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General Information

About Our Services

The Diagnostic Center, Northern California offers professional development opportunities to educators and families. The Diagnostic Center presenters are practitioners who offer up-to-date, research-based information and practical skills. Trainings are available throughout the year and in various formats:

  • One day and half-day workshops: hosted by SELPAs and County Offices of Education.
  • Comprehensive training and technical assistance projects: In-depth content training and multiple levels of follow-up support, including demonstration teaching and on-site consultation. For more information click on "Comprehensive Professional Development Projects."
  • Web-based training: Selected trainings designed to provide consultation services to professionals and training to parents by accessing the Internet. For more information click on "Online Training Topics."
  • Consultation Services: One to two hour sessions at the Diagnostic Center or via videoconferencing. For more information click on "Consultation Services."

A "Certificate of Completion" is available to participants. This may be used to document professional development hours or applied towards the credential requirements for Education Specialist Level II non-university activities. The Diagnostic Center is also a California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board approved continuing professional development provider. In addition, attendance at the Diagnostic Center presentations can be used to meet ASHA's professional development requirements.

There is no cost for our professional development service. While scheduled on a "first come, first served" basis, attempts are made to distribute these trainings equitably to meet the Diagnostic Center's geographic limitations. SELPAs and COEs are responsible for costs such as duplication of handout materials, securing the training site, advertising the presentation, providing refreshments and other like costs. A minimum number of participants will be required.

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How to Register

To schedule a training:
  • Review the training brochure and select topics
  • Identify two or three potential training dates
  • Identify the SELPA or COE contact person who will be responsible for coordinating the training
  • Contact Robin Zane at

Following confirmation of a training:

  • Complete and return DCN Training Contract
  • Secure a training site and arrange room set-up

A minimum of 20 participants will be required for most trainings (except for video conference seminars). If the minimum attendance outlined in the Diagnostic Center Northern training contract is not confirmed two weeks prior to the training, the training will be cancelled.

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Professional Development Trainers

John L. Digges, MD, MPH, FAAP
Ann England, Assistant Director
Mirit Friedland, School Psychologist
Shari Gent, Education Specialist
Robin Zane, M.Ed., Ed. D, Director
Rebecca Steinberger, Education Specialist
Virginia Sanchez-Salazar, Speech-Language Pathologist
Tara Zombres, Education Specialist
Betsy Caporale, Speech-Language Pathologist
Liz Arenas, Speech-Language Pathologist
Laura Denton, Education Specialist
Natalie Jocic, School Psychologist
James Hiramoto, School Psychologist
Shannon Johns, Education Specialist
Linda Sanguinetti, Education Specialist
Marji Stivers, Clinical Psychologist
Scott Schwartz, School Psychologist

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