Signe Whitson is a licensed social worker, writer, and mother of two girls.  She has over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families.  Signe presents training workshops across the U.S. for parents and professionals on topics related to child and adolescent mental and behavioral health.

In her articles, books, and training workshops, Signe provides down-to-earth, practical advice for navigating the daily challenges of living and working with children, tweens and teens.  As a mother of two young daughters, Signe relates to parents on a personal level.  As a clinician with over 10 years of experience, she shares her professional knowledge and advice for approaching complex issues, such as coping with bullying, managing anger, and changing self-defeating patterns of behavior.

Her first book, The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools, and Workplaces, 2nd ed. (2009) comprehensively examines passive aggression in children, adolescents, and adults, while teaching readers practical skills for effectively responding to and changing passive aggressive behavior. 

Signe offers a full-day seminar on The Angry Smile, to provide parents and professionals with the opportuntity to explore the book’s concepts in depth and to practice the skills of Benign Confrontation.  For more information on Angry Smile trainings, please contact Signe at 

Coming this July, check out Signe’s latest publication, How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens.  How to Be Angry is a 15-session group curriculum designed to help educators, counselors, parents, and other helping adults teach kids ages 5-18 how to use assertive communication to express anger effectively.  The book includes customized age group suggestions and engaging ideas for at-home conversation starters to help parents pick up where group discussions leave off in facilitating constructive change and lasting anger management skills in a young person.  

To learn more about Resources and Workshops for teaching your child skills for assertive anger expression, please contact Signe at
 In the Winter of 2011, keep your eye out for Signe’s third release, Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying.  Friendship & Other Weapons  is about breaking the code of silence that governs conflict in the early school years.  By creating safe, open, and fun forums in which group members can talk, learn, and compare experiences, elementary school aged girls gain skills for speaking up when it comes to expressing their feelings and confidence for confronting incidents of cruelty disguised as friendship. 

For information about Mother-Daughter workshops based on the lessons in the Friendship & Other Weapons curriculum, please e-mail  

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