OK-UP Workshops - Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa


Date Time Workshop Title Facilitator(s) Location

Feb. 15, 2018

5:30-7:30 p.m. Autonomy with connectedness: Supporting your toddler's developing independence  Amy Williamson OSU-Tulsa
700 N Greenwood Ave, Tulsa

April 10, 2018

5:30-7:30 p.m. Family Rituals and Routines: How to Stop Chaos and Start Healthy Habits Amanda Morris
Michael Criss
Greenwood Cultural Center
322 N Greenwood Ave, Tulsa

May 4, 2018

8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Active Parenting 4th Edition (ages 5-12) Facilitator Training

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Amanda Morris OSU-Tulsa
700 N Greenwood Ave, Tulsa
June 8, 2018 10-11 a.m.

Parenting bicultural children: Turning cultural differences into family assets


Martha Zapata

Catholic Charities
2450 N Harvard Ave.
Main entrance

June 8, 2018

12-1 p.m.

Parenting bicultural children: Turning cultural differences into family assets


Martha Zapata Catholic Charities
2450 N Harvard Ave.
Main entrance

*OK-UP also offers  specialized training for people who are interested in facilitating parenting groups. Upcoming trainings will be held in October 2017 and May 2018. For more information about trainings, contact Dr. Martha Zapata Roblyer at 918-594-8469.


Workshop Descriptions

Check and Balance: Strategies to Manage your Money

Michelle Bonicelli
Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Educator
Family and Consumer Sciences / 4-H

Check and Balance is a money management program designed for mandated bogus check writer’s classes and other people who would benefit from a basic money management class.  Topics covered include Money Management Basics, Money Management Tools, Tracking, Balancing and Reconciling, Pennies Make Dollars (Saving), Using Credit, Credit Reporting and Scores, and Risk Management (Insurance).

Speaker Bio: Ms. Bonicelli earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences and Community Service from Oklahoma State University.  She is an experienced educator, having received the 2002 Webster High School Teacher of the Year and the 2014 Sand Springs School District Teacher of the Year awards. She was the executive director of Sand Springs Community Services. Currently she is the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for Tulsa County, OSU Extension. 

Ready for School, Ready for Life: Preparing Children for Success

Lucia Ciciolla
Assistant Professor
Oklahoma State University
Psychology Department

Ready for School, Ready for Life will focus on preparing children for academic success from pre-K through college. Topics will include social-emotional development, language and literacy, numeracy and math, special education and supporting the process of learning.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Lucia Ciciolla earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University, and completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ciciolla was trained as a clinical scientist with specializations in infancy and early childhood, perinatal and maternal mental health, parenting, and trauma. Her research is focused on understanding processes of risk and resilience within the context of the parent-child relationship, with primary interests in parental caregiving and parent-child interactions as mechanisms underlying children’s development and the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology.

Autonomy with Connectedness: Supporting your Toddler's Developing Independence 

Amy Williamson
Ramona Ware Emmons Paul Professor in Early Childhood
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Director, Institute for Building Early Relationships

As babies grow into toddlers they begin to develop more autonomy and independence. This can be a tough time for parents as they learn to set limits while still providing support and encouragement for their children’s development. This workshop will provide parents with information about toddler development, how toddlers differ from babies and preschoolers, and strategies for successfully parenting children through this stage with love.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Williamson’s received her PhD in Human development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on infant/toddler social-emotional development and mental health, and early care and education. Some of her recent work includes a study of well-being and beliefs about infant mental health in the general population and in a sub-sample of early childhood education providers and a study examining caregiver psychosocial characteristics as predictors of classroom interactions in Early Head Start.

Family Rituals and Routines: How to Stop Chaos and Start Healthy Habits

Amanda Morris
Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Child Development

Michael Criss
Associate Professor
Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science

Learn techniques for keeping good bedtimes (for all ages!), minimizing stress, and keeping order in your home. We will discuss how to set up routines, family rules, and how to keep these going as children age. We will also talk about how to utilize family meetings to make family decisions.

Speaker Bios: Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris received her PhD in Psychology from Temple University, and completed post-doctoral work at Arizona State University.  She is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, emotion regulation, and developmental psychopathology.  Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in child and adolescent adjustment and the ways in which children learn successful regulation skills.

Dr. Michael Criss earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Dr. Criss has published extensively on developmental psychopathology, particularly the development of antisocial behavior during middle childhood and adolescence. His research also has focused on developmental change in parenting and parent-child relationship quality and factors that are related to such change.

Parenting Bicultural Children: Turning Cultural Differences into Family Assets

Dr. Martha Zapata
Research Scientist
Child and Adolescent Development Lab
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa

This workshop is geared towards immigrant parents rearing children in the United States. Challenges rearing children immersed in two cultures, strategies to bridge cultural gaps in the family, maintaining positive parent-child relationships, and managing culture-related stress will be discussed.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Martha Zapata earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University. Her research has examined social, legal, and cultural factors influencing the mental health of Latino immigrants and their children. Before entering academia, Dr. Zapata worked in the fields of organization psychology, mental health, and non-profit management. She is a native Spanish speaker and has facilitated numerous workshops for Latino families and practitioners working with immigrant populations.