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I have over 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools, and community groups. I am a clinician, parenting coach, college professor, and public speaker. I have developed a number of parenting seminars, including this favorite: Adolescent Psychology-The Parent Version, which I have presented at hundreds of schools and businesses. I have a unique brand of "infotainment," using humor, storytelling, and sending parents home with a "goody bag" of helpful techniques.

Since I hate sitting in an office, I have decided that coaching parents can be done anywhere. Getting a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop; meeting in parents homes; or going to a parent's workplace, are all fine with me. A good cup of coffee and a good talk can heal all wounds. When parents need help, it doesn't matter how far they are away from me. Skyping (although that means I have to put on a little make-up), or a phone call can bring us as close as the neighborhood coffee shop. My coaching philosophy, like my book, is to figure out the problem fast, and provide an effective strategy before the hour is up.

My favorite way of helping parents is with my "Ask The Expert" parties. Think Tupperware parties for parents. A group of parents who are either all friends who have teenagers, or groups of parents whose teens are all friends, get together for a little food, and a little "Joani." Parents come together, looking for answers as they struggle with the perennial issues of teen "sex, drugs, and rock and roll, add a dash of cellphone addiction, teen attitude and let's call it a "party."

I have been teaching at Curry College for over 20 years. My students have been my best teachers when it comes to keeping current with the teen experience. Changes in technology occur daily. Like playing a challenging game of whack-a-mole, parents must always be ahead of the newest "app."

Joani has given seminars at the following locations:

Wayland Youth Commission
Christian Youth Education Lynnfield
Harvard University Medical School Staff
Children's Hospital, Dept of Adolescent Med.
Bedford Youth Commission
Temple B'Nai Torah
Jewish Big Brother Big Sister
Temple Beth Am
Temple Shir Tikva

Nobles and Greenough School (4 consecutive years)
Buckingham Brown and Nichols Middle School (3 consecutive years)
Fessenden School (2 years)
The Rivers School
Dana Hall School

Dunkin Donuts Corp Copyright Clearing Center
Fresenious Medical Products
WR Grace
Flir Corporation

Wellesley High School
Wellesley Middle School
Newton North High School
Newton High Schools and Middle Schools
Galvin Middle School, Wakefield
Algonquin Regional High School
Natick High School and Middle Schools(2 consecutive years)
Lincoln/Sudbury High School and Middle School
Bellingham Middle School
Bellingham Middle and High School
Kennedy School, Somerville
Zeh School-Northborough-All Elementary schools
Trottier Middle School-Southborough
Milford High School and Middle School
Foxboro Middle School
Norwood Middle School
Mansfield Middle School
Beverly High School
Medfield High School
Sharon High School
Milton High School
Medway High School
O'Donnell Middle school, Stoughton
Horace Mann Middle School, Franklin
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