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Be here now, no other place to be.
This whole world keeps changing,
Come change with me!

Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings,
Be Here Now, from Boneclouds

Workshops and

Scheduling a Workshop

Book Release Press
and Events

Children and adults all struggle with “being here now” in the present moment, while they are trying to meet their daily energy, discipline, creativity, belonging and ability basic needs.When we see other people behave in some wayward direction, we initially may not recognize their intentions.  After all, we have needs of our own, and often, our immediate needs do not travel well with the immediate needs of another person.

This has been one of the best inservices I have been to… I have been teaching for 30 years and learned so much about myself and my students. 

Cindy Veren, 
Tamarak Country Day School   

What a wonderful experience! Dr. Johnston presented an abundance of information that will easily be incorporated into our classrooms. She spoke a language that was powerful and insightful… it should be noted that it wasn’t simply English.  

Tamarak Country Day School

Thanks for an extraordinary workshop! Teachers can go to many workshops and learn the “stuff.” But this workshop touches on the heart, soul and mind of the child, teacher and parent…truly inspired…truly will encourage our teachers to refer back to the inspiration of Janis! 

Monica Duffey,
Education Coordinator, Buffalo Grove Park District Preschool

One of our biggest challenges in life is coping with a loss. Loss can trip you. We sometimes feel like the twelve-year-old child who anguished over the terrorist attack in the United States on September 11, 2001: “It’s too big…I can’t understand it…I’m sure it’s worse than I can imagine…" Family stories contain life and death issues, challenging parents and teachers with worse-than-they-ever-imagined details. All of us have to embrace problem solving in our lives, ready or not.

Workshops, Presentations, and Book Readings

Listen to:


Teacher Workshop, Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium, (AM) "Problem Solvers in Early Childhood" and (PM) "Mindfulness for Caregiver/Teacher Problem Solving" (February 25, 2017), Oak Park, IL

Book Reading/Signing, Midlife Maze: A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss, Oak Park Main Library (March 8, 2017), Oak Park, IL

Book Reading/Signing, Midlife Maze, Francie & Finch Bookshop (March 17, 2017), Lincoln, NE

Radio and Online Interviews: Boomer Talk Radio, WGVU Morning Show, Fab Over Fifty, Feisty Side of Fifty, WGN Steve Cochran Show, A Touch of Grey, From Grief to Grace Unity Radio (March-April, 2017)

Book Signing for Midlife Maze, Printer's Row Lit Fest (June 10, 2017), Chicago

Teacher Workshop, NAIL IT! 5 Things that Children Wish their Teachers Knew, Vernon Area Library (August 3, 2017), Lincolnshire, IL

Preschool Teacher Workshop, Concordia University Early Childhood Conference, "EQ, CQ, and IQ: The Quest for Great Teaching" (August 4, 2017), River Forest, IL

Book Reading/Signing for Midlife Maze, River Forest Public Library (September 10, 2017), River Forest, IL 

Book Reading/Signing for Midlife Maze, Forest Park Public Library (September 13, 2017), Forest Park, IL

Workshop for Seniors, Belmont Village, "Mindfulness and More: How to Cope with the Loss in Your Life" (September 21, 2017), Oak Park, IL

IFS Psychotherapist Training Retreat, "Self-Led Grieving: A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss" (October 6-8, 2017, Chimney Corners, MI

Workshop for psychotherapists, IFS Annual Conference, "Self-Led Grieving" (October 27-29), Providence, RI

Workshop for psychotherapists, Illinois Counseling Association Conference, "Creative Grieving" (November 10, 2017), Lisle, IL

Dr. Johnston
Monte Gerlach


Teacher Workshop, Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, "Teacher Tune-up: Every Lesson Benefits from Creativity" (January 25, 2016), Geneva, IL

Workshop for Women's Impact Project, Manchester University, College of Pharmacy, "Midlife Maze: Map Your Way to Creativity!" (February 2, 2016), Ft. Wayne, IN

Psychotherapist Workshop, Oak Park Networking Group, "Map a Way through Loss: Personality Mapping as a Therapy Tool" (February 18, 2016), Oak Park, IL

Teacher and Parent Workshop, Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium, "Stress is Not Your Enemy: Create a Stress-is-Enhancing Mindset" (February 27, 2016), Oak Park, IL

Three Session Parenting Series for Children's Wonder Works Museum, "Dealing with Tough Stuff: U-Turns in Parenting (February 29, March 21, and April 25, 2016), Oak Park, IL

Preschool Teacher Workshop for Collaboration for Early Childhood, "ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understand the Puzzling Behaviors and Help Young Children Cope," (May 17, 2016), Oak Park, IL

40th Annual Early Childhood Conference, "Brain Changer Problem-Solving in the Classroom," Concordia University Chicago (August 5, 2016), River Forest, IL

Preschool Teacher Workshop for Collaboration for Early Childhood,"NAIL IT! 5 Things that Children Wish their Early Childhood Teachers Knew" (October 11, 2016), Oak Park, IL

Three session Parent Book Club for Parenthesis Family Center (November 14, 21, and 28), Oak Park, IL

Illinois Counseling Association Conference, "Conscious Grieving: It Takes a Village of Personality Parts" (November 4, 2016), Springfield, IL


Workshop for Sunday School teachers, Unity Temple, "Teacher Tune-Up: Every Lesson Benefits from Creativity" (January 31, 2015), Oak Park, IL

Teacher and Parent Workshop for Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium, "Is Everyone Listening and Learning? Teaching Diverse Learners" (February 21, 2015), Oak Park, IL

Speaker for Oak Park Women's Guild, "Power-with" Communication rather than "Power-over" Communication" How Discipline Works Best (March 4, 2015), Oak Park, IL

NAMI Illinois Piecing It All Together Conference, “Tend and Befriend: Distress Reduction for Parents and Teachers,” (March 21, 2015) Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Three Session Parenting Series for Parenthesis Family Center, "Dealing with Tough Stuff: U-Turns in Parenting," (April 13, April 20, and April 27, 2015), Oak Park, IL

Book Reading/Signing, “It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent,” Women and Children First Bookstore, (May 6, 2015), Chicago, IL

Two Session Parenting Series for Parenthesis Family Center, "Hands ON: Parenting in Present Moments" (October 5 and October 12, 2015), Oak Park, IL

Kansas Governor's Conference for Prevention of Child Abuse, "Tend and Befriend: Distress Reduction to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect" (November 5, 2015), Topeka, KS

Illinois Counseling Association Conference, "Courageous Parenting: Expect to Change Yourself When You Want Your Child to Change" (November 12, 2015), Skokie, IL


Professional Workshop for Internal Family Systems Conference, "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Part of me is Only 5 Years Old!" (November 13-16, 2014), Providence, RI

Professional Workshop for Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Conference, "Chicken vs. Egg: How Can You Care for Children without Caring for Parents?" (November 6-7, 2014), Springfield, IL

Book reading/signing for Oak Park Arms (October 18, 2014), Oak Park, IL

Signing for Manchester University (October 11, 2014), North Manchester, IN

Parent Workshop for Parenthesis Family Center, “Stop. Look. Listen. Catch Your Kids Being Good” (June 29, 2014), Oak Park, IL

Preschool Workshop for Little Beginnings Day Care, “Grow, Grow Like a Plant,” (May 29, 2014), Oak Park, IL

Parent and Toddler Workshop for Parenthesis Family Center, “Parenting and Gardening—Growing Love Stories” (May 6, 2014), Oak Park, IL

Book reading/signing for Oak Park Public Library (May 1, 2014), Oak Park, IL

Workshop for Continuing Education for Health Professionals at Oakton Community College, "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent" (March 6, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) 1600 E. Golf Road Des Plaines, IL

Parenting Workshop, "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent" (March 10, 2014, 6:30 P.M.) St Joseph Public Library, 304 South Main Street, South Bend, IN

Teacher and Parent Workshop for Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium (February 22, 2014), "The Power of Play: Increase Your Own Creativity Quotient," Julian Middle School, Oak Park, IL


Manchester University Scholarship Dinner (April, 2013), "Education Aboard the Flying Carpet"

Book Reading and Signing for It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent (May 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm), Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL

Boston Radio Interview with Frankie Boyer, The Lifestyle Show (June 26, 2013)

Detroit Radio Interview with Paul Miller, Morning Show (June 28, 2013) Play audio here.

Philadelphia Radio Interview with Peter Solomon, Conversations with Peter Solomon (July 14, 2013)

Book Reading and Signing (August 4, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.) A Children's Place Bookstore 4807 NE Fremont Street Portland, OR 97213

Article in Chicago Parent, "Your Biggest Battle Solved" (Available September 23, 2013)

Parent Workshop for TMS Psychological Services, "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Lesson 1. Meet Five Basic Needs" (October 3, 2013) 15 Spinning Wheel Road, #426 Hinsdale, IL 60521

Book Signing for Chicago Book Expo, Illinois Woman's Press Association booth (November 24, 2013), St. Augustine College, 1345 W, Argyle, Chicago, IL

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To Confer with Dr. Janis Johnston about Scheduling a Workshop

Consultation services blend problem solving techniques with exercises from cognitive therapy and family systems therapy. Participants learn to identify underlying basic needs in order to understand their current dilemma. Personality mapping helps participants explore the roles they play in relating to others. Some common consultation issues include: 

  • Childhood/adolescent/adult development
  • Single parenting/dual career parenting
  • Stress management/time management
  • Child behavior problems
  • Anger management
  • Crisis intervention/grieving
  • Performance enhancement
  • Team building
  • Communication/assertiveness training

Call or email Dr. Janis Johnston to discuss your workshop or other consultation needs.


Life can only be understood backwards,
but it must be lived forwards.

Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard

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