Exceptional Parenting Program

The Exceptional Parenting Program (EPP) provides a forum where parents and professionals can broaden their knowledge of issues related to raising and educating children with diverse needs, seek and exchange information in a supportive atmosphere, and access a lending library of books, magazines and recorded presentations.




The workshop series features six or more presentations by speakers from a variety of disciplines, and takes place in central Tokyo locations, including the Wesley Center in Minami Aoyama, between September and May. Our workshops are centered on providing insightful practical information to increase awareness and understanding of various issues associated with raising and educating a child with learning differences/diverse needs. The workshops are free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated to support future EPP workshops.

NEW! Some workshops will be provided in three different formats: onsite, live offsite and online. Please note that some workshops will be available only for onsite.

Formats of the Exceptional Parenting Program Workshop

TELL is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of our programs so that more families and professionals can benefit from the resources that are available in the community.  In light of this, TELL now provides Exceptional Parenting Program (EPP) workshops in three different formats shown above, whenever possible, and with the agreement from the individual speaker.

Live on-site

Usually held in a Wesley Center seminar room.

  • The participants are in the room with the speaker;
  • The participants have the opportunity to engage in real-time Q&As with the speaker;
  • The participants have the opportunities to speak directly with the speaker after the workshop.

Live off-site

Whenever possible and with IT permitting, the workshops will be broadcast live in selected locations in Japan (outside of Tokyo).

  • The viewers have the opportunities to access EPP workshop in real time without traveling to Tokyo;
  • The viewers have the opportunity to participate in real-time Q&A with the speaker via the broadcast screen;
  • There is no guarantee that every EPP workshop will be broadcast live outside of the seminar room
  • Both the organizer and the viewers may experience unexpected IT failure.

Online (after workshop)

Whenever possible and with IT permitting, the workshop will be recorded and will be available on the TELL website shortly after the workshop for 30 days.

  • The viewers have the opportunity to access a recording of the EPP workshop at their convenience from anywhere;
  • There is no guarantee that every EPP workshop will be recorded/archived;
  • Both the organizer and the viewers may experience unexpected IT failure.


Related links

TELL EPP Workshops 2019-2020

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Having difficult conversations with your teen

Cristina Varriale, Ms.Ed, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer

In this workshop, we’ll work on how parents can engage in difficult conversations in non-confrontational ways, and help their children to develop strategies to stay safe in challenging circumstances.

Tuesday October 8th, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Art therapy for stress relief: how to effectively deal with parenting stress

Takako Uemura, MA, TELL Psychotherapist

Having children can be stressful. You are dealing with another human being who you have limited control over. Children also go through stresses at school, with friends and home life. Art therapy can help you learn how to effectively destress yourself and your child.

Tuesday November 5, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Helping children develop executive functioning skills

Alejandra Reyes, MA, TELL Psychotherapist

ADHD and Executive Functions: How to help your child develop the skills to succeed in school.
Planning and organizing can be hard for any child, but especially for kids with ADHD and other learning disabilities. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to develop working memory, goal setting, planning skills, and self-control.

Tuesday January 28th, 2020, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Youth mental health: an overview

Vickie Skorji, TELL Lifeline Director

Most parents know what to do when their child comes down with the flu or sprains an ankle, but few can recognize the signs of mental illness. However, we know that 50% of mental illnesses begin to manifest by age 14. We’ll talk about the most common mental illnesses for youth, and how to recognize the signs.

Tuesday February 18, 2020, 7-9 p.m.

Exploring family relationships with psychodrama

Ashly Schanback, MS, TELL Psychotherapist & Akio Oshima, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Certified Public Psychologist

Psychodrama is an experiential form of psychotherapy that uses action methods, with which issues or problems and their possible solutions are enacted rather than just talked about. Psychodrama offers the opportunity to practice new roles safely, see oneself from an outside perspective, gain insight, and change. In this workshop, we will introduce the basics of psychodrama and then participants will have the chance to explore their own family relationships in a new way.



アシュリー・シャンバック(TELLサイコセラピスト)& 大島 朗生(臨床心理士・公認心理師・博士)


Tuesday March 17th, 2020, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cool down: Anger management for kids and adults

Kyoko Sonoda, MA, LPCC, TELL Psychotherapist

Dealing with your child’s temper tantrums and melt-downs on a daily basis is challenging for any caregiver. With frequent challenges, it is natural to develop feelings of frustration or anger with your children more often than you wish. This class will focus on anger-management for both children and adults and cover:

・How to teach and support children to self-regulate

・How to teach children to express their anger in healthy ways, and

・How to gain understanding about your strong emotions and deal with them in constructive ways

April 2020

Cultural Adjustment and Third Culture Kids

Jono Lee, MSW, LISW, TELL Psychotherapist

Tuesday May 12th, 2020, 7-9 p.m.

Canceled for COVID-19; will be rescheduled

Raising bilingual children

Marsha Rosenberg, Speech and Language Pathologist

How can parents plan for success in bilingual language development? In this workshop, we’ll share information on bilingual language development and strategies for learning two or more languages.


Detailed information on each presentation will be emailed to those on the EPP mailing list prior to each workshop. If you would like more information on the Exceptional Parenting Program or to be added to the mailing list, please contact the Outreach Coordinator, Selena Hoy at outreach@telljp.com.