Dr Pilar Placone has worked over eighteen years as a Licensed Family Therapist in California. She has successfully treated individuals and families, adults and adolescents in the throes of alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, all forms of abuse, bipolar disorder, and major depression. In 2001 she received a doctorate in Integral Psychology where she studied Eastern contemplative practices and their healing properties in psychotherapeutic treatment. Her dissertation research resulted in the development of what she titled the Mindful Parenting Program. More recently, the foremost influence in her research is the brilliant and pioneering work of Dr. Dan Siegel, whose Interpersonal Neurobiology approach has increased the effectiveness and scientific integrity of her Mindful Parent Happy Child program.