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Shaping Habits for Improvement Fridays for Teens (SHIFT)

Dear Parents,

Tokyo International Progressive School is very proud to host the SHIFT outreach program for parents who feel challenged to cope with typical developmental issues in their families. Our lives are the sum of our habits, and shaping those habits into productive ones at a young age can change the direction we take.

We at TIPS recognize that young people mature at different rates. Learning challenges in children and teens do not end on the bus ride home, but can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Become more informed by professionals on how we as parents can shape the habits of young people for the better.

Seminars are scheduled four times this academic year with various - but connected - themes. Each seminar will be presented by a selected professional actively working with international families in Tokyo. This is an exceptional opportunity for parents who would appreciate tips in parenting teenagers and younger children.

We look forward to seeing you at SHIFT presentations.

Session on Friday, May 15, 2020, "Increasing Motivation with Teens" by Dr. Ron Shumsky has been canceled.


Lyn Sato
Tokyo International Progressive School

Themes, Dates & Presenters

  • I. Understanding Teens with Anger (Finished) Click HERE
    Friday, October 11, 2019 - Mr. Michael Nevans
  • II. Understanding Teens with Anxiety(Finished)
    Friday, December 6, 2019 - Dr. Misa Tsuruta
  • III. Understanding Teens with ADHD(Finished) Click HERE
    Friday, February 21,2020 - Mr. Jermaine Daz
  • IV. Increasing Motivation with Teens(CANCELED)
    Friday, May 15, 2020 - Dr. Ron Shumsky

Our SHIFT Program

  • 18:00-19:00 (Door Opens at 17:45)
  • Amission Free
  • Non-TIPS Parents are Welcome!
  • Application Form Required (Click "Join us NOW" below)
  • Delivered in English
  • Snacks and Drinks Provided

Friday, Oct 11
Understanding Teens with Anger

Mr. Michael Nevans

Mr. Michael Nevans is a California Licensed Marital and Family Therapist working in Tokyo, Japan. Michael pursued his education in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego (BA) and in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego (MA). After three years of field placement and additional education, Michael became a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. Michael specializes in individual, couples, family, and group therapy for teenagers and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, adaptation struggles, grief & loss, and relationship issues. He has also spent over seven years working in the field of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment.

Friday, December 6
UnderstandingTeen with Anxiety

Dr. Misa Tsuruta

Misa Tsuruta, PhD, obtained her PhD in Cognitive, Social and Developmental Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. Currently, as the owner of Openmind Psychology she is active as a bilingual psychotherapist and workshop provider in Tokyo, mostly serving English- and Japanese-speaking adult and adolescent clients. In academic years 2017-2019, she was a school psychologist at TIPS.

Friday, February 21
Understanding Teens with ADHD

Mr. Jermaine Daz

Mr. Daz has been working in Tokyo, Japan for almost 13 years, helping children with different levels of difficulties. He is a licensed Occupational Therapist from the Philippines. He has been working with children with special needs for the past 20 years. He also has a teenage nephew with ADHD and understands strengths and weaknesses associated with ADHD.

Friday, May 15
Increasing Motivation with Teens

Dr. Ron Shumsky

Dr. Ron Shumsky is a clinical psychologist and child neuropsychologist, in private practice in Tokyo. He is author of "The Survival Guide for School Success", a book for kids on how to pay attention when painfully bored, and how to self-motivate when wholly uninterested.