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 October 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 highly 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 2017-2018


Tuesday, 17 October, 2017- 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Raising a Bilingual Child: Planning For More Than One Language

Marsha Rosenberg, Speech and Language Pathologist


Tuesday, 28 November, 2017- 10:00am – 12:00pm

Attachment Theory 101

Kyoko Sonoda, TELL Psychotherapist


Tuesday, 16 January, 2018- 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Substance/Alcohol Abuse And Its Effects On The Family

Michael Nevans, TELL Director of Clinical Services


Tuesday, 20 February, 2018- 10:00am – 12:00pm

Talking with Young People about Sexual Violence

Sachi Nakajima, Resilience


Saturday, 17 March, 2018- 2:00pm -4:00pm

LGBTQ Youth: A Village of Support Panel Discussion

Selena Hoy, TELL Outreach Coordinator, with Arunansu Patra, Sara Hoskins, Michael Clemons, and Ron Fast.

Location: Nagatacho GRID

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018- 10:00am – 12:00pm

Parenting with Mindfulness: What Does It Mean and Why Is It Important For Our Kids?

Karin Shipley, School Psychologist

Location TBA

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018- 10:00am – 12:00pm

Adolescent Eating Disorders: Facts, Myths and How to Support

Kaori Ogiwara, TELL Psychotherapist

Location TBA

Detailed information on each presentation will be emailed prior to each workshop. If you would like more information on the Exceptional Parenting Program please contact the Outreach Coordinator, Selena Hoy at .

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