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About Thinking Emotions

“Thinking Emotions” is an interactive group workshop designed to help parents and educators caring for children with Autism. This practical workshop provides a clear, tangible set of tools and strategies to help parents and the care team regulate their emotions and the emotions of the children they work with to better cope with the everyday challenges, the tough moments and the triumphs.

“Thinking Emotions” was developed by a Stanford research team of clinicians…

About the Thinking Emotions Team

Yael Enav, Ph.D.

Dr. Yael Enav is a Clinical Psychologist with over a decade of experience in Psychotherapy of adults and children. She Works at Stanford staff help center and at the Psychophysiology lab at Stanford University. Yael led the Regulative Parenting research project in conjunction with the Stanford Autism unit. Her main research area is emotions and emotion regulation in parents and children with Autism.

Mirit Kopelman, MSW.

Mirit Kopelman has over 15 years of experience as a Social Worker, Group and Individual  psychotherapist, specializing in Group Facilitation. For the past 2 years Mirit has facilitated a group for women PhD students and postdocs in science and engineering (WISE) at Stanford University and is Co-developer of the Regulative Parenting Workshop for parents and caregivers of children with ASD, Stanford Autism unit.

Jay Webber, MSc.

Jay Webber has nearly 20 years of experience in Educational Psychology in England working closely with families, teachers, staff at family centers and other professionals to support the needs of children and young people with a range of special educational needs, with a focus on children with Autism. She is Co-Facilitator of the Regulative Parenting Workshop for parents and caregivers of children with ASD, Stanford Autism unit. Prior to moving to the US, Jay was instrumental in initiating a multi-agency working group in Oxford to review early years’ provision for children with Autism and their families.

Dana Erhard-Weiss, Ph.D.

Dr. Dana Erhard-Weiss is a Clinical Developmental Psychologist with over a decade of experience in assessment, counseling, and psychotherapy for children with developmental concerns, infant mental health as well as parental guidance and support.  Dana is the Co-Developer of the Regulative Parenting Workshop for parents and caregivers  of children with ASD, Stanford Autism unit.

Prerana Sangani, M.D.

Dr. Prerana Sangani  is  mother of two daughters,  ages seven and nine and has lived in the bay area for 20 years. She has been on the journey of parenting a child with ASD for eight years. She serves as a member of the Stanford Autism  Center Parent  Advisory Board. Prerana was a participant in the groundbreaking  “Emotional  Regulation  for parents of ASD children” Stanford Study which serves as the basis for this workshop. She is a Board Certified Internal  Medicine physician and practices locally. In addition she enjoys working with schools and communities as a facilitator of girls leadership skills through the national organization and Girlsleadership.org