Barbara Olinger


A Place for Parents: Parenting Groups and Workshops

Groups and Workshops with Parenting Guru Barbara Olinger
Open Temple House


Barbara Olinger has her Masters in Social Work and has worked with children and families in both educational and therapeutic settings for over 35 years. This has included being a Child and Family Therapist, the Supervising Clinician in an outpatient mental health clinic, a co-founder of a co-operative preschool, and Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside. In her current private practice, she focuses on supporting parents of young children and preschool teacher training. She has two grown sons.

She is the author of the parenting book, Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parentingnow on DVD along with Welcoming Your Second Child.

Upcoming workshops:

Triggers: Blocks To Peaceful Parenting Workshop

June 11, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We may know how we want to parent but just can’t get there. A “Beast” gets in the way of our peaceful parenting. What is this “Beast”? It is the state of being triggered. Every parent gets triggered! In this workshop we will explore what our triggers are, how to recognize the triggers and how to deal with them.

$36 per workshop ($70 couples)

Group: Welcoming Your Second Child

Tuesdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am June 13-July 18, (no group July 4)

Join us for this ongoing support group focusing on welcoming a second child into your family. We will explore how to prepare your child and the various feelings and behaviors that can arise as well as practical management issues. For parents pregnant with their second child or for parents who have given birth within the last nine months.

$25/session or a series of 5 for $100.

Toddler and Me Group

Mondays 9:30 am – 10:30 am beginning June 19, 2017. 

$22/session or a series of 5 for $100.

Open Temple is committed to ensuring that financial constraints never limit participation. Please contact us to discuss reduced fees at