Classes

Check out our PDCR Early Fall 2017 Program Flyer for posting on your fridge and sharing widely — thank you!

Parent Support Group for Parents of Teens
What: This is a monthly meeting where parents of teenagers can share their challenges, concerns, problem solve together, and find support. The group is open to parents of teens all throughout Santa Cruz County. These groups are based on the principles of Positive Discipline but will be led in a support group format versus an instructional class.
When: Last Wednesday of every month, (next group is August 30, 2017), from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Branciforte Small Schools Campus Library, at 840 N. Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz. Parking and entrance are in the back.
Who: Facilitated by Stephanie Tam Rosas, MA who is PDCR’s Board VP and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent and Teacher Educator. She currently works with youth in Santa Cruz County and has worked closely with teen moms, foster youth, and domestic violence survivors. Visit tamrosas.com for more info.
Cost: FREE
How: Just drop-in. Call Stephanie at 831-920-4589 or email tamrosas@gmail.com with questions, flyer here

Introduction to Positive Discipline
What: Learn the mutually respectful, developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and relationship-centered concepts, theories, and practices of Positive Discipline, and how it differs greatly from the mainstream positive parenting approaches which tend to use rewards and punishments to achieve children’s compliance.
When: Saturday, August 26, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers 2-5 years old
What: This 8-week parenting class series helps parents with children 2-5 years old learn new ways to understand their children’s behavior, how to set limits with kindness and firmness, and ways to encourage their children to cooperate and become more capable.
When: Aug. 29,  Sept. 5, Sept. 13, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 4, Oct. 10, and Oct. 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave., Santa Cruz
Who: Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator
Cost: $80 per person for the 8 week series, pre-register for childcare $10/class
How: Register here or call 831-476-7284, x107

Tweens and Teens
What: Guide and support your kids through their adolescence by better understanding this stage of their brain of development and their innate need to individuate.
When: Saturday, September 9, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Sex, Drugs, and Screentime
What: Children and teens are constantly bombarded with the wrong ideas about sex, drugs, and modern technology, and it is up to parents to educate them and guide them.
When: Saturday, September 23, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline
What: This is a 6-week parenting class series through which you will understand the changes in the teenage brain, learn to communicate with dignity and respect, develop your teen’s internal locus of control and ability to self regulate,practice listening in new ways, make agreements and follow-through with kindness and firmness, and celebrate and guide your unique child.
When: Tuesdays, October 3rd to November 14th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (no class on Halloween 10/31)
Where: 319 La Fonda Ave., Rm #5
Cost: $80 registration which includes book ($120 for couples, $40 for refresher — call for special pricing)
How: Register here or call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Beliefs Behind Behaviors
What: A misbehaving child is a discouraged child, so let’s discover the beliefs behind children’s behaviors to help them regain their sense of belonging, significance, and contribution.
When: Saturday, October 14, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline, 5-12 year olds
What: This is an 8-week parenting class series that helps parents with school age children learn new ways to understand their children’s behavior, how to set limits with kindness and firmness, and ways to encourage their children to cooperate and become more capable.
When: Oct. 24, Nov. 1, Nov. 7, Nov. 15, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12,  6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz
Who: Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator
Cost: $80 per person. Scholarships available. Childcare is $10/child/class session pre-register for childcare
How: Preregister here for the class. Call 831-476-7284, x107 for info.

Children with Special Needs
What: Learn effective strategies for encouraging children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, psychiatric illnesses, psychological issues, heightened sensitivities, and other special needs.
When: Saturday, October 28, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Encouragement Instead of Praise and Rewards
What: Help develop in your children an internal locus of control to guide them to make the right choices for their own right reasons rather than always trying to please others.
When: Saturday, November 4, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: To Be Determined, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Discipline Instead of Punishment
What: Brain science shows that inflicting fear and pain interferes with learning and damages relationships.  Effective discipline enables children to feel better and do better.
When: Saturday, November 18, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Solutions Instead of Consequences
What: Consequences are often thinly-veiled punishments. When children make mistakes, inviting them to contribute to solutions helps them to discover their capabilities.
When: Saturday, December 2, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Family Meetings
What: Family meetings offer a space for family members to join together regularly, offer appreciations, plan fun activities, and create more overall harmony in the home.
When: Saturday, December 16, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Positive Time-Out
What: Brain science shows the need to feel calm before engaging in critical thinking and emotional self-regulation, and positive time-outs help us all to feel and do better.
When: Saturday, February 10, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Tantrums
What: When children feel overwhelmed with emotion, they need the space to let it all out, and they need us to be empathic, supportive, and calm through that process.
When: Saturday, February 24, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Routines
What: Structure is something that children need, and because predictability is a function of safety, routines help children know what is expected of them and how to contribute.
When: Saturday, March 10, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Mealtimes
What: Healthy eating habits are formed in children when parents model what that looks like, and mealtime routines help to prevent power-struggles and strengthen connection.
When: Saturday, March 24, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

LGBTQ Children/Teens
What: Part of teaching children self-respect is to validate their gender identity and sexual preferences, especially when they have been oppressed for being themselves.
When: Saturday, April 14, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Sharing
What: Developmentally-appropriate expectations are rooted in an understanding what toddlers can and can’t do, and sharing is a skill that is modeled and learned over time.
When: Saturday, April 28, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Graduation and Early Adulthood
What: Parenting is a life-long endeavor, and when your kids graduate high school and transition into early adulthood, you need to know how important your parenting still is.
When: Saturday, May 12, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

Summertime Connection
What: When kids are out of school for the summer with time on their hands, there are all kinds of great opportunities to nurture your connection with them and keep them busy.
When: Saturday, May 26, 10am to 12:00pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Steven Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
Cost: $20/person and $10/child in childcare.  Limited scholarships available.
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

PD for All Ages of Children
What: This is a 3-week intensive summer class series for parents of children of all ages and is also a great refresher for those already familiar with PD.
When: Wednesdays, June 13, June 20 and June 27, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Who: Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.
Cost: $60 per person for the 3-week series
How: Preregister here for the class.  Preregister here for the childcare. Call 831-476-7284 x107 for info.

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For a list of past classes, visit Class History
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