Mindful Families

Supporting families through growth-based therapy and skill building


Mindful Families' Allison Peterson, MA, LP offers workshops on variety of topics from parenting to mindfulness. Scroll down to learn about the current offerings. Please contact Mindful Families if you are interested in hosting a workshop at your location

Mindful Mondays For Moms

Motherhood is a big transition. Mindfulness can help.

Whether you’re a brand new mom or you’ve been at this a while, you know how it feels to juggle weighty emotions and responsibilities at this time of life.

Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally focusing on the present moment, paying attention to thoughts and feelings without judging them. It is a wonderful way to increase your enjoyment of your children, keep your stress levels down, and manage the “bigness” of modern mothering.

Join us every other Monday for an hour of developing and practicing Mindfulness. The hour will begin and end with breath work, intentional relaxation, and Mindfulness skill building. The middle of class will be spent connecting with other moms, sharing resources, and processing the journey into motherhood.

Regular attendance will help you begin or develop your Mindfulness practice and give you tools to use at home for everyday calming strategies. This ongoing class is helpful whether you take it just once or make it a habit. Appropriate for anyone, from beginners to seasoned practitioners, and any mother at any point from pregnancy and beyond.

Mindful Mondays for Moms are scheduled every other Monday, rotating day/evening times with a rotation of Mindful Families providers. The cost is $15 per session but no interested person will be turned away.

Dates/Times: Two Mondays a month, alternating day and evening times, 10:00 am or 7:00 pm

Location: Mindful Families Group Room 7400 Metro Blvd, Suite 190, Edina, MN 55439

Registration: $15 per session or 5 sessions for $50, tickets at Eventbrite

Parenting Skills 101: 
Tips and Tricks to Get Your Kids to Do What You Want

Are you struggling to get your child do what you want? Are you and your partner unsure how to handle behavioral challenges? Then this workshop is for you.

This 3-hour workshop will discuss creating structure, limit setting and communicating with your child. The workshop will be facilitated by psychologist and family therapist Allison Peterson, MA, LP. 

You will also have the opportunity to discuss your parenting concerns and receive support from other parents. The workshop is designed to meet the needs of parents with children of all ages. 

Dates: April 20th, June 22nd, September 21st, December 7th

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Mindful Families Group Room 7400 Metro Blvd, Suite 190, Edina, MN 55439

Registration: $150 per parent couple, tickets at Eventbrite

Stress Management for Parenting:

Survival Strategies including Self-care, Mindfulness and More

Parenthood brings great joy, but can also bring a new level of stress and worry. Learning how to manage your stress more effectively is the key to improving your quality of life and your enjoyment of this new stage.

The class will teach you coping strategies for managing stress related to parenting, including: understanding the physiological effects of stress, daily self-care to reduce the impact of stress, mindfulness techniques and communication skills. The class includes mindfulness exercises such as breath work, relaxation and cognitive strategies.
You can attend alone or with a partner, although couples who attend together may discover new ways to strengthen their relationship.

Date: Dates: April 20th, June 22nd, September 21st, December 7th

Times: 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: Mindful Families Group Room 7400 Metro Blvd, Suite 190, Edina, MN 55439

Registration: $75 per person, tickets at Eventbrite

Social Media Workshop for Parents and Teens/Tweens

Social media has added a whole new dimension to parenting. Many parents are unsure of how to monitor social media, either avoiding talking about it all or forbidding kids to use it. This interactive workshop is for you and your child to discuss how to use social media in a healthy way.  Allison Peterson, MA, LP will discuss common difficulties encountered by families including risky social media behaviors, engaging with unknown persons and safety issues that end up on social media. Learn how to talk with your child about these concerns while allowing them to develop effective social skills. We will discuss using a social media contract to set appropriate boundaries for use and supervision of various social media platforms.

Date: April 21st, June 23nd, September 22nd, December 8th

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Mindful Families Group Room 7400 Metro Blvd, Suite 190, Edina, MN 55439 Registration: $75/family, tickets at Eventbrite

Fatherhood: Supporting the Journey

Support Group for Dads

(Expectant Fathers to Fathers with children up to age 10)

When: 6-session group running every other Monday, 5:30-7:00 pm at Mindful

Families 7400 Metro Blvd Ste 190 Edina, MN 55439

  • March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3—We would love to have fathers commit to all support group sessions
  • Snacks and drinks will be provided


  • Exploring identity and expectations as a father
  • Addressing work-social-home life balance
  • Finding ways to connect with partner and children
  • Building confidence about parenting skills


  • Nonjudgmental support
  • Sharing mutual experiences
  • Exploring challenges
  • Gaining more insight and parenting skills to use at home

Cost: $25/session—Look for the link to Eventbrite on the Mindful Families

Facebook page or go to Eventbrite and search for Fatherhood: Supporting the Journey to register

Dialectical Parenting:

A Technique for Parenting Children with Mood and Behavior Regulation Disorders

This interactive workshop will help those parenting or working with youth who emotional or behavioral regulation. Participants will understand the underlying dynamics of dysregulation and explore a model to help address both mood and behavior in a more effective manner. 

Date: TBD, scheduled after 4 or more families submit interest via the contact form below

Registration:  submit the contact form below to let us know your interested and purchase the workshop via PayPal.

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Perinatal Mental Health Community and Volunteer Training

PPSM is sponsoring a Maternal Mental Health Training for community professionals and interested volunteers. This training will help you to better understand maternal mental health complications including antenatal/postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis. The training will cover risk factors, symptoms and interventions. It is ideal for mental health professionals, childbirth educators and birth professionals such as doulas, complementary medical professional such as acupuncturists and chiropractors. This portion of the training is scheduled from 9:00 am- 2:00 pm. 4 CEU's are available. The fee is $75.00 however no interested person will be turned away. Trainings are offered twice yearly. 

Date: August 7, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location:  Mindful Families Group Room 7400 Metro Blvd, Suite 190, Edina, MN 55439