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Helping Children, Teens, Adults, and Families Realize Their Potential
Summit Center can provide the answers to your questions. We offer psychological and educational services for children, adolescents, adults, and families, including assessments, consultation, and counseling.
Our team of psychologists, consultants, and educators use a collaborative, strengths-based approach to work with our clients. Our goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the individual and provide a roadmap for making personal, parenting, school, and life decisions. Better understanding the “why” of a person’s behavior can provide relief to parents, teachers, and the individual, and is often the first key step toward maximizing potential.
Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place Update: A reminder that If anyone needs support or guidance during this difficult time, we are here for you and your family. Our psychologists and other professionals are available for counseling or consultation appointments via phone or video call (including our doctoral trainees at reduced rates). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505.
Make Your Worrier a Warrior
With this award-winning book by Dr. Dan Peters, parents can team up with their children or teens to help them conquer the Worry Monster. ORDER NOW
Upcoming Groups and Classes for Parents
Join our professionals in Walnut Creek, Torrance, or Los Angeles for support and learning about parenting, gifted/2e, or executive function. LEARN MORE
Parent Footprint Awareness Training
Dr. Dan’s interactive training program for parents is based on the fact that the most important predictor of how we parent is how we were parented as a child. LEARN MORE & SAVE
The Summit Center offers individual, family, and group counseling (also known as psychotherapy) utilizing a strength-based approach to problem-solving and optimizing growth potential through a developmental lens. Our counseling services can help clients address a wide variety of issues.
Our trained professionals combine educational and therapeutic approaches to assist students whose learning challenges at school are not resolving. Some issues that we address include dyslexia, dyscalculia, test-taking difficulties, and problems with organization and managing time. Educational therapy is not the same as tutoring. Our work is remedial, designed to fill gaps in background, understanding, and learning strategies in order to develop independent learners.
Parent Education & Support
Summit Center offers workshops, classes, webinars, and discussion groups for parents, led by one of our experienced professionals. Groups for parents or gifted adults allow participants to share concerns and gain support from others who have similar experiences.
Summit Center’s team of professionals offers a wide array of expertise to help children, teens, adults, or families deal with these issues:
Summit Center Blog
By Dr. Dan Peters Earlier this week, I was on two full airline flights and now conferences are cancelled, the NBA is suspended, March Madness is not happening, colleges have cancelled winter and spring terms, many K-12 schools are closed, Italy is on lock down, and...read more
by Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E. Earlier this year, I wrote an article about the importance of setting limits. I also discussed how sticking to them is the stickiest part. As a mother of three teens, I can assure you that I have experienced plenty of challenges...read more
Nurturing creativity in children has been an interest of mine over my entire career—while working with gifted children in an enrichment setting, while teaching in an independent school, and while working with teachers and graduate students at the university and in...read more
Podcast with Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan Peters’s online talk show teaches parents, families, and caregivers how to leave their best footprint for the next generation. Dr. Dan interviews a top parenting expert in each episode, including doctors, therapists, authors, and educators, to discuss diverse and timely parenting topics. Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts (for Android), Spotify, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Android, RSS, or the show page.
Online Support Group for Parents of Gifted/2e Children
Virtual meetings begin
Surviving the Shutdown? New virtual group led by Dr. Lisa White and Dr. Ellena Chen, we will discuss how we and our children are handling the stresses of social distancing and sheltering in place, and share resources on making this time easier for everyone. Group for parents of children ages 6-12 meets virtually on Wednesdays starting March 25, 2:00 pm. Group for parents of teens meets Mondays starting March 30 at 2:00 pm. Each group is limited to 10 members. Learn more & register at https://conta.cc/2WrFTj9 .
Raising Enlightened Children – 5 Week Parenting Course
St. Martin of Tours School, Brentwood, Los Angeles
“Time Outs” for toddlers or “Taking Privileges Away” from teens may stop unwanted behaviors… but at what cost? The key to connecting with your kids and growing healthy relationships is to fill your toolbox with understanding, knowledge and positive parenting tools. Summit Center’s parent educator, Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E., presents her Raising Enlightened Children Parenting Course, Wednesday mornings, 8:30/9:00 – 11:00 am, April 22 through May 20 (5 weeks), at St. Martin of Tours School in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Pre‐registration is required: https://conta.cc/3a0XZvP
Child Centered World Symposium
Gifted Development Center is hosting an international symposium to help the world rediscover the uniqueness of the gifted child. On April 24, the opening address by Michael Piechowski on Why Child-Centeredness is Important. Wisdom Keepers panel speakers include Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Susan Daniels of Summit Center. On April 24, parent event will feature “Understanding Your Gifted Child from the Inside Out” with Jim DeLisle. Learn more at http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/events/child-centered-world-symposium