Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK is excited to bring you the second All In Parenting Conference for the 2016-2017 school year. Our conference in November focused on adolescents and teenagers. This upcoming conference has been designed primarily for parents of elementary school children.

There is no cost to attend the conference. If you are able, please join us at 5:30 pm for fellowship and food. We will go to our first session at 5:50. This will be Dr. Dicky Barlow’s talk, “Building a Lasting Legacy with Your Children.” Dr. Barlow presented this talk at the fall conference and it was extremely well-received by parents.

Following Dr. Barlow’s presentation, parents will have the opportunity to attend three additional 30-minute talks from a menu of options. (See below). Please note: If you are unable to be present for the entire evening, please feel free to come late or leave early and catch the talks as you are able.

Gathering 5:30-5:45: PLEASE COME EARLY FOR FOOD!
General Session 5:50-6:20: Dr. Barlow
Breakout Session I 6:25-6:55
Breakout Session II 6:58-7:28
Breakout Session II 7:30-8:00

Read below about the talks we are offering. For each breakout slot (Session I, II, III) pick the talk you plan to attend.


You may revisit this link later to change your choices. You should receive a confirmation email after you register. You will be able to print your schedule and bring it with you to remind yourself of the talks you have chosen.


Building a Legacy with Your Children

(General Session, 5:50 PM)

Dr. Dicky Barlow, Superintendent of Mountain Brook Schools

Legacies are built through relationships.  What is it that children need from their parents? How can we help our children grow into adults who offer depth and beauty to our world?

Dr. Dicky Barlow

Dr. Dicky Barlow is superintendent of Mountain Brook Schools . Dr. Barlow received his B.S. and Certification in Science Education and Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision at Georgia State University. He earned his Ed.S. in Educational Administration at the University of Montevallo and his doctorate at Samford University. 

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Stay Strong

An Educator’s Tips for Successful Parenting through the Elementary Years (Sessions I, II, III)

Laurie King, Principal, Crestline Elementary

Laurie King

Parenting is the most important job there is and yet it can be the most difficult. This session will touch on ways to raise independent, resourceful and thoughtful children.  An educator for 34 years, Mrs. King hopes to remind parents of the importance of a few key parenting tips.

Laurie King has been in education for 34 years.  She has served as Principal at Crestline Elementary seven years.  She previously served as a special education teacher, reading coach, and assistant principal. Her undergraduate degree is from Auburn University with a Master’s Degree, Reading Certification, and Administrative Certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Mrs. King lives in Vestavia Hills, Alabama with her husband.  Her three daughters are 29, 26, and 22 and live nearby.


Three Tools for Taming Social Media (Session I only)

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

The explosion of ownership and use of personal digital devices in recent years has left many parents concerned and bewildered. What dangers do these technologies pose to our children? How can parents encourage safety and good citizenship among their children, while acknowledging the potential for positive use of social media and digital

Dale Wisely, Ph.D.
Dale Wisely


Dale 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 33 years. 



Friends & Frenemies

Helping Your Child Navigate Social Status and Relational Aggression (Sessions I, II, III)

Alice Churnock,Licensed Professional Counselor

As children grow and change, so do their relationships. Friends deemed sweet and trustworthy, can slip into the ‘frenemy’ category seemingly overnight. As adults, we recognize the warning signs, but for a child understanding and admitting those changes may result in dreaded social suicide. Learn how to help your child differentiate between types of friends and how to communicate with your child on healthy relationships.

Alice Churnock

Alice Haygood Churnock is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She specializes in counseling adolescents and parents in areas relating to behavior modification, depression, eating disorders and body image, as well as stress and anger management.  With a strong background in public speaking, Alice has been invited to lead seminars both nationally and internationally. 


Looking Forward to Junior High (Sessions I, II, III)

Donald Clayton and Junior High Staff

As part of the bridge from childhood toward independence, Mountain Brook Junior High pledges to inspire academic and personal excellence and responsibility, foster growth and self-confidence, appreciate individuality and broaden perspectives, and promote service and honor so that every student finds his/her place. In this presentation, members of the administrative staff of Mountain Brook Junior High will offer insights into how parents can support their children as they look forward to junior high.

Donald Clayton has been in education for fourteen years and is beginning his fourth year as Principal of Mountain Brook Junior High.  Before serving as Principal, Donald was the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at MBJH for one year.  Prior to his move to Mountain Brook Schools, he worked at Oak Mountain High School in many different roles. 

Raising the Athlete of the Future

What is Inbounds or Out-of-bounds? (Sessions I, II, II)

Bhrett McCabe, Ph.D. and Meighan Julbert, M.S., The Mindside

There is so much conflicting information on what is the appropriate role of a parent with their youth athlete. Is it dangerous to be too involved in sports? With multiple sports? One sport? In this presentation, The MindSide will review some common guidelines to help you effectively parent and support your youth athlete. It is time to ignore the posts on Facebook and instead, trust in how to effectively parent your athlete for long-term success.

Bhrett McCabe, Ph.D. & Meighan Julbert, MS

Bhrett McCabe, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and sports and performance psychologist who works with leaders on the PGA, LPGA, and golf tours, local leading Division I athletic departments, and professional athletes across the NBA, NFL, and professional sports. Meighan Julbert, MS, is a Mental Skills Consultant through The MindSide, and she has demonstrated continual excellence and ability to connect with athletes throughout the developmental ages all the way through collegiate athletic departments, and specializes in the nature that coaches can better influence outcomes through detailed coaching styles. The MindSide is a sports and performance psychology practice that specializes in the psychological influences and predictors of human performance. Located in Birmingham, its website is

Fight Fat Talk:

Promoting Healthy Behavior Without Body Obsession (Sessions I, II)

Caroline Sasser, MSW LCSW

Join therapist Caroline Sasser for a discussion exploring cultural and personal expectations for your child’s healthy development. Conversation will focus on your role in supporting positive body image, food choices and exercise during the elementary school aged years.

Caroline Sasser, MSW LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who treats adolescents,

Caroline Sasser

college students and adults in individual, family, and relationship counseling.  Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, self-esteem/body image challenges, broken or strained relationships, anxiety, and depression.  As an Eating Disorder Specialist, she gained hands on experience as a primary therapist and body image specialist at a treatment center for eating disorders.  She is a member of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association), NASW (National Association of Social Workers), ASCSW (Alabama Society for Clinical Social Work), and a collaborative member of Integrative Women’s Care (

How You Can Help Your Child Learn to Listen (Sessions II & III)

Dale Wisely, Ph.D.

Dale Wisely, Ph.D.
Dale Wisely, Ph.D.

You’re not listening!! How many times have I told you?! These are nearly universal utterances from parents, often bewildered that their kids just won’t listen. In this talk, Dr. Wisely will present the idea that parents often inadvertently train their kids NOT to listen. He will offer developmental perspectives that suggest that children have to develop the ability to listen effectively. Finally, Dr. Wisely will offer some specific strategies for parents to be heard by their children.

Dale 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 33 years.

Understanding Executive Functioning:

Strategies to Help Your Child with Decision-Making and Self-Control. (Sessions I & II)

Laura Grigsby Witcher, MA

In this presentation, parents will learn  what executive function skills deficits are like for a child. Cherokee Bend counselor Laura Witcher will provide examples of ways that a parent can assist their child in further developing skills through scaffolding, modeling, direct teaching, and positive follow-through strategies.

Laura Witcher

Laura Grigsby Witcher is the School Counselor at Cherokee Bend Elementary School. Previous experience includes Counselor at Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights, Grief and Loss Counselor with The Amelia Center, and teacher at Berry Middle School.  Laura has nineteen years of experience in education, fourteen of which is in counseling. 
Laura earned her undergraduate degree at Birmingham-Southern College and her graduate degree at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2007, Mrs. Witcher achieved her National Board Certified Teacher – School Counseling Early Childhood – Young Adulthood certification. Mrs. Witcher remains active in several professional organizations such as the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Play Therapy (APT), and their state and local chapters.



Thank you! See you there.