Neuroscience Meets NVC in a Brand-New Workshop: “Parenting for Growing Brains and Growing Hearts

This Spring, a partnership that has been forming for a year, is budding and offering its first flower!  Meet Jessica Phillips-Silver, Ph.D. a neuroscientist, educator, musician and mother. Jessica does research on the musical brain at Georgetown University Medical Center in the department of neuroscience, and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Music at Georgetown University.

Jessica found me through a referral last year and at our first meeting, we realized that our approaches on parenting, neuroscience, child development, loving guidance and nurturing empowerment were like fish in water.

It wasn’t long after that we decided we could put our own hearts and brains to develop some workshops for parents here in the DC area.

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Introducing “Parenting for Growing Brains and Growing Hearts“, a 2.5h workshop in Washington, D.C.,  May 17, 2015. It is a first in a series of workshops that what we hope to offer you.

For the first time together, we will present Jessica’s framework for parenting geared towards three major aspects of healthy brain development and joyful childhood: the ability for self control, the ability to create, and a sense of moral character. We will discuss how the arts, the school and our parenting can shape our children’s brains.

With real-life examples and experiential exercises from Mali’s work in empowerment through compassion and restorative practices, we will address these three pillars of healthy child development, and learn insights to enhance our personal parenting toolbox and better support our children and our connection to them.

We hope you can join us, and invite a parent friend or two!  And we look forward to your feedback and interest to develop more parenting workshops this next 2015-2016 school year.

In joyful service,
Mali Parke

More about Jessica:

Jessica’s research has been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Men’s Health, NPR, and Discovery Channel. Jessica is an international speaker and also teaches locally about the effects of music, the arts and early education on brain development. Jessica applies her skills to develop practices that integrate evidence from brain science into education and arts programming for hospitals, performing artists, schools and community centers. She bases her work on a set of core principles that underlie brain development, music training, self-regulation ability and creativity. Jessica’s framework outlines specific protocols that target the parenting of young children, the fundamentals of early education, and the use of music, movement and the arts in community development, preventative medicine and healing. Jessica is the owner of JPS Research & Education, LLC, and the founder of Growing Brains™.

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