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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.

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.

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

Workshops, Presentations, and Book Readings

Listen to:



Workshop, "Mind the Stress Mess of Infants & Toddlers? Mend Your Mind!" Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium, Oak Park, IL (February 29, 2020)

Workshop, "Good Grief! What Do I Tell the Kids About Death?" First United Preschool, Oak Park, IL (March 3, 2020)

Workshop, "Who Needs a Growth-and-Grit Mindset More— Parents or Kids?" New Moms Parent Group, Chicago, IL (March 31, 2020)

Dr. Johnston
Monte Gerlach


Keynote Address, Unitarian Universalist Women's Retreat, "The Fourth Response: Tend-and-Befriend" (February 15, 2019), Darien, IL

Workshop, "Discipline is Not a Problem! Create a MINDFUL Space for Learning," Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium (February  23, 2019), Oak Park, IL

Workshop, "Retirement or Rewirement? Make Your Senior Years Electric!" Arbor West Neighbors (February  24, 2019), Oak Park, IL 

Workshop, "Discipline is Not a Problem!" Jewish Child and Family Services, Chicago, IL (May 21, 2019)

Workshop for Therapists, "Retirement or Rewirement? IFS Personality Maps Uncover Inner Wiring," Internal Family Systems Annual Conference, Denver, CO (September 27, 2019)

Library Book Talk, "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent," Edgewater Library, Chicago, IL (October 26, 2019)

Workshop for Therapists, "Retirement vs. Rewirement: Shared Transactions Across Life Uncover Inner Wiring," Illinois Counseling Association, Skokie, IL (November 9, 2019)


Staff Development, Team Building for Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Ministry (January 20 & February 4, 2018), Lisle, IL

Book Reading/Signing, Midlife Maze: A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss (February 9, 2018), Tuscan, AZ

TV Cable Taping for "Open to Hope," Midlife Maze: A Map to Recovery & Rediscovery after Loss (February 10, 2018), Tucson, AZ

Teacher Workshop, Collaboration for Early Childhood Symposium, “Sow the Seeds of Grit for a Growth Mindset for Preschoolers” (February 24, 2018), Oak Park, IL

Workshop for School Counselors, “Name It to Tame It! Interventions with Grieving Children and Adolescents,” Illinois School Counselor Association (April 20, 2018), Rosemont, IL

Radio Interview: “Let’s Talk About Grief,” Voice America Empowerment Channel (July 30, 2018), 2018

Preschool Teacher Workshop, "Part Art: Creative Teaching of Emotions to Equip Every Child in Learning Anything!" Concordia University Early Childhood Conference (August 3, 2018), River Forest, IL

IFS Psychotherapists Training Retreat, "Parts' Creative Stories: Re-authoring the Stories We Tell Ourselves (September 27-30, 2018), Chimney Corners, MI

Book Reading/Signing, Midlife Maze, Satin Gloves Book Group (November 5, 2018), Oak Park, IL

Workshop for Psychotherapists, "CHANGE...DON'T CHANGE! Counseling Opposite Personality Roles," Illinois Counseling Association Conference (November 9, 2018), Itasca, IL

CUTV News Talk Radio Interview (December 7, 2018)


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 6-8), Providence, RI

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


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

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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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