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Our Cooperative Parenting course focus on the unique dynamics of divorced and blended families, while Skillful Parenting course teach essentials that should be mastered by every parent.

Cooperative Parenting

The relationship between separated/divorced parents and its impact on children has caught the attention of mental health and family law professionals, judges, and child advocates throughout our county and across the nation. Over the years we have witnessed the devastating effects of divorce and parental separation on families. During separation, divorce, custody battles and visitation schedules parents struggle to restructure their family. This struggle is magnified by pain, anger and lack of knowledge regarding how to support their children during the process. Although parents love their children and want what is best for them, they are often unaware or unable to keep their children’s well-being a priority. Parenting skills are compromised, needs overlooked and parent’s personal issues become blurred with their children’s. Effective parenting during and after divorce/separation is a skill difficult for most parents to navigate on their own. The Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services remains the sole provider in San Joaquin County since 2009 for Cooperative Parenting. Self-referrals and referrals from Family Court mediators and judges are welcome. Attendees who are interested in a certificate of completion must attend all 12 classes. Co-Parenting courses are often full and carry a waiting list so call ahead.

Enrollment

Parents who are interested in attending the course must make a commitment to complete all sessions. Courses will be held at The Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services. 620 N. San Joaquin St., Stockton, CA. 95202. Courses are on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm,, Wednesday evenings from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, and on Friday mornings from 9:00 am - 11:00 am in Lodi..

  • Make arrangements for childcare
  • Arrive on time and bring a pen or pencil
  • Be willing to participate
  • Be aware that The Women’s Center–YFS is a Safe Place. We have a zero tolerance for any form of verbal, emotional or physical abuse. Any outburst, intimidating behavior or obscene language will result in being asked to leave the premises and being dropped from class.

Co-Parenting and Blended Families Curriculum

  • Self-Esteem for Parents and Children
  • Handling Stress and Anger-When Anger Hits Home
  • Methods of Effective Discipline/Understanding Misbehavior
  • Boundaries and Family Privacy
  • Family Communication-How Do You Relate?
  • Ages and Stages-Staying Healthy and Safe in Today’s World
  • Child Sexual Abuse Education & Prevention
  • Taking control of conflict/knowing your hot buttons
  • Allowing my child to love both parents
  • Forced to choose, when a child is caught in the middle
  • Plan for peace or tug of war-Do’s and Don’ts in the changing relationship
  • Seven steps to negotiating agreements

Skillful Parenting

Parents who are interested in attending the course for basic parenting are directed to our Monday 9:00 am - 11:00 am course at The Dorothy Jones Community Center at 2044 Fair Street, Stockton, CA. This is an eight week curriculum and includes the following topics:

Basic Parenting Curriculum

  • Self-Esteem for Parents and Children
  • Handling Stress and Anger-When Anger Hits Home
  • Methods of Effective Discipline/Understanding Misbehavior
  • Boundaries and Family Privacy
  • Family Communication-How Do You Relate?
  • Ages and Stages-Staying Healthy and Safe in Today’s World
  • Child Sexual Abuse Education & Prevention
  • Characteristics of Healthy Families

Additional Skillful Parenting courses are added throughout the year at varying locations. Please call (209) 941-2611 for more information.

More Info

See the current schedule for our courses on our Parent Academy page.