Course Description

Let's face it, parenting is hard. Babies are born without a manual and parents are left to figure out what to do based on what they liked and didn't like about how they were raised. Sometimes parents feel judged by other parents, sometimes professionals don't understand what the parent is feeling, and sometimes parents aren't sure what their kids should and should not be doing, and what is appropriate for their ages. 

This series of courses was created to help parents learn more about what to expect from their children and what changes to expect at certain ages. Any professional who works with children will tell you that some of the biggest changes occur in the earliest years of a child's life, and sometimes it's hard to see progress and set backs clearly. Dr. Jodi Mullen and Ashley Lawton are both parents. They have worked with children for over 30 years combined and have a lot of experience seeing children grow developmentally. They want to help you learn what you can expect as your child grows up!

They hope to help you learn more about what is appropriate at certain ages, what are red flags to keep an eye on, and how you can best support your child, how you can be kind to yourself, and how you can create a positive relationship together! The first course in the series is their discussion about ages 3 - 5. Enjoy!

If you have any questions, please contact us through email: or call Kayla at (315) 342-9255.

Want a workbook with activities for families? 
Check out Naughty No More, the Mullen family's workbook for help families connect!

Naughty No More: A workbook for children who want to make good decisions

Presented by: 
Ashley Lawton MS, LMHC, NCC, CCPT-S, RPT

Jodi Mullen PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-Master 

Duration: 1.5 Hrs

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome & Description of the Course!

    • Tell us more about YOU!

  • 2


    • Main Course Video - Child Development for Parents - Ages 3 - 5

  • 3


    • Dr. Mullen's parenting podcast - "Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids" (Podcast)

    • Raising Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids: 20 Principles for Becoming the Parent Your Child Needs

    • Naughty No More: A workbook for children who want to make good decisions (Workbook)

    • Integrative Counseling Services on YouTube!

    • (Resources we like!)Developmental Milestones 3-5

    • (Resources we like!) Links

    • Dr. Stuart Brown - Play is more than just fun (Video - TED Talk)

    • About Play and Play Therapy (videos)

  • 4

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback Survey

About the instructors


Jodi Mullen

Dr. Jodi Weinstein Mullen, PhD LMHC NCC RPT-S CCPT-Master is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services in Oswego, Fulton, Cicero, and Auburn, New York. She is on the faculty at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. Dr. Mullen is a credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor. She is the author of several manuscripts on play therapy and supervision. Her books include “Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss”(co-authored by Dr. Jody Fiorini)(2006), “Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning & Living & the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy”(2007), “Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors” (co-edited with Athena Drewes) (2008), and “How Play Therapists Can Engage Parents & Professionals” (co-authored by June Rickli)(2011). Dr. Mullen is on the editorial board for the international Journal of Play Therapy. She is also the clinical editor of Play Therapy magazine.


Ashley Lawton

Ashley Lawton, MS LMHC NCC RPT CCPT-S is the Assistant Director at Integrative Counseling Services. She is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the State University of New York at Oswego. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) through the state of New York. Ashley is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is also credentialed in Play Therapy as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and as a Child-Centered Play Therapist Supervisor (CCPT-S) through the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement (NIRE). Ashley has presented on various Play Therapy topics, often relating to grief and loss. She is a member of Friends of Oswego County Hospice’s Bereavement Committee. At Integrative Counseling Services Ashley provides counseling to adolescents and young adults, as well as Play Therapy to children. Her duties as Assistant Director include overseeing staff, supervising the coordination of intakes, supervision of graduate interns, handling day to day operations, and managing crisis situations as they arise.

Get  the course AND the Naughty No More workbook!

Get the course AND Raising Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids!

Parent Package: the course, Naughty No More, AND Raising Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids!