Ann Martin Center Newsletter

In This Issue
2012 Advanced Practitioners Lecture Series
In the News: The Monthly
Learning Program Opens New Site
Meeting Community Needs: School-Based Programs
Video Spotlight
Donor Honor Roll
Thank you for your generous support!


Ann Martin Center gratefully acknowledges our partners and donors who make our work possible. The following are listings for individual and institutional supporters for the 2011-2012 fiscal year (as of April 30, 2012): 


Alameda Council of Community Mental Health Agencies
Alameda County
Behavioral Health Services Agency
First Five Alameda County
Oakland Unified School District

Foundation, Corporate and Individual Donors

Champion $25,000 and above
Clarence and Joan Coleman Charitable Foundation

Visionary $10,000-$24,999
Avery Fuller Welch Children's Foundation
Witkin Charitable Foundation

Heart of Gold $5,000-$9,999
Herman Auerbach Memorial Fund Trust II
Hill Blackett III
Clorox Company Foundation
Stephanie DiMarco and Jim Harleen
Dodge & Cox
Marion Elmenhorst
Familian-Levinson Charitable Foundation
Sophia Mirviss Fund
Ann and Jon Reynolds
The Safeway Foundation

Child Advocate $2,500-$4,999
Gerald Block/Crossroads Trading Company
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
David S. Theis and Sarah Royce

Benefactor $1,000-$2,499
Mike and Linda Baker
Sandie and Kenny Dorman
Cindy Flinn and Andy Nadler
Richard and Marlene Millikan
Kenneth and Frances Reid
Geoff and Alison Rusack
Evan Seevak, MD and Sarah Pearson, MD
Kristi and Scott Stone
Amy and Kirby Wilcox

Patron $500-$999
Anonymous (2)
Cook, Disharoon & Greathouse, Inc.
Maddy and Ken Dychtwald
Cathy and Mark Glazier
Rich and Nancy Giffith
Henry Hewitt and Sharon Meadows
David Hobstetter and Mimi Deverse
Elaine and Ward Lindenmayer
Jack Liu
Ann Parker, MD
Nancy and Bill Peterson
Francine and Ethan Royce
Betty Simpson
Sharon and Barclay Simpson
Jill and Thor Sjostrand
Tom and Sue Smegal
Sheila Sosnow and Richard Nagler
Fritz and Mary Wooster

Friend $250-$499
Evelyn and Robert Apte
George and Anne Benker
Beth Berkowitz and Raymond Dutton
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Crandall
Beverly Dance
Teresa Doyle, PhD
Ann Foster, CPA
Kathryn Frank and Jim Blume
Andrew and Sharon Gillin
Arthur Greenberg
Terrell Kessler
David La Piana and Mary McFarland
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Melbye
Susan Moldaw
Mahima Muralidharan and Arvind Krishnan
Charles Pearson and Judith Harrison
Robin Phipps and Tom Hahn
Richmond Sanitary Service
Lauren Rohde
Gail and Ronald Rubenstein
Adam and Janice Thacher
Rolf Wietelmann and Lynn Owens
Molly Wooster
Deborah and Bob Van Nest

Supporter $249 and below

Richard and Carlene Anderson
Mike and Linda Baker
Rachel and Derek Benham
Gaylen and Dennis Bent
Bay Alarm Company
David and Eva Bradford
Anne D. Brandon
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brose
Sara Brose, PhD
Samuel Chase, MD
Rick and Sue Coffin
Eric and Barbara Danoff
Marcia Dillon, MD
Joanne Drabek and Thor Start
Steve Eckert
Carolyn Edwards and Dusty Sykes
Hal Feiger
Dana Fox and Paul Langlie
Amy and Glenn Friedman
David G. Gleason
Green Graphics
John and Tam Hege
Roz Hurwitz
Judy and Chip Kaplove
Mary and Kevin Kelly
Jan and Randy Kessler
Deborah Kirshman
Dr. Anthony and Kathleen Laglia
Frank Lossy and Barbara Steinberg
Sasha Match and Randy Sloan
Kenneth McKean and Heather McMills
Marian and Tim Nelson
Ronni Parker-West, MA
Lynn Peralta, MSW
Christine Petersen
Margaret Pillsbury
Freddi Robertson
Paul and Jacqueline Royce
Mike and Pat Ruffalo
Richard and Janet Saalfeld
Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP
Ilene and Richard Sheng
Christie Smith
Nancy E. Swart
Gail and John Uilkema
Jean-Pierre and Andrea Viel
Drs. Robert and Judith Wallerstein
Sally West and Peter Compton
Carolyn and Mitchell Wilson
James and Katya Woodmansee

In Kind Gifts
David Hobstetter

Memorial and Honorary Gifts
Arthur Greenberg
*In honor of David Theis
Paul and Jacqueline Royce
*In honor of Jacquette Theis

Special Thanks
Thank you to our 2012 Ann Martin Center Board of Directors

Sandie Dorman
Marilyn Waller
Vice President
Hill Blackett, III
Robin Blum
Anne Bakar
 Linda Saag Baker
Peter Laufenberg 
MaryAnn Pearson
Betty Simpson
Kristi Stone
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Spring E-NewsMay 2012 
Dear Friends, 

Welcome to Ann Martin Center's premiere issue of our agency e-newsletter where we hope to keep you informed of our latest news, updates and events. Ann Martin Center is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families in Alameda County by providing exceptional psychotherapy, learning support, and diagnostic assessment. Altogether we now assist more than 1,000 children annually through 30,000 treatment hours.


In all of Alameda County, Ann Martin Center is one of the few remaining options for parents seeking affordable counseling and learning assistance.  Our "whole child" approach enables us to help kids with both special educational needs and emotional troubles.  We are proud to support the minds and hearts of children!  Your investment nurtures the life of a child, fostering emotional confidence, strong academic skills, and a positive future. 


I'm moved by stories of impact and change that remind me of how important Ann Martin Center's services are for East Bay families:


"The treatment has made a great difference for my child and family.  My child is more aware of her behavior and she is able to communicate with me and others better.  I am really happy about having a therapist on site at our daughter's school.  Thank you for all your help and support in my family's wellness endeavors."   - Anonymous, Parent

"I feel that our therapist is a very kind & caring person.  Dominic lost his father last year as a result of gang violence.  Dominic has had a hard time opening up to people but he feels safe with his therapist who is a good listener.  He jumps right up to go see her and returns with a sense of hope." - Patty, Parent


"My first visit with our therapist Jennifer, I felt like the weight of the world was on me.  Robin (our daughter) was cautious.  But meeting with Jennifer, I feel as light as grandma's homemade biscuits, allowing me to talk through my pain and giving Robin a space to just be herself."  - Anonymous, Parent


We are grateful for your continued support, and we hope that you consider making a donation as we work toward fulfilling our urgent goal of raising much needed funds to support our high-quality programs. Your gift will enable us to serve more low-income families, many on waiting lists at our clinic or school-based programs or from outside providers. With your help we can achieve 100% of our goal by June 30, 2012. Together, we can make a difference. Please give generously today!  



David S. Theis, DMH                         
Executive Director                  
Announcing our 2012 Monthly Lecture Series

Free workshops for Advanced Practitioners
in Child Mental Health  


Ann Martin Center sponsors presentations on contemporary research, theory, and technique relevant to educators and child mental health professionals.  Speakers reflect diverse expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of learning, emotional, behavioral, developmental, and school-related problems. The series is offered as a free service to the professional community and all presenters have graciously donated their time. (CEUs are available for MFTs and LCSWs.)


Please join us for our upcoming May workshop:

Shame, Pride and Psychotherapy with Children and Adults


Presenter:               Ken Benau, PhD

When:                     May 18, 2012 (Friday)               

Time:                      12:30 - 2 p.m. 


Shame and pride, while ubiquitous in psychotherapy, are rarely discussed in the literature.  This presentation will discuss, when working with children and adults in psychotherapy, how to: 1) identify the verbal and non-verbal markers of shame and pride; 2) work with shame from an integrative perspective (i.e. cognitive, affective and somatic); and 3) transform shame into genuine (non-hubristic) pride and connection.  Lecture, clinical vignettes, videotape of adult psychotherapy sessions, and discussion will all be used to deepen our understanding.

Ken Benau is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice (since 1990) in Kensington, CA, where he sees individuals, couples and families.  He specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of learning and developmental challenges (including LD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders), as well as those with complex trauma histories.  Dr. Benau is also a clinical consultant and supervisor of psychotherapy, and an Associate Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley's graduate program in Clinical Science.  His work is primarily experiential-dynamic in nature, and is largely informed by AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), Coherence Therapy, and somatic-based psychotherapies.  He is a certified AEDP practitioner.  Finally, Dr. Benau has a special interest in working with shame and pride in psychotherapy, and is writing a book from an integrative perspective on that topic.      


Click here for the full Winter-Spring 2012 lecture series at Ann Martin Center. You are encouraged to distribute this. Additional information about the lecture series (and the free registration process) can be found at

In the News: The Monthly features Bay Area Experts on Educational Therapy


The_Monthly_logoIn this issue of The Monthly, Rachel Trachten explores the dynamics of educational therapy and social learning groups to address the needs of children with learning challenges:  


Set in a cozy house in Piedmont and in another site just four blocks away in Oakland, the Ann Martin Clinic also includes a separate mental health center, providing a chance for clinicians to collaborate. And including parents is key, given that the neurological differences underlying learning issues are persistent. "We counsel parents to know and accept who the child is," says Betty Petereson. "We can't offer a quick fix; it's more about giving strategies for lifelong learning."  


Ann Martin Center's Educational Assessment Program also plans to expand services by offering Speech and Language Assessments when needed.  This will allow for a smooth transition for families if additional testing is recommended by our testers. Occupational therapy and social learning assessments can also be done if needed.  Ann Martin Center will be partnering with Communication Works to provide these expanded services.  Findings of these additional assessments will be incorporated in a final report by our testers.  


Read more in the full article, Extra Credit: From algebra to the ABCs of casual conversation, experts ease the way for kids with learning and social challenges. By Rachel Trachten

Launch of New Learning Center Site 



We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest Learning Program site at the Piedmont Center for the Arts located at 801 Magnolia Avenue near the Piedmont Recreation Center, middle school and high school.  The Learning Program will offer small groups for early reading, middle school homework clubs, individual educational therapy and consulting with parents. 


Betty Peterson, MEd, Ann Martin Center's Learning Program Director, leads education curriculum development, learning assessments, and student enrollment. For over 35 years, she has worked extensively with children, parents, teachers and school districts as an advocate for children with learning differences. She received her BA from SUNY at Buffalo, and her MEd in Special Education from Oregon College of Education in 1978. She is certified as an Educational Therapist through the program at Holy Names College in 1998. She became a professional member of the Association of Educational Therapists in 1999. Her specialty is assisting youth with learning differences, and their families.


For more information on our Learning Program, please contact Betty Peterson at or call (510) 655-7880, ext. 370 to setup an appointment or enroll your child today. 


Meeting Community Needs: AMC School-Based Programs
On-site therapists help reduce chronic absenteeism and improve student grades, and inspire student participation

Principal Adam Taylor, who greets Sky Hogue as the third-grader comes to school, has dramatically reduced the chronic absence rate at Brookfield Village Elementary from 20 percent to 7 percent. Photo Credit: Lacy Atkins/The Chronicle


Ann Martin Center ensures that every child has the chance to discover his or her abilities, develop emotional resilience, work toward school achievement and successfully transition to adulthood.  At the same time, we aim to reduce school drop-out rates, estimated at 35% for students with a learning disability (National Center for Learning Disabilities).  A recent California Department of Education report revealed Oakland schools had an alarmingly high drop out rate of 43%, compared to 15% for all Alameda County and 13% statewide (CDE, California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, 2009-2010).  Essentially, four out of every 10 children who enroll in an Oakland school fail to earn a high school degree.  


The Center now provides comprehensive mental health counseling to young children at eight Oakland public schools, like Brookfield Elementary near the Coliseum, located in one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in Oakland.  Just a few years ago, Brookfield Elementary's chronic absenteeism hovered over 20%.  It is now down to 7%.  In a recent San Francisco Chronicle cover story, Principal Taylor attributed this incredible change in part to Ann Martin Center's on-site therapists who connect with families and inspire student participation. 


Lily Ly, Psy.D., Clinical Program Assistant Director of Ann Martin Center's school-based programs states, "Our clinicians always collaborate with school staff, but in the First 5 work at Brookfield, the focus is on preventing difficulties, rather than just responding to an existing problem...The development of relationships with all the kindergarteners and their teachers will have a long lasting positive impact on our therapy program as well as school climate.  Hopeful, these children will remain at the school for another 5 years and know that there are several kind and caring adults who know their names and their stories." 


For the health and strength of children and our community as a whole, Ann Martin Center is committed to creating positive outcomes for at-risk youth. 


For more information on our Clinic and School-Based Programs, please contact Laurie Lober, LCSW, Clinical Program Director, at or call (510) 655-7880 ext. 351.


Video Spotlight
Danny Glover narrates this moving portrait of Ann Martin Center helping kids with both psychological and learning issues.  

Profiles of Success: Ann Martin Center 
Profiles of Success: Ann Martin Center (Part I).  Produced by Sandie Dorman and Aron Ranen.
See Part II, featuring the Bereavement and Educational Therapy programs as well as a look at AMC's Internship Program and Don Perata.