RESPITE | FKCE Classes July 2020

We invite you to join us for our ONLINE parenting classes, sponsored by Saddleback College’s FKCE Program!

During this time, we’re pleased to offer you regular sessions of parenting support and tools in a virtual setting. Please take a look at the list of classes below!

Note – All classes will be available for a live session through the Zoom video conferencing platform. Certificates of Completion will be granted to all participants that attend with their videos showing and who are active in discussions (either through chat or in discussion groups).

Materials and Links will be sent to registrants the day before the class. 


Tuesdays – 6-8pm

  • 7/7 – How to Mentor the Tween/Teen Brain – Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to provide direction and effective discipline for older children and teens! As an important caregiver and safe adult in their life, you have the opportunity to mentor their brains to learn how to develop a sense of self-worth, connection to community, and the ability to self-regulate. In this session, learn about the tools needed to provide a high-structure, high-nurture environment that will train young brains to learn to trust and engage in healthy relationship, leading them to effective problem solving and decision-making.
  • 7/14 – Parenting During Challenging Seasons – Parenting is hard. Parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss is even more difficult. And when crisis hits, effective parenting can seem almost impossible! But the good news is that we can scaffold our children, homes – and even ourselves – to withstand unusual and challenging circumstances! This session will: explore proactive measures parents can put in place, identify current stressors and possible solutions, and provide practical tools to engage in resiliency practices that will help the whole family to better weather the storm. (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series).
  • 7/21 – Social Media and Cyber Safety – This is a workshop designed to inform parents and caregivers of the importance and dangers of social media. The class will focus on popular social media sites, the good and bad aspects of using certain sites and applications, strategies for dealing with arising issues, the online gaming community, capabilities of various technological devices, and safeguards to implement for using the internet and digital technologies more responsibly. With the increase of screen exposure during this time, parents will find this class especially helpful in ensuring online safety (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series).

Thursdays – 12-2pm

  • 7/2 – Rituals and Routines that Create a Safe Home – Is there a special song your family likes to sing during the holidays? Do you light a candle before dinner? Is there a specific routine at the end of the day that you use to help get your mind and body ready to sleep? Providing rituals and routines not only helps to give structure in our homes and organizations, but also connects us by giving a sense of belonging within our families and communities. But most importantly, routines and rituals create felt safety, an essential factor of healthy development, This course will help you learn how routines can change and heal brains that have experienced trauma, identify routines that can be given deeper meaning through ritual, explore ways to grow rituals as a group process, and understand the positive impact of belonging and protective systems. (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series).
  • 7/23 – Who’s Taking Care of the Caregiver? – Stress and Pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily life; they are part of the human condition. When we care for children and youth who are themselves stressed from life circumstances, we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of the children placed in our home.