Meet the Authors...


Susan Mejia JohnsonSusan Johnson has over 30 years of experience teaching high-risk adolescents and has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences on student motivation and retention, parent involvement and effective classroom learning strategies. Having worked for a large Unified School District Ms. Johnson has developed and implemented a multitude of courses for both adolescents and their families. Susan co-developed nationally replicated "Parent Project" and co-authored: A Parents Guide to Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior, and Loving Solutions: A Parent's Guide to Raising Tough Kids, Ages 5-10 Years.

I've been a public school teacher and program administrator for high-risk adolescents and their families for more than 30 years. I enjoy these kid's strong spirit and their ideas. Teen-Project® recognizes and supports their strengths, and helps the kids focus on using them in a positive way. As a co-author of both the Parent Project® and the Teen-Project®, I am dedicated to helping children's families. By supporting acquisition of real skills, by focusing families' belief in themselves and their potential ability to positively influence the outcomes for themselves and their families, the entire family as both individuals and as a unit become stronger and more competent.


Bonnie BursteinBonnie Burstein, PhD is award-winning Director of Psychology Training at Los Angeles Harbor College's Life Skills Center (LSC). The LSC was recently designated by the Board of Governors of the 109 California Community Colleges as "Exemplary Program of the Year - 2004." For 8 years in the 1980's, as Program Director of the California Self Help Center at UCLA. Among the founders of the Maple Center in Beverly Hills, and the Parent Project, Bonnie's programs have been consistently cited for bold vision, innovation and productivity. Burstein is Associate Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology; worked with the U.S. Surgeon General, served on the faculties of the UCLA School of Medicine, the Department of Psychology and Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.