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 Mothering:  

How Mindfulness and Self-Care Intersect

A 4-part series focused on building a mindfulness practice as a form of self-care for Moms

Please join other moms for this 4-part series focused on better understanding the physiology of mindfulness, learning mindfulness skills and improving overall self-care to increase liking of yourself and enjoyment of your role as Mom. Any Mom (from pregnancy and beyond) could benefit from this series.

Most Moms put others needs in front of their own and can end up feeling stretched too thin. Enjoy this time to prioritize your needs to benefit your health and wellness and your family. Help support other Moms who are struggling to find balance and stay present. Classes will be led by Allison Peterson, LP - owner and therapist at Mindful Families. Please contact Allison with questions ([email protected] or 612-486-2956).

Participants would be invited to commit to all 4 classes, meeting every other Monday 

Dates: September 9, September 23, October 7 and October 21

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

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

Registration: $100 for all 4 classes, tickets at Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindful-mothering-how-mindfulness-and-self-care-intersect-tickets-60829494656

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  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parenting-skills-101-tips-and-tricks-to-get-your-kids-to-do-what-you-want-tickets-59131274233

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  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stress-management-for-parenting-survival-strategies-tickets-59132356470

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-workshop-for-parents-and-teenstweens-tickets-59133119753

Fatherhood: Supporting the Journey

Support Group for Dads

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


  • 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

Dates: 6-session group running every other Monday, 5:30-7:00 pm 

  • 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

Location: Mindful Families 7400 Metro Blvd Ste 190 Edina, MN 55439

Registration: $25/session, tickets at Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fatherhood-supporting-the-journey-tickets-56052449385

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