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Friday, February 22, 2019 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Friday, April 26, 2019 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)


2100 Fourth Street

Suite 245

San Rafael, CA 94901

Level of course content: Intermediate, Professional


Creativity-seeking therapists looking for novel approaches to helping children, teen and adult clients better understand and communicate emotional experiences.


Learning to use Kimochis feelings pillows in verbal and non-verbal ways with clients will be at the heart of this “how-to” interactive, tool-driven workshop. Therapists will leave with a set of tangible, effective and fun activities for helping people navigate varied mental-health issues such as ADHD, behavioral difficulties, trauma, loss, depression and anxiety. The Kimochis Mixed Bag of Feelings are an integral part of the workshop and are sold separately. Appealing and non-threatening, these tools encourage engagement, and activities are designed to be adaptable for individual, dyadic, family and group work.

The Kimochis Keys to Communication, a core feature of everything Kimochis, will be taught and interwoven into the presentation.


  • Explain how using Kimochis feelings pillows with clients of varied ages with different mental-health concerns, individually and in groups, can be an effective and fun therapeutic tool for mental health providers.
  • Demonstrate how to use Kimochis feelings pillows to help clients explore, articulate and manage feelings that accompany life’s challenging circumstances.
  • Recognize how use of these clinical techniques and tools can help an individual develop new patterns of communicating which can help improve relationships with others.
  • Teach the Kimochis Keys to Communication to restore and promote mental health.

TRAINER: Katie Schmidt Raher, Ph.D.


Katie Schmidt Raher has been working with children, families, and teachers in schools for 14 years, as a school psychologist, professional development facilitator, teacher, parent educator, researcher, and consultant. She received her graduate level and clinical training from U.C. Berkeley, completing her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation was an investigation of the intersection of academic and social-emotional teaching practices in preschools and their impact on children’s development. She received the UC Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy Dissertation Award and was the invited Doctoral Speaker at her commencement.

From 2009-2016, Dr. Raher served the Child Development program in Vallejo City Unified School District as the Early Childhood School Psychologist and provided numerous psychological services, including mental health consultation, individual and group counseling, intervention development and monitoring, teacher and parent trainings, and collateral work with community agencies. She also led the program-wide implementation of the Early Childhood Kimochis curriculum as a universal intervention and utilized Kimochis clinical tools to facilitate more intensive mental health support to children with more challenging social and emotional needs.

During her time in Vallejo, Dr. Raher also coordinated the Early Childhood Behavioral Wellness Team, created a new Student Success Team model for the preschool program, and revised the district-wide Section 504 model of implementation. Given her history as an elementary school teacher and her passion for prevention-focused work at all levels of childhood, Dr. Raher also consulted with the school-age Child Development staff and the elementary school team of School Psychologists as needed to support optimal transitions and implementation of the Kimochis curriculum on a broader scale.

In addition to dedicating her career to the well-being of all children and families, Dr. Raher is particularly passionate about working to develop systems which better support populations that are marginalized and affected by poverty and societal inequities.

Dr. Raher is also the proud mother of two: a daughter and son; and her very different children give her daily practice in using Kimochis to foster emotional intelligence.

WORKSHOP TRAINER FOR:  Early Childhood, Elementary Curriculum and Mental Health



Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs are available for purchase through R. Cassidy Seminars. Many licenses are included, however please verify that your license qualifies for the selected workshop by using the link below. For questions, please contact R. Cassidy Seminars directly.

3 and 6-Hour Mental Health Workshop CEUs