Center for Reflective Communities



Center for Reflective Communities strengthens bonds between children and those who care for them, engendering healthy development for our children, families and communities. Through our growing network of community partnerships, CRP provides comprehensive, advanced trainings in our mindful and reflective approach to culturally competent mental health and early childhood professionals, who then bring our innovative programs to families and children most in need.Our programs help parents recognize that children’s behavior has underlying meaning that can be understood through reflective thinking, and that they have better developmental success cognitively, socially and emotionally when parents are able to reflect on what is going on inside their children and inside themselves


CRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Paulene Popek, PhD and Regina Pally, MD in 2008. Motivated by the research that shows children do better throughout their lives when they have a strong attachment relationship with a caregiver, and the caregiver is able to be reflective and think about the meaning that underlies behavior, CRC developed three programs to enhance reflective thinking in all those who care for children.

•    Mindful Parenting Groups (MPG) – A hands-on, interactive, relationship-focused group model for parents and their infants, toddlers or preschoolers
•    Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) – Reflective parenting skills training, offering curriculum-based groups for parents from prenatal-adolescence
•    Reflective Care Program (RCP) – A customized, reflective approach for educators, caregivers and others supporting the well-being of children in educational, residential, child care and home settings
•    Educational workshops, In-services, and conference presentations





How long are the parenting groups?

RPP groups are 10 or 12 weeks
MPG are ongoing with a recommendation of 6 months minimum

What is the difference between Reflective Parenting and Mindful Parenting?

Are trainings meant for only mental health professionals?

RPP and MPG are meant for mental health professionals.
Our Reflective Care Program (RCP) is a more tailored training that can reach others who work with children.

I am a mental health professional, how can I sign up for trainings?

Level 1 trainings in both Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) and Mindful Parenting Program (MPG) are held at CRC twice a year. To view the calendar, click HERE

Where can I take parent workshops?

CRC has trained numerous agencies to hold parenting workshops. Click HERE to view a list of agencies who hold ongoing parenting workshops.

CRC Leadership Team

Our team is comprised of dedicated mental health professionals who donate their time to our mission and vision to create reflective communities for every child to support them and help them flourish.

Who we are

Pictured (L to R):
Natalie Levine, LCSW
John Grienenberger, PhD
Annie Wilson, LCSW
Bronwyn Talbot, MFT
Wendy Ramirez
Regina Pally, MD
Wendy Denham, PhD
Michelle Abid
Diane Reynolds, MFT
For more detailed information, please visit our Leadership Team page