

    This workshop is part of a series of workshops offered during California's third annual California StudentMental Health Week (CSMHW) - May 9-13, 2022. This workshop, curriculum, inservice materials and socialmedia post suggestions are provided to you on behalf of the California Association of School Counselors.

    Series: Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents

    The San Mateo County Office of Education is co-sponsoring a series of parent workshops with Adolescent Counseling Services and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency to provide families with information on how to raise healthy children and adolescents.

    Spanish interpretation will be provided. Learn more.

    Fentanyl Prevention EducationL How to Help Teens Make Healthy Decisions

    • Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Speaker: Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention Solutions (Betty Ford Hazeldon Foundation)
    • Register
    • Free admission.
    • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

    How can we prevent fentanyl (opioid) use in adolescents?  Attend this event to better understand the risks of intentional and unintentional fentanyl use among teens. Learn what each parent and caregiver can do to protect their students from these risks while promoting their health.

    This presentation is sponsored by Woodside PTSASequoia Union High School DistrictSequoia Healthcare DistrictPeninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

    Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

    Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions in Children and Youth

    • Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Speaker: Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, UCSB
    • Register
    • Free admission.
    • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.


    Mental health is an important part of children’s overall health and well-being. What should parents know about severe mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and more?  

    Attend this webinar to learn more about severe mental health conditions in children and youth.

    This special event is sponsored by generous donors from Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation and San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

    Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

    Event Recordings

    What Do you Say? Talking with Kids to Build Stress Tolerance and Motivation 

    If you're a parent, you've likely had conversations when you thought, "How did that go so badly?" The good news is that effective communication can be cultivated, learned, and taught. William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson have 60 years combined experience talking to kids one-on-one, and the most common question they get when speaking to parents and educators is: What do you say?

    In their new book, What Do You Say?, Stixrud and Johnson show how to engage in respectful and effective dialogue, beginning with the basic principles of listening and speaking. They share new ways to handle thorny topics like boundaries around technology, anxiety, sleep and the brain, motivation, and family problem-solving.

    William Stixrud, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School. He is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation.

    Watch the recording.

    Community Resiliency Model Training

    The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® is a mental health training for parents, caregivers, and community members to support families and their wider social network. The primary focus of this skills-based program is to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system in order to bring the body, mind, and spirit back into greater balance.

    CRM® Trainers:

    • Mary McGrath, Executive Director of Safe and Supportive Schools, SMCOE
    • Molly Henricks, Coordinator of School Safety and Risk Prevention, SMCOE
    • Shana Karashima, Coordinator of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, SUHSD

    This two-part workshop (Part 1 and Part 2) focuses on the six CRM wellness skills, as well as the neuroscience behind the model. CRM is sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education and Sequoia Union High School District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

    CRM Training: Part 1

    CRM Training: Part 2

    How to They/Them: A Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns

    What does nonbinary really mean? What is gender nonconforming? And isn't they a plural pronoun? Stuart Getty, a real-life, they-using genderqueer writer, unpacks all your burning questions in a fun, visual way.

    Watch the recording.

    The Neuroscience of Addiction with Dr. Anna Lembke, Stanford University

    Anna Lembke, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine, appeared in the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma. This webinar takes a hard look at the impact of social media, video games, and technology on our brains.

    Watch the recording.

    Family Talk: Vaping Webinar 

    A live panel of presenters from SMFCSD and SMUHSD will be hosting the discussion. All of the presenters work in the field of Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) and work with youth directly. 

    Watch the recording.

    Topics included:

    • What are vapes and what do they contain?
    • What are the health risks?
    • Why do teens use them?
    • How can you help a young person who is using nicotine?

    Mira la grabación Foro Virtual De Familias Latinas:  Regreso a la escuela 

    Temas incluidos:

    • Las cuatro Pilares para Reapertura de Escuelas
    • Cuestionario de Salud y Toma de Temperatura
    • Pruebas
    • Modelo educativo
    • Otros temas de importancia

    Additional Recordings

    The Parent Venture Webinar Recordings can be found in their video library. Recordings from other presenters can be found below. 

    Parenting Adolescents in the Time of Covid
    A discussion on navigating relationships with teenagers in current times.    

    Presenter: Katherine K. Peterson, Ph.D., Licensed Educational Psychologist

    Rooted in compassion for parents during these bizarre and challenging times, Licensed Educational Psychologist Dr. Katherine Peterson will review practical tips for engaging and connecting with your teenager, offering resources for families to connect with one another and share their collective wisdom.

    Watch the February 24, 2021 recording.

    Student Success in Distance Learning

    Watch the September 1, 2020 recording

    Presentation: English|Spanish

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Parent Support Groups

  • Children's Health Council Presents Parent Support Groups
    The Children's Health Council provides life changing services for learning differences and mental health for children, teens and young adults.
    Learn more about their Parent Support Groups, which include: 
    • Learning Differences Parent Support Group 
    • Anxiety Parent Support Group 
    • ADHD Parent Support Group