TELL Japan

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.

TELL EPP Workshops 2018-2019


Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 7-9 p.m.

Positive Discipline

Cristina Varriale, Ms.Ed, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer

At the Wesley Center

Tuesday October 16, 2018- 7-9 p.m.

Coping with Anxiety

Amanda Cox, MA, Associate Family and Marriage Therapist

Tuesday November 13, 2018, 7-9 p.m.

Stress and Anger Management for Kids

Kei Lee, MA, LMSW, TELL Psychotherapist


Tuesday January 22, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Schooling in a second language

Marsha Rosenberg, Speech & Language Pathologist

Tuesday February 19, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Eating Disorders in Adolescents

Dr. Maho Isono, Eating Disorders Specialist

Tuesday March 26, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

DATE CHANGED to March 26th, please note.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): how they affect child development

Kyoko Sonoda, MA, LPCC, TELL Psychotherapist

Tuesday April 16, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Cultural Adjustment and Third Culture Kids

Jono Lee, MSW, LISW, TELL Psychotherapist

Tuesday May 21, 2019, 7-9pm

Art Therapy: How art can improve your family relationships

Reiko Fujisawa, MA, LACT, TELL Psychotherapist


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

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