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January - March 2014

January, 2014 

Monitoring the Rage Gauge in Your Home
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

How can I get in touch with my level of anger and take action before I hit the top of the Rage Gauge? Get real with your own level of rage, identify how you respond to rage, and assess how rage impacts your family.

Location: Santa Clarita Activities Center, Canyon Room
Instructor: Tracy Taris

Active Parenting 1234 
Mondays, January 27 & February 3, 10, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

In this three-week series, parents will look at the various stages of early childhood development from ages
1 – 4.  Discussions include understanding misbehavior, listening and talking to young children, the art of setting limits, and the importance of providing discipline. 
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center – Canyon Rooms A&B

Instructor: Carri Arquilevich

The Mask of Depression in Children and Adolescents:  What Parents Can Do to Help
Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Depression is a real problem that both children and adolescents manage on a daily basis.  The causes range from environmental factors to heredity.  This workshop will help caregivers identify the signs of depression and teach strategies to manage and alleviate some of the symptoms, focusing on improving the family as a whole.

Location:  Valencia Library
Instructor: Chris Jones


Parenting and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Saturdays, February 1 & 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Treating a traumatized child requires special understanding.  In this two-week course, you will learn how trauma affects children and gain practical tools for supporting your children’s safety, emotional, and mental well-being. The curriculum includes a number of exercises to help you master the skills of trauma-informed parenting and help your children lead a healthy and successful life.
Location: College of the Canyons University Center – Room 209
Lori Switanowski

Playtime: Fun & Creative Ways to Bond With Your Child
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Parent/child playtime plays an important role in your child's development! The playtime you spend with your child helps build strong bonds of love and trust. It makes a child feel valued and worthy, building self-esteem.  Come learn how to find creative ways to play that boosts your child’s brainpower, language skills, creativity, social skills and problem-solving skills.

Location: College of the Canyons University Center – Room 311

Mimi Leach

Understanding Adolescence: “Tweens and Teens”
Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This three-week class explores the development of the adolescent.  In Session one, we will explore the transition from the young child to the adolescent.  In Session two you will learn how to teach your teens to set healthy boundaries, and in Session 3, you will learn how to help your moody teens manage their emotions.

Location: Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor: Tracey Taris

Love and Logic Parenting
Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 2014
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

This seven week series provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages. Caregivers will learn how to raise responsible children, learn how to have more fun in their role as a parent, and how to easily and immediately change their children's behavior.

Location:  Santa Clarita Aquatics Center – Community Room
Instructor:  Cindy Stephens

IEP’s and Beyond: Understanding How to Navigate The Process
Thursday, February 6, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Many of our children have specialized educational needs.  The IEP process can be quite intimidating.  Parents will learn what their rights are in this process in reaching your child’s educational goals.  You will hear from a licensed school psychologist about the IEP process, what a 504 plan is, and how to advocate getting your child’s needs met.

Location:  College of The Canyons University Center – Room 311

Instructor:  Chris Jones

Managing Stress: Balancing Work, Family, and You
Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Family life can become quite complicated.  This workshop will focus on the necessary tools to balance family life and create an atmosphere of shared responsibilities to avoid burnout.   The focus is on creating a healthy balance for the whole family.  Practical tools will be discussed to lower stress and anxiety.
Location:   Valencia Library – Community Room

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Witkin

Parenting Children with Social and Emotional Challenges
Monday, February 24, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Parenting children with social and emotional challenges can be overwhelming. This workshop will focus on skills to help you understand your child’s behavior and empower you to be a parent who can effectively communicate, discipline, and set limits with your child.

Location:   Valencia Library – Community Room

Instructor: Larry Schallart


Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development Through Play
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Parents play an active role in building the foundation for their child to develop literacy skills.  Young children learn through play. Come learn how to develop your child’s literacy by sharing fun activities that allow them to experience and explore the world around them, which gives them the encouragement to try new things.

Location:   Valencia Library – Community Room

Instructor: Gina Peterson

Caring For a Medically Fragile Child
Friday, February 28, 2014
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

This workshop will help a caregiver better understand the special needs of the medically fragile child (birth defects, birth injury, premature, drug exposed, physical problems).  In this class you will learn what you can do as a caregiver to assist these children to enhance their growth, development, and life.

Location:  College of The Canyons Early Childhood Education Center – Room B

nstructor:  Cindy Woodmansee

MARCH, 2014

Early Intervention & Prevention: What Parents Need to Know and How to Get Help
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

Early intervention is for those children of school age or younger who are discovered to have, or be at risk of, developing a special need that may affect their development. Effective programs focus on developing language, social skills, cognitive skills, gross/fine motor skills, and self-help skills.  If you know someone who may be at risk, come to this informative workshop to find out how to begin the assessment process.

Location:  Old Town Newhall Library- Community Room
Instructor: Victoria Berrey

How to Support Siblings of Special Needs Children
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This presentation will give parents/caregivers insight into the unique challenges and benefits that come with growing up with a sibling with special needs. The workshop will focus on their experiences in the community, school and at home, and give parents the tools to support their "other" children, sometimes referred to as "The Glass Child.”

Location:   Valencia Library – Community Room

Instructor: Kathi Sechi

The Resistant Child: Managing Daily Behavior Challenges
Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Learn some positive behavioral techniques and interventions for common negative behaviors. This workshop will introduce parents to basic behavior management techniques that can be utilized to successfully manage every day behavior difficulties.  The workshop will include methods that will assist caregivers in increasing their child’s skills in daily routine tasks such as self-care and independence.

Location:  College of the Canyons University Center – Room 311
Instructor: Michelle Heid

Raising a Healthy Child in a Fast Paced World
Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Today’s fast paced world of crammed schedules, convenience foods (drive thru’s, readymade processed foods), video games, TV, and chemicals has made raising a healthy family more of a challenge than ever. This workshop will deliver an effective message on how to get your family’s health back on track and keep them healthy.

Location:   Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library – Community Room

Instructor: Dr. Roger DeSesa

Certificates will be mailed to you within 1 to 2 weeks of finishing the workshop.
Certificates will only be issued to Foster and Kinship Care Providers


SC Activities Center/Aquatic Center
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
18601 Soledad Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91351

COC Center for Early Childhood Education
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Valencia Library
23743 Valencia Boulevard
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

COC Dianne Van Hook University Center
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Old Town Newhall Library
24500 Main Street
Newhall, CA 91321

 To register, please call Gloria Lopez at (661) 362-3531
These workshops/classes are for adults only, as childcare is not provided
Low enrolled workshops are subject to cancellation

We are experiencing difficulty with our online registration at this time.  You must call to register for classes.  Thank you! 

These FREE workshops and class series are provided in
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College of the Canyons

Valencia campus:

(661) 259-7800

• 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Canyon Country campus:

(661) 362-3800

• 17200 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91351