Don MacMannis, Ph.D. is a child and family psychologist and Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara. He has specialized in the treatment of children and families for fifty years. In addition to his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, he has a master’s in school-child psychology from University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth. He recently won the title of “Best Family Therapist” in a poll taken by SBParent.com.
“Dr. Mac” is the co-author of two highly acclaimed books. How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family is a guidebook to assessing and improving family patterns.Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant Strong-Willed Child is a self-help book that has also been incorporated into an online course, Parenting Spirited Strong-Willed Kids, that has been attended by over a thousand parents internationally.
Also specializing in creative projects for young children, he was music director, scriptwriter and songwriter for the PBS hit series, Jay Jay the Jet Plane. Dr. Mac’s Happy Kids Songs are a series of over fifty award-winning songs and activities that have been shown to help boost character, social and emotional learning.
Finally, Don has just completed the script and music for a play entitled Elementary School Musical. Packed with humor, mystery and surprise, the story taps into a variety of challenging themes for today’s kids. The eight original award-winning songs for this musical have been professionally recorded and mastered, providing a template for theater groups, schools and classrooms everywhere.
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