On this website, you can learn about my clinical practice and work with schools conducting assessments and training; social skills programs; consultation services; and continuing education training opportunities for mental health and education professionals. You can also review my background and experience, and learn about current projects.
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LUNCH Groups® Program Information
We have three summer programs for ages 6-11, 8-13, and 14-18. Click here for more detailed information. Briefly, it is organized in a similar manner to our school year program, however is more heavily focused on improving social skills in community settings. We continue to target effective conversations, emotional control, attentional skills, and productive problem solving as primary areas to address, depending upon the individual student’s needs.
Our treatment model is based upon a blend of social cognition and social modeling, cognitive-behavior, and antecedent-based contingency management theories. Essentially, we identify individual student strengths and use these as models for the other students to notice and practice similar behaviors. This is done in a setting that combines a camp-like atmosphere with structured learning activities. Our most recent summer data indicated that 93% of families reported their children made at least one major behavior change during during the course of the program.
Adult Group Openings
We have four adult programs, two in WLA and two in Encino. We currently have openings in Adult WLA #1 (weekly) and Adult Encino #2 (2nd/4th Thursdays). Click here for more information about these programs. The two programs operate a bit differently from one another. The WLA program meets every Monday in a restaurant from 4-5pm, while the Encino program meets twice monthly for 2.5 hours (office then dinner).
I have been in private clinical practice in California since 1988. I started practicing in Boston after completing my training at Boston Children's Hospital. At the time I was providing services to children with special needs while working in geriatrics (an interesting practice, to say the least!). I relocated to Los Angeles to accept a position at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. After maintaining a private practice for 15 years in the Cedars-Sinai area, I relocated to Encino (San Fernando Valley) right next door to Gelsons Market. I searched quite a bit before coming up with this location, which I custom-built to suit my practice needs. It is on the ground floor of a low-key courtyard-style building.