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What is Sanity School® Live?

Adults all over the world want to effectively support children and teens with difficult issues such as ADHD, anxiety, LD, and related challenges. But more often than not, they don’t know how. This is why adult-administered behavior therapy, also known as parent management training or behavior management training, is recommended treatment for children with ADHD.

According to the CDC, “PARENT TRAINING* helps parents better understand their child’s behavioral issues and learn parenting skills specific to these problems.” The American Academy of Pediatrics explains, while parent training programs share a set of principles, "individual programs introduce different techniques and strategies to achieve the same ends.”  

Sanity School® is a training program that teaches techniques and strategies from the evidence-based practice of professional coaching. Behavior management training strategies are taught to parents and teachers of children and teens with complex challenges. Practical training using a coach-approach teaches adults how to motivate complex kids, leading to more confidence and success for both children and adults.

Sanity School® , which is recommended treatment for children with ADHD and related challenges, is now available online and in select local communities. It is the only management training program on the market specifically designed to teach the coach-approach to working with complex kids.

The Sanity School® program includes access to:

  • 6 incredible lessons where you will learn invaluable tools, techniques and strategies for tackling complex issues with confidence.
  • Access to coaches in Live Q & A calls twice monthly for three months
  • A private, members-only online community to meet others and discuss your experiences — confidentially.
  • Weekly ‘Sanity School® Scoop!’ emails with links to articles of note and special tips
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Here’s What Sanity School® Live Participants
Have to Say:

"Being with other parents makes me feel connected.”

"I look forward to each new class every week!”

"Sanity School has changed my perspective on parenting all of my children! It really is a class all parents should take!”

"I am learning to be curious about his behavior, to learn what is going on in his mind, so I am better prepared to help him.”

"I appreciate that, in an actual class vs. online, I get that little pat on the shoulder from another person that says, "hey, it's going to be okay.”

"Sanity school live isn’t just for the parents with challenging children, it’s for parents of children period! The small group experience is a great opportunity for growth, reflection and best of all, knowing you are not alone in your journey as a parent!"

“You leave unburdened and hopeful. Being in a non-judgemental, helpful environment with other parents is priceless."

"Raising complex kids can be a very isolating experience. I have gained a wealth of information in a short amount of time in Sanity School. I am surrounded by people who “get it,” which has helped me help my kids.”

"Georgia is a wonderful trainer and teacher. She delivers information in a concise and easy to understand manner. I am so grateful to be in this class.”

Who and Where in the World are the
Sanity School® Licensed Trainers?

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UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA       GEORGIA      ILLINOIS      MARYLAND       NEW JERSEY    PENNSYLVANIA

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CALIFORNIA

Rhona Berens

Rhona Berens, PhD, PCC, Individual & Relationship Coach, Novato, CA

Rhona Berens, PhD, PCC is a mom and an accredited Individual & Relationship Coach who helps parents stay sane and stay together.

As an experienced educator and presenter, she works with parents, teachers and birth professionals across North America.

Rhona is also a Gottman Educator for The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, a TOOLBOX® trainer (K-6 social emotional learning), and a Sanity School® for Parents LIVE® trainer for San Francisco and the North Bay.

Betsy PeirsonBetsy Peirson Gornet, Mom, Coach, Educator, Leader

Betsy is a mom of two older boys with complex needs. Following 30+ years as a healthcare leader and advocate, speaking nationally and educating communities, she decided to reconfigure her life with a different intention in mind. After securing the necessary formal training,

Betsy turned her focus toward Life and Leadership Coaching. With a desire to support parents on their journey, Betsy also became a trainer for Sanity School® this past year.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

Coco Stanback,

Coco Stanback, Certified ADHD Coach, Tustin, CA

Coco Stanback, MS, is a Certified ADHD Coach, speaker, parent educator, and founder of Heart 4 Kids Coaching. She is dedicated to improving the lives of moms, kids, and families with ADHD.

She provides training, coaching, and support- one-on-one and in group settings. She is a Professional Member of CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) and also volunteers for the organization by facilitating a parent support group in Spanish.

Her personal and professional experience make her uniquely qualified to help families reduce conflict, increase cooperation, find connection, and ultimately experience success managing their lives with ADHD.

Next Scheduled Class: Tuesdays, Sept 11 - Oct 16 at 7 P.M. TO 9 P.M.

GEORGIA

Georgia Fruechtenicht, Special Education Parent Mentor, Newnan, GA

Georgia Fruechtenicht is the Special Education Parent Mentor for Coweta County Schools and the mother of two complex teenagers with challenges including Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, and Learning Disabilities. A graduate of Wofford College and the University Of Mississippi School Of Law, Georgia has been a trainer for Parent to Parent of Georgia, the American Disabilities Act Network, and Spectrum Kommunity Inclusion Project. As a certified Sanity School® Trainer,

Georgia helps parents who are feeling isolated and overwhelmed to feel calm and connected. Sanity School® guides parents to manage their child’s challenges so they can become successful, independent adults.

Next Scheduled Class: Mondays, January 28 - March 4 at 8:30AM - 10:30AM

Maureen Nolan, Your Attention Coach, Atlanta, GA

Maureen Nolan is an Atlanta-area Sanity School® Live for Parents (SSLP) in-person workshop trainer. She is passionate about training parents in this unique decision-making and relationship development process because she says, ‘I recognize that Sanity School® would have helped me with my challenging teens.’ Maureen advocates for family peace. She likes to say ‘Give peace a chance’ when talking about the workshops.

Maureen’s professional development has centered on supporting families and adults where neuro-developmental challenges interfere with family peace. She has an interpersonal, relational, therapeutic approach to her work. Maureen applies Attention Coaching as an SSLP trainer to address neuro-cognitive development including the variety of Executive Function Disorders that confound parents.

Maureen Nolan, LAPC, NCC, MACC additionally privately provides ADHD diagnostics and Executive Function assessments. She is innovative, strength-based and tailors her private sessions to individual needs. She works individually with neuro-diverse clients 12 and up. For younger children, she works with the parents. To her, Sanity School® Live for Parents provides a group opportunity to train parents in the coach approach for a peaceful home life. SSLP is non-judgmental, curious and aims to manage one task and one behavior at a time. In her Sanity School® Live for Parents training workshops, Maureen applies the tenets of Strategic Focused Brief Therapy, of ADHD Coaching, and of Mindfulness.

Try Sanity School® Live for Parents and Give Peace A Chance!

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

ILLINOIS

Yuzu Byrne and Cheryl Susman, ADHD Coaches, Northbrook, IL

Yuzu and Cheryl know first hand the challenges of parenting complex kids.
Yuzu Byrne, Professional Organizer, specializes in working with individuals and families with ADHD and other emotional and psychological conditions that make it difficult to organize their life and space.

Cheryl Susman, Educational Therapist and ADHD Coach, helps frustrated parents who strive to manage the chaos of their complex kids, so they can bring out the best in their families and reconnect to the joys of parenting.

Yuzu Byrne, Professional Organizer - As a business owner, Professional Organizer, and a mother of a teenager and a young adult with ADHD, my life gets pretty chaotic. I now know that I am not alone and it is possible to improve the quality of your life, spend more time on what you love, and enjoy positive family life. I am very excited to share what I have learned from Sanity School® with parents with complex children in our community.

I earned a BA in Communications and an MS in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.  My education and work experiences honed my skills in relationship building, managing, coaching, mentoring, and training.

Cheryl Susman, MA, MBA, ET/P, COC, ACC, Professional Educational Therapist and ADHD Coach - A mother of three kids with ADHD and related challenges, I struggled to keep up with the demands of my family, devote energy to my work, and find time to take care of myself. As an educational therapist and ADHD Coach, I was able to navigate my children’s needs in the school system, but as a parent, I felt isolated and conflicted.

As a Sanity School® Live for Parents Trainer, and mother of now three complex young adults, I gained knowledge and experience that helped transform our family. I’m passionate about the coach approach to parenting and excited to support other parents to make lasting change in their families.

Next Scheduled Class: Saturdays, January 26, February 2 and 9, 2019 at 9:00AM to 12:00PM

MARYLAND

Kim McClure, Health and Wellness Coach, Frederick, MD

Making a difference in the lives of parents who love their complex kids and struggle with knowing how to help them . . .

When parents struggle to find ways to manage and help their complex kids it can be frustrating, stressful and downright exhausting!

Kim McClure is a Health and Wellness Coach who works with parents of complex kids to improve their self-confidence and relationships by teaching simple and clear strategies that help them reach for success.

Kim knows that a healthy and strong parent/child relationship is the most effective way to make a positive difference in your complex child’s life. She also knows firsthand, how difficult it is to raise a complex child and has years of experience researching integrative techniques, tools and systems that she applied to support her child and many others along the way.

Kim received her post-baccalaureate certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She also completed courses in holistic nutrition, cooking and studied current diet strategies for ADHD. Kim is a certified Sanity School® Live - Parents Trainer in Maryland. In her free time, Kim loves to write & blog, read, cook, workout and hangout with her family and friends.

You can find out more about Kim and Sanity School® Live by emailing her at kim.mcclure@healthsanitylife.com.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

NEW JERSEY

Diane Sottile, PhD, Summit, NJ

I have been an ADHD/executive function coach since 2009. I work with students, parents, educators and other professionals on all aspects of school success.  If a student is frustrated, we work together to turn the frustration into action. If a parent feels helpless and angry, we work together to restore a sense of hope and relief. I am so excited to be part of the Sanity School® and to bring it live to New Jersey.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

PENNSYLVANIA


Jean McIver, Mechanicsburg, PA

What exactly is controlled chaos?   That was my life.  As a mom of 7 complex children in a blended family and as a teacher with complex behavior classrooms, I went from one tumultuous environment to another.  As a teacher, I had years of training in behavior management but none of the plans seemed to work for extended periods of time and NOTHING worked at home.  Then I discovered  Sanity School for Parents.   After 6 weeks of classes, my life slowly began to have harmony.  In my classroom, I created behavior plans with the children that targeted areas of need and they lasted.  With my family, though not perfect, we were headed in the right direction, together…AND we liked coming home.  When ImpactADHD opened the opportunity to teach Sanity School for Parents LIVE I knew that I had to provide other parents of children with complex behaviors,  alternatives and plans that allowed harmony in their homes.

Next Scheduled Class:TBD

TEXAS

Dulce Torres, Licensed Professional Counselor, Southlake, TX

Dulce Torres is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor, a board certify coach, associate certify coach who specializes in ADHD, Anxiety and Depression.

She has over 25 years of experience working with families and providing parent coaching and training.  She believes everyone has a right to live a life beyond limitation.

Tammy O'Neal, ADHD Coach, and Professional Organizer, Southlake, TX

As an ADHD Coach and a Professional Organizer who specializes in ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding, Tammy’s Business and Communication degrees, continuing education and community volunteer work enhance her abilities to “think outside the box.” Being the mother of two adult children and five grandchildren enhances her combined unique gifts of creative coaching and organization. In addition to being the Co-Coordinator of North Tarrant County CHADD, she is also an active member of Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), Children & Adults w/Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), Institute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD), International Coaching Federation (ICF) and National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). Tammy fosters a co-active coaching partnership with her clients and collaborates with them to reach their goals. In addition to owning her own business, the Organizer Coach, she is also an ADHD Coach and Certified Parent Trainer with Avant-Garde Counseling and Coaching Center.  Contact Tammy: 304.834.5678 or tammy@theorganizercoach.com.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

WASHINGTON

Amy Voros, Seattle, WA

Amy Voros, PCC, is a compassionate and understanding coach whose life experience as a complex kid (2E, severe food allergies, asthma, etc.) informs her work as a coach and a Sanity School® for Parents trainer. She is passionate about guiding parents to find their own path to success with support, ideas, materials, and the reminder that they are not alone! A life-long Seattleite, she appreciates the powers of sun, community, insight, and understanding.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

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AUSTRALIA

Joan Wright Howie, B.A., BThol., Grad Dip Supervision, M.A.Spiritual Direction, Hawthorn

Joan is a minister in the Uniting Church in Australia who runs a Spirituality and Wellbeing Centre in Melbourne. She also teaches in a spiritual direction,  a supervision training program and runs retreats. She has served in the community sector for over 20 years and brings an insightful, compassionate heart and contemplative listening skills to her work.

Joan is married with three children 19, 17 and 13 who all have dyslexia and one who also has ADHD and anxiety. Her personal parenting journey has been quite challenging. Seeking support with her own complex kids has led her to train with Impact ADHD as a Sanity School® provider. She has a vision to expand ADHD parenting support resources in Australia in order to enable parents gain clarity and foster a calm confident grounded presence in their homes.

Jodi Green, ADHD Coach, Hawthorn

Jodi Green is an ADHD Coach based in Melbourne, Australia, where she offers coaching and support programs to parents of children with ADHD and related issues. Jodi draws on skills from her first career in engineering as well as her second as a spiritual director, parent-trainer and ADHD coach. Jodi’s passion is work with you to grow your understanding of ADHD, embrace its challenges, and clarify the attributes of the parent you want to be, all so you have the freedom and skills to nurture your child towards success.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

NETHERLANDS

Rachel de Franca, Owner of OK! Begin, Amsterdam

My name is Rachel de Franca, and I am the proud owner of OK! Begin. I am a South African living in the Netherlands. I have a degree in Communication and Psychology, with many years’ experience in teaching, coaching, training and facilitating workshops.

In 2008 my family and I immigrated to the Netherlands. During my time when I was staying at home taking care of my two beautiful children I completed various Dutch language courses, as well as a course in teaching English as second language. I saw an opportunity to use my skills by providing a service, teaching English in a fun and exciting manner. I started volunteering as an English teacher at a local school. While there, and after talking to parents, I discovered many parents would love to give their children an opportunity to learn English, so I began offering basic English courses for children after school.

Concurrently, while teaching English, I was studying for my diploma at the Academy for Coaching & Counselling, Netherlands, which I completed in 2015. This course, and my experience, coupled with my English teaching, gave me the confidence to open my own company.  OK! Begin started in January 2015, initially offering a beginners' English course for children. From there it grew, offering high school tutoring lessons, it has since expanded to offering Business English, with the focus on English as a second language for corporate clients and individuals.

During my years training and teaching I grew deeply passionate about the transfer and sharing of information and knowledge. Further to my teaching skills I also help people by offering coaching and counselling services to individuals and families going through personal difficulties.

One of my main focus areas of coaching is with Expats. I coach them through the job seeking process, as well as helping them adjust to a new culture and settle down. Having been through this experience myself, I understood the obstacles faced by expats. To date I have helped many clients through this process.

I recently completed the Sanity School® Trainer Course. This stemmed as a result of my personal journey. Having a child diagnosed with ADD, I found there to be a huge lack of support for parents who have children with complex issues. I am now licensed to provide families with training and the skills required to assist their families. I have successfully implemented the skills, acquired through Sanity school®, in my own home.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

NORWAY


Cecilie Flo Jahreie, Amsterdam

Cecilie Flo Jahreie is trained as an educator, earning her PhD from University of Oslo, Norway. She is a certified NLP Master coach, and Sanity School® trainer. She is also a mum of children with ADHD, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.

She is the founder of ADHD-Veilederen AS, offering coaching and online courses designed specifically for parents of children with ADHD.

Next Scheduled Class: TBD

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About The Creators of Sanity School®

Diane’s Story

As a professional in my late-thirties, I was the “get-it-done-woman.” Known for my tenacity and achievements in the corporate world, I hit every pitch out of the park… until ADD came along!

As the reality of raising two complex children (and being married to a complex adult!) set in, I realized I needed to make some changes, for my family – and for me. It marked the start of a lifelong journey of growth, acceptance, and compassion.

Like any challenge I’d overcome in my professional life, I thought I could tackle ADD with sheer willpower and hard work. I became Super Mom, getting everyone up and moving in the morning, making sure homework was done at night – and managing everything else in between. A walking, talking Executive Function machine!

It worked, too. For a while. As I poured more and more of myself into my family, I had less for work, less for my relationship with my spouse, less for myself. Super Mom became Short-Tempered, Stressed, Resentful Mom. I felt like I was losing myself. Nothing worked, from yoga to anti-depressants. I realized I needed to make some major changes.

Through coaching, I was able to regain confidence in myself. With a strong spiritual connection and the tenacity I thought I’d lost, I redefined “Super Mom.” Now, especially as a single Mom, with two crazy teens, I know that it means honoring my own needs and taking care of myself with as much compassion as I do my family (and as much patience!).

When I’m coaching clients, I use an “inside-out” approach. When they connect to a positive vision, and identify roadblocks that are impeding their journey, they can overcome and thrive. First inside, then outside, as that energy and awareness impacts every aspect of their lives.

Elaine’s Story

When my daughter was just two weeks old, she started to scream.

It didn’t stop.

As other kids passed childhood milestones, she struggled to master simple life skills.

The years to follow were filled with occupational therapy, vision therapy, everything therapy it often seemed. Instead of forming friendships, she changed schools again and again. She carried the heavy, lonely burden of not just one life-changing diagnosis, but three: ADHD, anxiety, and learning disabilities.

I was desperate for community, for help. My daughter, thankfully, had a great therapist who provided her with guidance and support. Honestly, I couldn’t help but think: “What about me?!” I knew I needed to do something. I just had no idea what.

So many parents of kids with ADHD seek help for their kids, but rarely for themselves. When I discovered coaching, I finally realized that all the negative emotions I had been experiencing were pointless.

My entire life changed completely when I sought help for me, and also got my own diagnosis of ADHD – which explained a lot!

Suddenly full of a new hope and purpose, I went back to school and earned my coaching certification. Why? Because that coach saved my life! I wanted to provide that same compassion, understanding, and light for all those other parents who were “off the radar” too. They would have a community; they would never have to feel as alone and desperate as I did.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experience, it’s this: It’s hard to help your kid — or yourself — build a strong, healthy life if you start with a shaky foundation. I needed to strengthen mine and parent from a place of hope and optimism, not fear and anxiety. My life’s purpose is now to help other parents build a solid foundation for their families.

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