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Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen

"Dr. Cohen is one of the most imaginative and thoughtful psychologists you will ever encounter. He explains how and why children become anxious and then shows how we can use empathy and play to help them escape from the terrifying dark corners of childhood."
—Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen

Dr. Cohen will coach parents on easy-to-implement ways to help children express feelings, release tension, and use fun and play to overcome fears - from everyday worries to excessive anxiety.

Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., author of the award-winning book Playful Parenting, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play, play therapy, and parenting. In addition to his private therapy practice, he is a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers. In his new book, The Opposite of Worry, he shows how the playful perspective opens up new paths to lead children from anxiety and fear to connection, trust, and joy.


It's never too late to help a child unlock from anxiety and fear and learn to participate joyfully in all the ups and downs of life. During the evening talk, November 7, Dr. Cohen will tell parents how to use the strategies of lightheartedness and connection to help kids age 10 and older to move through fear and worry and develop an inner sense of security. His morning talk, November 8, will focus on playful parenting techniques to ease anxieties and build the confidence and coping skills of children age 2 to 9.

Join PEP for either or both of these stand-alone programs.

Download the flyer here.

Under Pressure: Helping Tweens and Teens Face Social Angst and Academic Stress
Thursday, November 7
7:30 - 9:00 pm

For parents of children age 10 and older
(Parents of younger children are invited to attend this presentation to get insights into the stressors of tweens and teens and to learn ways to prevent them.)

Tickets: $25/person

Online registration has closed and seats are still available. Walk-ins encouraged for this program only.

Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854

The Opposite of Worry:
The Playful Parenting Approach to Raising Confident and Secure Children

Friday, November 8
9:30 - 11:30 am

For parents of children age 2-9

Cost: $35/person

Advance registration only for this workshop - no walk-ins.

** SOLD OUT **

Bethesda Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814


PEP thanks its corporate sponsors for this event.
sponsored by PrepMatters sponsored by MOM's Organic Market sponsored by Washington Parent

Online Registration Notes
  1. Click on Register for either program.
  2. Below the program description, click the button Sign Up Now.
  3. You will be prompted to sign in to our online registration system. If you have not yet created a login, you will be able to do so before completing your registration
  4. On the next screen, click Register. If you have selected the evening program, you will be able to choose how many tickets you would like, from 1 to 4. Then the program will appear in your Shopping Cart.
  5. If you wish to register for Dr. Cohen's morning program, click on the ALL AGES or YOUNG CHILDREN tab and scroll through the chronological list to find the program. Complete the registration steps as above to put the second program in your cart.
  6. When you see the program(s) you want in the Shopping Cart, click CHECK OUT.
  7. Enter your payment information. Please disregard the shipping information. Tickets for the evening talk will be mailed or held at will-call. The morning program will require you to check in.


Parent Encouragement Program  •  10100 Connecticut Avenue  •  Kensington, MD 20895  •  301-929-8824  •  703-242-8824