Don MacMannis, Ph.D. - October 16th Luncheon on "Keys to Treating Kids with Behavior Problems"

  • October 16, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.


  • This is the standard rate for non- SB CAMFT members and guests.
  • This special discounted rate is a SB CAMFT member benefit available to current members of the Santa Barbara CAMFT Chapter.

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Register now for the October 16th luncheon. Don MacMannis, Ph.D. - Luncheon speaker on “Keys to Treating Kids with Behavior Problems.”

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This luncheon will focus on factors important to the successful treatment of kids with behavior problems. Having specialized in this work for decades, Dr. MacMannis will outline an integrative approach that helps parents turn things around and set limits with kids in effective, caring ways.


Topics covered: 

  • Applying principles from brain research and the discovery of mirror neurons
  • Understanding the nature of a child’s competing “sub-selves” around behaving
  • Factoring in diagnostics concerns and ADD
  • Differentiating between kids who are acting out at home and/or at school
  • Coaching parents in how to operate from a place of healthy detachment
  • Applying techniques of paradox, reverse psychology and humor to enhance motivation
  • Creating a collaborative new approach that’s introduced in a family meeting
  • Uncovering and addressing the effects of parents’ own childhood issues

Learning Objectives

  • Name one finding from brain research that applies to successful relationships and parenting.
  • Describe the rationale for using an integrative approach to treating strong-willedkids.
  • Define three ways to help parents handle strong emotions as a means to setting limits in a caring fashion.

Don MacMannis, Ph.D. is a child and family psychologist and Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara. He’s specialized in the treatment of children and families for over forty years. Recently winning the title of “Best Family Therapist” in a poll taken by, he’s the co-author of two award-winning books: How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family and Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant Strong-Willed Child. His 7-module online course, Parenting Spirited, Strong-Willed Kids, has been attended by parents worldwide.  

Also, a special thank you to our sponsor: Evolve Treatment Center 

Evolve Santa Barbara offers individualized mental health and substance abuse treatment with four levels of care: Intensive Outpatient, PHP / Day Treatment, Residential Treatment, and Detox. Evolve formulates an Individualized Recovery Plan that changes as progress is made, focusing on what works and capitalizing on the strengths of each person. 

Additional Notes Pertaining To Our Policy As A CE Provider:

1) This course has been designed for a mental health professional that include LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Also, Pre-licensed and Associate members may earn hours of experience for attending the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisor.

2) Refund/Cancelation Policy: Attendees may cancel registration and request a refund one week from the time of the event.

3) To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at

4) To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email

5) Course Completion Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.

6) As required by the California Board of Behavioral Science, this course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's.

7) SBCAMFT provider number (57942).

8) Santa Barbara Chapter CAMFT is Approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and content.

9) The America with Disabilites Act (ADA accomodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA compliant.

For more information and online registration, click on the following link: Don MacMannis, Ph.D. - Luncheon speaker on “Keys to Treating Kids with Behavior Problems.”


We look forward to seeing you there! 

Warm regards,

Rebecca Capps, Events Director
Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT
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