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 Dr. Michael Popkin, author of the Active Parenting programs
Michael Popkin, Ph.D.
As founder and president of Active Parenting Publishers, Dr. Popkin is widely recognized as the pioneer of video-based parent education. He has written the best-selling video-based programs Active Parenting 4th Edition; Active Parenting of Teens; Families in Action; Active Parenting for Stepfamilies; Parents on Board: Building Academic Success through Parent Involvement; Windows: Healing and Helping through Loss; and Free the Horses: a Character Education Adventure. He is also the author of the popular book Taming the Spirited Child. His latest project is Active Parenting: First Five Years, a parenting program for early childhood.

experienced parent educator Janet Rivers-Thompson

Janet Rivers-Thompson, LPC, CMFT
Janet is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Marriage and Family Therapist. She retired as a School Psychologist from a large urban public school system in New Jersey where she was employed as an elementary school teacher and worked with special needs students as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant. In her private practice with her husband, she specialized in counseling parents, children, couples and families. Janet has been teaching Active Parenting classes since the late 1990s to the present and has been an Active Parenting National Certified Trainer since 2003.


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