ALL IN PARENTING FALL 2017 (Presentations)

all in parenting:
Fall 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Mountain Brook High School

ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK is excited to bring you All In Parenting: Fall 2017 Conference.This is our third annual parenting conference, featuring topics related to parenting adolescents and teenagers. PLEASE NOTE: In February, ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK will host a similar conference with workshop sessions designed primarily for parents of elementary school children. However ALL parents, grades K-12, are encouraged to attend this event. Get ahead of those teenager issues!

There is no cost to attend the conference.  You will go directly to your first session at 5:30. Each of the 3 sessions is 45 minutes.

IMPORTANT: You do not have to attend the entire conference. If you are unable to arrive for session I, come to sessions II & III. If you can’t stay for the entire event, that’s fine, too.

Session I 5:30-6:20
Session II 6:25-7:10
Session III 7:15-8:00

Read below about the talks we are offering. For each time slot (Session I, II, III) pick the talk you plan to attend.  Most talks will be repeated at least once, with exceptions as noted.

When you have read about the talks and decided which ones you want to attend, click here to register.  This is to register for SPECIFIC PRESENTATIONS you plan to attend. So, if you’re already let us know you plan to come, please register again!

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.


Too Much Of a Good Thing:
Raising Your Child Against the Ladder of “Success” 

Rev. Rich Webster

Every gift has a “shadow side,” and this is no exception in a driven, success-oriented community. This talk is intended to highlight the pitfalls and dangers of excessive expectation and healthy alternatives for relationship building.

The Reverend Rich Webster has been the Rector (Senior Minister) Of Saint Luke’s in Crestline since 2004, and with Ellen has raised two children in the Mt Brook School System. He is both a fan and an advocate for children.

Power Dinners: The Art of Table Conversations with Our Children

Dr. Dicky Barlow

Dr. Dicky Barlow

The power of the family dinner is well-documented in social sciences research. Families who sit down together for meals have a lower incidence of alcohol and drug abuse among the kids and other types of risky behavior. In addition, the family dinner provides opportunities to build values and character. In this talk, Dr. Dicky Barlow will offer suggestions about an approach to getting the most out of the family meal.

Richard “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. 

Parenting and Social Media

Dr. Andrea Hendricks

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 teenagers, while acknowledging the potential for positive use of social media and digital technology?

Andrea HendricksPh.D. is a clinical psychologist who practices in Mountain Brook. She works with adults, adolescents, and couples through a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, pain management, and weight management. She enjoys working with adolescents dealing with life/school stress, body image issues, and decision-making.

Exit Strategies: How to Help Your Teenager Avoid and Escape Dangerous Situations with Peers

Dale Wisely, Ph.D.

Your teenager wants to do the right thing. Most of the time, at least. One night, your kid looks around and realizes he or she is in a risky situation. In the car with a reckless driver. At a gathering where teenagers are drinking. Your teenager wants out but doesn’t know how to get out without embarrassment or being seen as uncool. In this talk, Dr. Wisely will outline a method of raising our kids to have the skills to recognize, avoid, and gracefully get away from dangerous situations.

Dale Wisely, Ph.D. is Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools and has been a child & adolescent psychologist for 35 years.

Continue. When you have read about the talks and decided which ones you want to attend, click here to register.  This is to register for SPECIFIC PRESENTATIONS you plan to attend.

Liabilities of Raising Teenagers

Judge K. C. Hairston
Officer Scott Hall
Greg Foster

With the ever-changing landscape of technology, transportation, and trends, this session is intended to keep parents up-to-date on the latest information and potential liabilities related to the following topics (and any others that participants want to discuss):

  • DUI / Designated Drivers / Uber
  • Speeding / Traffic Violations / Insurance Premiums
  • House Parties / Serving Alcohol to Minors
  • State and Local Cell Phone Laws / Texting While Driving

Please join us for this session as Officer Scott Hall, Mountain Brook Judge K.C. Hairston and Attorney Greg Foster provide an interactive panel and parent discussion on what we are doing and what we need to be doing as a community to address these issues and the potential liabilities.


Judge K.C. Hairston lives in Mountain Brook with his wife and four children.  He serves as a Municipal Judge for Birmingham and Mountain Brook.


Greg Foster is a local attorney specializing in representing individuals and families that have experienced injury, death or property damage.  Greg and his wife have a daughter who attends Mountain Brook Jr. High.

Officer Scott Hall
has been a Mountain Brook police officer for 14 years and is currently the School Resource officer for Mountain Brook Junior High.  Officer Hall and his wife have four children.

The Fruits of Successful Parenting:  How Great Kids are Raised

Jerry and Amanda Hood

Jerry and Amanda Hood, as educators, have worked with countless teenagers, experience which has allowed them to know some great kids. In this presentation, the Hoods, who are raising four children of their own, will share the parenting practices they have noted among the parents of their most successful students.

Jerry Hood is a retired educator, athletic director, and head football coach from the Birmingham area. He has worked for over thirty years with families to develop students and student-athletes into productive young adults through athletics. He is currently volunteer coaching at Briarwood Christian School and marketing sports apparel with Team Sports.

Amanda Hood is the principal at Mountain Brook High School. She has served as a school administrator in the Birmingham area for the past 20 years after teaching math at the high school level. She also had the opportunity to coach young women and work with a variety of clubs and student organizations throughout her time in education.

Jerry and Amanda have four children ages 12, 14 17, and 18.

E-cigs, Vaping, & Tobacco: What We Know 

Susan Walley, M.D.

In a recent survey of Mountain Brook students, 25% said they had used e-cigs or vaped in the last 12 months, compared to 14% who said they had smoked cigarettes.  In this presentation, Susan Walley, M.D., an expert on the effects of tobacco and vaping on health, will provide parents with the best information about the health implications of e-cigs and tobacco.

Susan Walley, M.D. is a pediatrician and hospitalist at UAB Department of Pediatrics/Children’s Hospital. She has extensive experience in caring for patients with asthma and other pulmonary disorders. Dr. Walley is an enthusiastic educator regarding the use of e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and cigarette smoking and the health implications for children.

The United States of Numb: Current Trends in Adolescent Substance 

Angela Camp, M.A.

In this workshop, we will discuss current drugs being abused by teens today including the usual suspects (alcohol and marijuana) and the new kids on the block (prescription drugs, heroin, and marijuana 2.0). A wide variety of drug paraphernalia will be available for parents to view, handle, and take photos.

Angela Camp holds a Masters degree in Counseling from UAB and has been in and out of the mental and substance abuse field for 27 years, 15 of those with Bradford Health Services. She currently serves as the National Coordinator of Adolescent and Emerging Adult Marketing for Bradford.


What Parents Need to Know about the First Year in College

 Lee Keyes, Ph.D.

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.

How to Help Your Child Develop Healthy Attitudes about Eating and Body Image

Nancy Berland, Ph.D.

Helping our children develop healthy eating habits and positive attitudes about body image are among the greatest gifts parents can give their children. In this presentation, Dr. Nancy Berland, who is among the most experienced clinicians in the area of eating disorders in Alabama, will provide information on how parents can help their children develop healthy attitudes about eating and body image, and how to recognize the signs of developing eating problems.

Nancy Berland, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, specializing in psychotherapy with adults and adolescents. She has sub-specialties in eating disorders, psychophysiological disorders, and women’s issues. Dr. Berland has publications in the area of eating disorders.

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