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Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW Founder of The Center for Connection and The Play Strong Institute

Tina Payne Bryson is the founder and executive director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice. She's also the founder and executive director of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental and relational lens.

Tina is a licensed clinical social worker, providing pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy and parenting consultations. She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders around the world.

Tina earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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Personal Growth
The Power of Showing Up
January 10 - 12, 2020
Research in the field of attachment reveals that the most essential tool to helping children thrive is really showing up. Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, renowned clinician-educators and best-selling authors of many parenting books, present a powerful weekend workshop examining the science and practice of being present. Explore what it means to truly “show up” in parenting and in life, and enhance your relationships with your child, your partner, and even with yourself.

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