Bearman Baltimore Best Parenting Retreat

Pictured: Train Up a Child by Mary Proctor

Please join for AVAM's annual free conference of big ideas!

  • When: Monday, March 25
  • Time: 9am-1pm
  • Place: Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd floor
  • Cost: FREE to child and whole family service providers, however, please click here to RSVP online.

Because of the profound importance of what better parenting can mean for the Baltimore City community, the Herbert Bearman Foundation is generously sponsoring a day of learning at the American Visionary Art Museum, but exclusively targeted for the enrichment of the area's front-line, grassroots providers of child and whole family services. The “Bearman Baltimore Best Parenting Retreat” will permit real digestion of expert learning from the prior day's Logan Visionary Conference: The Art of Parenting by welcoming the staff from all our area's main better parenting players, together under one roof, in an unprecedented shared experience. AVAM will engage them in a brunch, interactive learning session, complimentary private tour of the museum's original exhibition, "PARENTING: An Art Without A Manual,” and provide Better Parenting 101 materials, all to permit intimate learning from top experts as to how each local service provider can apply best practice parenting wisdom strategies to their own sincere efforts and on behalf of their most in need clients. AVAM founder Rebecca Hoffberger, explains, "We wanted to harness the expert learned star power of the Sunday Logan Visionary Conference. The retreat is free, but due to limited space, registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

  • Dr. Daniel J. Siegel (Keynote Speaker): Clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute
  • Dr. Heather Berlin: Leading neuroscientist, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, researcher in consciousness and in behavior disorders
  • Alison D'Alessandro: Senior Policy and Program Specialist, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
  • Dr. Robert Hamilton: Known for the "Hamilton Hold" used to calm babies, Dr. Hamilton is a California-based pediatrician, and author of the book chockfull of advice, "7 Secrets of the Newborn"
  • Joe Jones: Founder of The Center for Urban Families
  • Shalita O'Neale Founder of Fostering Change (who herself grew up in foster care)
  • Dr. Brad Sachs: Contributor to Psychology Today, Dr. Sachs is a psychologist, educator, consultant, best-selling author and founder of The Father Center


  • 9am Welcome from Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of the American Visionary Art Museum. Coffee is served.
  • 10am Presentations from our 2019 Logan Visionary Conference speakers: Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Brad Sachs, Dr. Robert Hamilton, Dr. Heather Berlin, Joe Jones, Shalita O’Neale, and Alison D’Alessandro
  • 11am Open dialogue between area providers of child and family well-being services Br unch is served
  • 12pm Conclusion with The State of the Child in Baltimore and tour of AVAM’s PARENTING exhibition with Rebecca Alban Hoffberger


FREE to child and whole family service providers, however, please click here to RSVP online.