Scratching your head wondering “Why do they act this way?” Then mark your calendar for 11/17 and save your seat!

Join us for this 90 minute information-packed workshop featuring guest expert speakers Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW, and Susan Malcolm, LCSW, with Centerpoint Founder Andy Mishkin. Learn strategies to better understand and navigate communication, emotions, brain functioning and positivity in parenting. A rare and unique opportunity to get in front of three experts and the best part is that it is FREE and open to the public! All you have to do is RSVP because space is limited. Register here to save your seat! 
Communication for Parenting with Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Why do kids act that way? When we understand how brains work we can do a better job guiding (but not controlling!) children’s behavior. Learn about the factors that affect behavior and how to improve communication. With a focus on connection and relationship you can help build emotionally intelligent homes and communities. 

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW is a parent educator and author of the award-winning book, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children. She writes full time for ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the well-being of babies and young children. Sarah is also Mom to a tweenaged son who gives her plenty of opportunities to take her own advice.


Emotion Regulation and Essential Oils with
Susan Malcolm, LCSW
Have you ever taken a big sniff and been transported to a feeling or memory? Our sense of smell is directly connected to parts of our brain that deal with emotions. Because of this, aromatherapy is a great tool to help the WHOLE family navigate big feelings. During this segment, I will teach you how our family came to use essential oils to promote healthy coping and a positive frame of mind. We will learn a smidge of brain function, a dollop of oil science, and do a LOT of sampling. Workshop participants will leave with a small inhaler of their favorite scent.



Sue Malcolm is a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in Portland. She started as a distributor of essential oil products two years ago when powerful personal experiences led her to dive into the research of aromatherapy. Learn more about her here:


The Power of the Positive in Teaching, Sharing and Learning with Andy Mishkin, Centerpoint Martial Arts Founder
Andy will share three simple techniques that we use regularly in our classes: “highlighting”, “spotlighting” and “Praise-Correct-Praise”. He’ll unpack each method and use them as springboards to transform your view of how children learn and how our communication with our children can serve their growth.

Andy Mishkin has twenty-seven years of martial arts, outdoor leadership and academic teaching experience and has learned first hand about the Power of Positivity in guiding thousands of children and youth to be their best thought his career. Andy has a BS in Psychology from Bowdoin College, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts and is a certified facilitator of the science-based Leadership and Resiliency Youth Development Program.

Centerpoint Martial Arts Studio
65 Gray Rd. • West Falmouth Crossing
Falmouth, ME 04105

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