ALL IN PARENTING 2015: The All In Mountain Brook Parenting Conference



Mountain Brook High School
Thursday, November 12, 2015

5:30 PM-8:15 PM

We are excited to bring you the first All In Parenting Conference. You are cordially invited! We will offer this for all parents of children K-12 (grandparents welcome, too!) at Mountain Brook High School on Thursday, November 12, 2015, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:15 p.m. ALL IN has scheduled nine workshops for that evening. Those who attend the conference will be able to choose three workshops to attend during three sessions.

Introduction/Orientation: 5:30-5:45
Session I: 5:50-6:35
Session II: 6:40-7:25
Session III: 7:30-8:15

REGISTER: To register for the conference, click here. Before you do, browse through the workshop descriptions below. When you register, we will ask you for your workshop preferences.

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Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. We need to all work together to help our community’s youth!




 Lee Keyes, Ph.D. Executive Director of Counseling Center, University of Alabama

The first year of college is exciting and challenging, for both students and their families. In this program we will cover common issues faced by both, as well as some unexpected landmines that may appear. We will also identify ingredients for a successful and healthy transition to college life.

KeyesLee Keyes, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 1991 and has been employed by The University of Alabama since then. Between 1991 and 1999 he served as a Staff Psychologist, and as Executive Director of the Counseling Center from 1999 to the present. Dr. Keyes has interests in the administration of college mental health services, late adolescent and adult general psychotherapy, stress and adjustment of college students, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention and reduction. He is also involved in providing outreach services regarding the emotional health of college students, consultation services for those who are concerned about the well-being of college students and the development of college mental health services, and training of mental health professionals.


Rabbi Jonathan Miller and Judith Schulman Miller, LCSW, LMFT

Setting limits with love is about the conversation that builds respectful and loving relationships and dialogue, while setting limits to create safety for our kids.  You will leave this workshop excited and empowered, with specific skills to navigate the challenges of setting limits more effectively.

millersRabbi Jonathan Miller has provided enthusiastic leadership for Temple Emanu-El since 1991. Previously, he served as a rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles and Temple Shalom in Auckland, New Zealand. Rabbi Miller was ordained in 1982 at the New York Campus of  the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, where he has received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity and a a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters.   Rabbi Miller graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Rabbi Miller is married to Judith Schulman-Miller, and they have three children: Rabbi Aaron and his wife Lauren, Alana, and Benjamin. Rabbi Miller is a member of the Board of Directors of All In Mountain Brook.

Judith Schulman Miller, LCSW, LMFT has been in private practice in Mountain Brook for the last 25 years, specializing in relationship issues.  She has taught in the Department of Psychiatry at UAB Medical School and has conducted communication and parenting workshops both locally and nationally.


(Session I, II, or III)

Mary Halsey Maddox, M.D., Children’s of Alabama, UAB Dept. of Pediatrics

Health care researchers have established that, in order to function at their best, teenagers require an average of more than 9 hours sleep per night. Very few teenagers get that amount of sleep. As a result, almost all teenagers exist in a state of sleep deprivation, which impairs academic performance, athletic performance, and their ability to avoid accidents, including automobile accidents, the leading cause of death among teenagers. In this presentation, parents will learn about the problem of teen sleep deprivation and some of the steps parents may take to address the problem.


Mary Halsey Maddox, M.D. is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the Department of Pediatrics at UAB.  She is board certified in both pediatrics and sleep medicine after receiving her degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is an assistant professor of sleep medicine at her alma mater.  She is co-author of “Epidemiology of Sleep Medicine” a chapter in Principles and Practices of Sleep Medicine, 6th Ed. currently in press. She has presented issues related to sleep and adolescents/children at numerous medical divisions, societies and symposiums. She is also a Mountain Brook Mom!



(Session I, II, or III)

Alice Haygood Churnock, LPC, Covenant Counseling Center

In a privileged culture, there may be too much of a good thing. As parents, discuss the importance of raising our children to embrace the gifts they are given, while creating a deeper sense of character that establishes the foundation of identity and self-worth.

churnockAlice Haygood Churnock is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with Covenant Counseling and Education Center. A graduate of Auburn University and UAB, Alice has a strong background in public speaking but her first love is counseling adolescents and parents in areas related to behavior modification, relationship enhancement and emotional concerns. Alice is a member of the Board of Directors of All In Mountain Brook.



(Session I, II, or III)

Presenter: J. Sándor Cheka, III, Addiction Prevention Coalition

In this presentation, parents will learn about current trends in drug abuse in the community and how they affect our youth. Parents will learn about warning signs and symptoms and how they can help their children avoid drug problems and steps to take if they suspect a drug problem. Parents will also receive practical information on how to promote an ongoing dialogue with their kids about drugs.

sandorSándor Cheka, III, Executive Director of the Addiction Prevention Coalition, strives to serve those on the margins of society. As the Executive Director of Addiction Prevention Coalition, he strives to find ways that the community can work together to address the growing need for substance abuse issues. The organization was recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services as a “coalition to model.” Sándor has also consulted with SAMHSA to speak nationwide on the topic of building community collaborations. Rev. Cheka holds a B.S. from Samford University and two Masters degrees from Mercer University in Business Administration and Divinity.


(Session I only)


(Session II or III)

Jana Lee, Counselor, Mountain Brook Junior High

Learn ways to support your child’s study habits by exploring different ways that children learn and how to play to your child’s individual strengths.  We will also look at the way brain development affects the way a child learns and recalls information for assignments and assessments, and how organization is the first step to good study habits.

janaleeJana Lee is a new member to the MBJH Counseling Department as the 7th grade counselor.  She holds her B.M.Ed. from Auburn University and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama.  She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of School Counseling. Jana spent the last 19 years teaching and counseling middle school and junior high students, and also has experience teaching at the elementary school level. She is the proud mother of three elementary school children and is married to a high school principal, so she is immersed in education at all levels.


(Session I, II, or III)

Dale Wisely, Ph.D.. Director of Student Services, Mountain Brook Schools

We often think of parenting as a set of skills and techniques. By overemphasizing that aspect of being a parent, we may neglect the messages we want to convey to our children and teenagers. In this talk, drawing on more than 30 years as a child and family psychologist, Dr. Wisely will offer 10 examples of things to say to our children.

dalewisely.headshot2Dale Wisely Ph.D. is Director of Student Services and Community Education at Mountain Brook Schools  and has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for more than 30 years. At the school system, he directs counseling and guidance, nursing and student health, at-risk programs and parent and community education, among other duties. Dr. Wisely earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis and completed his clinical residency at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Charleston, WV.



(Session I, II, or III)

Sarah Siebels, Rachel Fry, Ph.D., Cameron Cole, Mark Williams

Parents are increasingly concerned and often bewildered by trends in social media use among youth. Although there are clearly benefits from the use of social media, abuses are abundant and can lead to significant difficulties for youth and their families. In this presentation, our panel will provide an overview of trends in social media among youth, and offer some concrete suggestions to parents about encouraging good digital citizenship in their families.

siebelsSarah Seibels is Associate Youth Director at Cathedral Church of the Advent. Sarah was born and raised here in Birmingham and grew up attending the Advent. For the last few years she has been in Charlottesville where she graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Art History and Economics.

fryRachel Fry, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in practice in Birmingham.. She earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Samford University and completed her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Alabama. Dr. Fry completed her internship at UAB and the Birmingham VA Hospital.

coleCameron Cole 
has a B.A. in Latin and English and an M.A. in Education, all from Wake Forest; and he is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been the Director of Youth Ministries since December of 2005. Cameron is a member of the All In Mountain Brook Board of Directors.

williamsMark Williams serves as the youth director at Mountain Brook Community Church.

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