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Partnering With Parents



Brentwood Academy is pleased to partner with parents and to provide informative seminars throughout the year. We are blessed to have relationships with local experts in parenting and to be able to offer a platform where they can share their knowledge with you. All parent seminars are open to the public and offered at no charge.

October 23: Wild Things (Raising Boys) with David Thomas, Daystar Counseling Ministries.

November 13: Raising Girls with Sissy Goff, Daystar

April 1: Raising Worry-Free Kids with Melissa Trevathan, Sissy Goff and David Thomas, Daystar.

*All seminars will be in the 7th grade den, Middle School and is open to the community at no charge. For parents only.

Melissa Trevathan, M.R.E. has been a teacher, retreat leader, head of spiritual life at Brentwood Academy, and is founder and executive director of Daystar Counseling Ministries, which began in 1985. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Melissa has taught graduate courses in counseling adolescents and is a popular speaker for parents, teachers, and kids of all ages. She is the co-author of the Lifeway video parenting curriculum called Raising Boys and Girls, as well as seven books on parenting. 

Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP has worked as the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville since 1993, with a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. A sought-after speaker for parenting and teacher training events such as dotMOM, Lifeway Kids Conference, and Heart of the Child, Sissy has spoken to thousands of parents, teachers, and girls across the country. Sissy is co-author with Melissa Trevathan of several books and the Lifeway video parenting curriculum called Raising Boys and Girls. Sissy is also a frequent guest and contributor to media shows and publications such as Moody Midday Connection, The Chat with Priscilla Shirer, as well as Today’s Christian Woman and Living with Teenagers magazines. Visit her blog at

David Thomas, L.M.S.W. is the director of counseling for men and boys at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, and the co-author of six books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. David is a frequent guest on national television and radio, a regular contributor to ParentLife magazine, and speaks across the country. His first video curriculum, Raising Boys and Girls: The Art of Understanding the Differences which he co-authored with his colleagues at Daystar is currently available, along with several other books he co-authored including Intentional Parenting and Becoming a Dad: A Spiritual, Emotional, and Practical Guide. You can find David giving parenting tips, along with Sissy Goff, on the blog at


Contact Information: Cookie Newton, Family Life Coordinator