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Workshops by Aletha Solter, Ph.D.

This page describes Aletha Solter's workshops. The certified Aware Parenting instructors (in 19 countries) also offer workshops, lectures, and support groups. Please contact these people directly for information about Aware Parenting activities in their area.

Aletha Solter, PhD, is a developmental psychologist, international speaker, consultant, and founder of the Aware Parenting Institute ( Her books have been translated into many languages, and she is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline.

The titles of her books are The Aware Baby, Cooperative and Connected (a revised edition of Helping Young Children Flourish), Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play.

Aletha Solter leading a workshop in Santa Barbara, California

Aletha Solter leading a workshop in Santa Barbara, California, February 2017


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red dot Aletha Solter's upcoming workshops
red dot Sponsoring a workshop
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Three-minute video about Aletha Solter's workshops


Self-paced courses based on Aletha Solter's books

If you are a psychologist, therapist, or social worker in the U.S., you can receive continuing education units for courses based on two of Aletha Solter's books (The Aware Baby and Tears and Tantrums). These courses consist of a copy of the book for you to study on your own, a multiple choice online exam. and a printable certificate. Go to the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences ( (Click on the tab at the top that says "Continuing Ed", then select "All CE Courses" and search for the titles of her books in the list of courses. If you are not a licensed practitioner, simply type in the number zero when the system asks for a license number.)

Note: The AATBS website is accessible only to residents of the United States.


Live workshops

This information is updated frequently. Please check back again soon.

heart February 22, 2020: Full-day workshop in Santa Barbara, California.

red dot Helping children heal from stress and trauma

Stress and trauma early in life can alter children's neurobiological systems and lead to anxiety, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, attachment disorders, sleep problems, learning difficulties, depression, and physical illnesses. Luckily, children know how to heal from trauma if we give them the opportunity. You will learn how to create an atmosphere of emotional safety in which babies and children can restore emotional health. The focus will be on facilitating children's spontaneous stress-release mechanisms of play, laughter, crying, and raging.

This workshop is of interest to parents and other caregivers, therapists, psychologists, teachers, social workers, and health professionals. The information applies to children from birth to age 12.

Note: This workshop meets the six-hour workshop requirement for certification as a Level 1 Aware Parenting instructor. (Click here for a complete list of the requirements for certification.)

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Fee: $49 per person. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of one of Aletha Solter's books.


Schott Campus (Room 6)
310 West Padre Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Sponsored by the SBCC School of Extended Learning.

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Click here for a printable flyer.

heart March 20 and 21, 2020: Workshops in Israel.

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heart June 13, 2020: Full-day workshop in Des Moines, Iowa.

red dot How children heal from stress and trauma

Stress and trauma early in life can alter children's neurobiological systems and lead to anxiety, behavior problems, hyperactivity, attachment disorders, sleep problems, learning difficulties, depression, and physical illnesses. Luckily, children know how to heal from trauma if we give them the opportunity. We will review the major sources and symptoms of stress and trauma during infancy and early childhood, and discuss the conditions required for children to restore emotional health. The focus will be on creating emotional safety and facilitating children's spontaneous stress-release mechanisms of crying, play, and laughter.

This workshop is for parents as well as professionals (teachers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, doctors, nurses, social workers, etc.). The information applies to children from birth to age 12.

Note: This workshop meets the six-hour workshop requirement for certification as a Level 1 Aware Parenting instructor. (Click here for a complete list of the requirements for certification.) In addition, participants can receive six units of continuing education credits.

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020

Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Fee: $100 per person.

Click here for more information and to register.


Sponsoring a Workshop

Aletha Solter offers talks and workshops for parents and professionals on a variety of topics based on the philosophy described in her books. These talks and workshops range in length from a two-hour presentation to a full-day workshop. In addition she is available to give one-hour presentations for organizations as a conference or keynote speaker. She can do all of her presentations in either English or French. She can also give some of her two-hour lectures in German or Spanish.

Aletha has delighted parents and professionals in 17 countries with her informative and entertaining presentations. If you wish to organize a presentation in your area, please contact her at (805) 968-1868, or by e-mail at, and ask for her workshop information sheet.

Click here for more information about Aletha Solter.


Comments from workshop organizers and sponsors

"I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Aletha for making the Aware Parenting conference in London possible. It was absolutely amazing. I was moved by the amount of people who came to hear her speak, especially those who travelled so far to come to London. I was overwhelmed by the warmth and kindness shared among the attendees and blown away by the content of Aletha's workshops."
Rebecca Sheikh (Founder of Flourishing Childhood, London)

"Thank you for your great presentations. The feedback from your talks was uniformly glowing. You're a pro!"
Ed Hofmann-Smith, ND (The Natural Childbirth and Family Clinic, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.)

"Thank you so much for your workshop. It was incredibly inspiring to me, and I know also to the others who attended."
Jenny Hornung (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

"As a mother and therapist working in Johannesburg, South Africa, the workshops were a reminder of how crucial it is to keep our children's spirits intact, right from the beginning. I was reminded of so many things, but especially the importance of connecting, holding and unconditionally allowing our children to express what they feel. Thank you for travelling so far to share your teachings with us."
Michele Wolhuter (Therapist, Johannesburg, South Africa)

"Thank you so much for your time with us in Sedona. Feedback from parents continues to come in on how helpful the workshop was for them, and how much they valued what you offered. I am very pleased to say that these families have told me that they are already putting to use your suggestions... The moms have expressed how thrilled they are to have partners who now understand and are genuinely excited about putting Aware Parenting practices to work within their families. What a truly valuable gift Aware Parenting is in a world in which we have lost touch with our innate nurturing instincts."
Charity Cygal (Director of the Red Earth Waldorf Kindergarten, Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A.)

"I am so grateful for you coming to Australia to spread Aware Parenting further round the globe. In particular, I was so impressed with your presentation style and how you found a way to include humour, research, your own experiences, practical suggestions, and also the experiences of the participants with their own children as well as with their parents. Your workshops reconnected me to the deep trust in each baby and child to do what they need to do, given enough aware attention."
Marion Rose, Ph.D. (Psychospiritual Parenting, Byron Bay, Australia)

"Congratulations for your elegantly clear presentation at the San Francisco Congress."
David Chamberlain, Ph.D. in Psychology (President, Board of Directors, Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health)

"I have gotten such wonderful feedback from those who attended the Florida workshops. You have not only changed our lives but the lives of many who attended...We feel so much more understanding, knowing now how our son will attempt to heal from various stresses and traumas. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, perplexed or angry, we feel more calm and thrilled to have some parenting tools to help him heal. The patience this kind of knowledge gives us is just amazing. It has also helped us to understand ourselves so much better. "
Kathy Brown (Founder, Parenting the Soul, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A.)

"I had the occasion to meet people who told me that they appreciated your talk in our Swiss village very much. As for myself, I was touched by the simplicity with which you presented the subject and gave your examples. I thank you for this model of authenticity that spoke to the heart of everyone."
Christiane Raboud (President of Parents' Association, Grimisuat, Switzerland)

"The people who came to your workshop in Geneva had nothing but good things to say about it. One woman told me that her husband said she was so much calmer and happier, and he asked what was going on. She replied that she felt so different about her child's crying that it improved her whole attitude."
Lisa Lindsey-Brandli (Kindermusic teacher, Geneva, Switzerland)

"Your talk in my town in Austria was wonderful! The audience was fascinated by your method."
Monika Lintner (Director, Parenting Center, Kirchdorf, Austria)

"I knew many of the 200 people at your Brussels workshop and people have been calling me to give me their positive impressions. Thank you for having opened up this enormous field of exploration and help for families. I wish you all the best, and specifically to reach more and more people in order to revolutionize our way of raising children. This is what a revolution is, isn't it? It's not always with noise and violence. Your actions are a part of this subtle revolution that I hope will make humanity more human, more aware."
Monique Somers (Therapist, Waterloo, Belgium)

"Your workshops here in the Netherlands were a real success...I liked your illustrations, the content, and your enthusiasm."
Hanneke van Hasselt (Therapist, Velp, The Netherlands)

"Wow! The San Francisco workshop was a fabulous success in all respects. You are a phenomenally experienced, knowledgeable, and charming speaker, and everyone learned a lot. Thank you so much!
Margo Braver (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)

"Mexican parents were very happy to have you in Mexico. You opened hearts for respect and love for children."
Renée Guindi Cohen (Director of Música Prenatal, Mexico City, Mexico)

Comments from workshop participants

(From the U.S.A.)
"Aletha is wonderful!!"
"Very informative with concrete, realistic examples."
"Extremely knowledgeable and easy to listen to."
"Very personable. She related a lot of her personal experience."
"Respectful presentation."

(From the UK) "I feel privileged that I could attend your workshops in London and hear directly from you about your work and your experiences with children and parents. I valued your empathetic and realistic tone. I felt nurtured."

(From Santa Barbara, California) "Thank you so much for the super helpful workshop yesterday! It felt so good to feel renewed in my confidence and clarity about being with my kids in a way I feel better about already. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will be keeping my eyes peeled for another opportunity to soak up your wisdom and sweet testimonies. I so loved your stories, and the way you hold children in your heart. Thank you for this beautiful work that you do and share."

(From Santa Barbara, California) "After the advanced workshop, a few more things clicked for me, and I have been really encouraging my daughter (age two) to get more feelings out... Lately, she has been telling me, 'Mommy is better mommy,' and 'Mommy is new mommy.' I thought I was doing pretty well before, but apparently she has noticed quite a difference. So I am grateful to you."

(From South Africa) "By the end of the workshop in Johannesburg I made an internal commitment to never spank my sons again. For the first time I could understand that such authoritarian methods are actually disrespectful and harmful to children."

(From France) "Your workshop in Paris was an outstanding experience to me. I really enjoyed attending! I was surprised how openly participants responded to your workshop and discussed their own childhoods among each other."

(From Spain) "Many thanks to Aletha Solter for everything she has taught us in order to respect all the needs of our children." "The workshop has helped me become a better human being in all the facets of my life as a therapist and mother."

(From Canada) "I am a child protection social worker in Canada. I recently attended two days of workshops with Aletha. Not only am I preaching her words of wisdom to all my clients who struggle with parenting, but I have changed my own parenting style. No more punishments or rewards for my kids....just love, patience, guidance and understanding. Thank you Aletha!"


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