We are ConnecTEEN!

Being a teen has never been easy. But today’s youth are facing unprecedented challenges. Thirty years ago the greatest threats to teen health were drunk driving, pregnancy and illicit drugs. Today, they are anxiety, depression, suicide, self-harm, cyberbullying and serious mental health disorders. Their experience is vastly different than our own. So let’s get together and talk about it. We owe it to them to listen. To have honest conversations. And to live our way through it, together.

Zen Parenting 2024 is right for you if:

Your teen is struggling and you're not sure how to support them
Your child is about to become a teen or young adult and you want to understand the issues ahead
You want to connect with likeminded parents and caregivers having similar experiences
You're open and ready to learn new ideas from thought leaders in the field
You're seeking resources for how to communicate with and support teens on their journey to healthy adulthood

We're Talking About

Anxiety, Grief and Connection
Human Trafficking
Screen Time and Cyberbullying
Disordered Eating
BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Youth

About Cathy and Todd

You might know them as the hosts of your favorite, iTunes Top 10 podcast Zen Parenting Radio. She might be the award-winning author of your four favorite books on judgment-free zone parenting. Or maybe you’ve attended one of their fabulous Zen Parenting Conferences or other events! Cathy Cassani Adams, LCSW, CPC, CYT and Todd Adams, certified life and leadership coach and executive director of MenLiving are proud to welcome you to Zen Parenting 2024: ConnecTEEN.

Zen Parenting 2024 Guest Speakers

Dr. Shefali

Conscious Parenting of
our Teens

Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon

 Getting to the Heart of

Michelle Icard

Supporting the Transition from
Middle School to High School

Dr. John Duffy

Connecting with Teens in the
Age of Anxiety

Dr. Devorah Heitner

Navigating Screen Time and

Casandra Townsel, LCSW

Understanding Human Trafficking |
Advocating for Neurodiversity

Kendra DeFrank, MA, LCPC

Addressing eating disorders

Lisa Carroll, MS, RD, LDN

Addressing eating disorders

Jay Alvarez, LSW

What BIPOC & LGBTQ+ Youth
Want Us to Know

Michelle Anderson

Living Well and Slowing Down

Lauren Massarella

Living Well and Slowing Down

Friday Night Deep Dive with Dr. Shefali

This special evening is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the author of three NYT best-selling books on conscious parenting whose work has been endorsed as “revolutionary” by Oprah. Dr. Shefali is joining us for Zen Parenting 2024, and is offering a Deep Dive session on Friday evening, in addition to her keynote on Saturday. Add this experience to your registration for just $50 and bring your questions as we get real and tackle topics to help guide us in creating an environment for our teens to embrace their authentic selves. All Deep Dive registrants receive a hardcover copy of Dr. Shefali’s international bestseller The Parent Map.

Registration: $350

Add on: Deep Dive with Dr. Shefali: $50

Conference Schedule

January 26, 2024

1:00 pm – Welcome
1:10 pmScreens & Technology – Dr. Devorah Heitner
2:00 pm – 

Disordered Eating – Kendra DeFrank, MA, LCPC &
Lisa Carroll, MS, RD, LDN

3:00 pm Break & Book Signing (Heitner)

3:30 pm – BIPOC LGBTQ+ – Jay Alvarez, LSW
4:00 pm Human Trafficking – Casandra Townsel, LCSW
4:30 – 6:00 pm – Dinner on your own
6:00 pm – Messy Conversations with Cathy and Todd
7:00 pm – Relationships – Dr. Alexandra Solomon
7:45 pmBreak & Book Signing (Solomon)
8:00 pm – Optional Ticketed Event: Deep Dive with Dr. Shefali
9:00 pm – Event Concludes

January 27, 2024

7:00 am – Optional: Morning Yoga
8:30 am – Morning kickoff with Cathy and Todd
9:00 am – Keynote: The Conscious Teen Parent – Dr. Shefali
10:30 am – Break and Book Signing (Shefali)
11:00 am – Middle School to High School – Michelle Icard
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Neurodiversity – Casandra Townsel, LCSW
2:15 pm – 

Grief, Comfort and Living Well –
Michelle Anderson & Lauren Massarella

3:00 pm - Break
3:15 pm – Teen Anxiety - Dr. John Duffy
4:00 pm –  
Discussion Panel: Cathy and Todd, Michelle Icard & Dr. John Duffy
4:30 pm – Wrap Up – Cathy & Todd
4:45-5pmBook Signing (Icard, Duffy, Adams)

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