September-November 2017
September 2017

Nonviolent Parenting – Parenting with Empathy
Fridays, September 22 and 29, and October 6, 13, 20, and 27
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The nonviolent parenting philosophy gives parents the tools to raise children who are imbued with the qualities of kindness, compassion, caring, generosity, and the joy of growing and learning. Nonviolent parenting is based on multiple fields of scientific research about human development. It gives the gift of truly seeing, hearing, and knowing your children as well as yourself.  
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 327* for first class, Room 222 for the remainder* PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE​​
Instructor:  Eve Scanlon
October 2017

Strategies that Promote Behavior Change with Exceptional Children
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This workshop will allow parents, caregivers and teachers to explore different strategies for behavior change when working with and providing for exceptional children. The use of visual aids, sensory breaks and routine are only some of the wonderful strategies that will be spoken about. Understanding a child's needs and the “why” behind those needs is invaluable when working with children with different abilities.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222* PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE​​
Instructors:  Emily Elam and Michelle Wintermute
Monday, October 23, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn how to recognize some signs a child might display indicating a possible developmental delay or disorder. This workshop will help you to distinguish between "atypical" and "typical" development while discovering some red flag warning signs of a possible delay or disorder and will offer modification ideas to support and guide the child.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building Room A* PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE​​
Instructor:  Evelyn Paz-Durocher
Shining Light on Some of the Hidden Disorders of Motherhood
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Postpartum Depression effects at least 20% of women, impacting a parent’s mental health well-being that can feel confusing and isolating. It not only impacts birthing mothers, but can also impact families who adopt, miscarry or whose babies are stillborn, as well as men. This workshop will focus on increasing awareness about Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Participants will learn about the different kinds of PMADs, how to identify them and when and where to ask for help.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222* PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE​​
Instructor:  Lorena Aynalem, LCSW
November 2017
Parenting Issues in Blended Families and Resource Families: The Smart Approach to Creating Healthy Relationships
Wednesdays, November 1 and 8, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
When different families "blend" to create step-families, or when resource families parent foster children, there are often many challenges that can last a lifetime. These two, 2-hour workshops provide practical, realistic solutions to common issues that step-families and resource parents face, such as: Co-parenting issues, understanding and bonding with your stepchildren or foster children, dealing with sibling conflict in step-families or with resource families, parenting teenagers, and dealing with children's behavioral challenges and past trauma experiences.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222* PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE​​
Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Patton, Ph.D.
CSEC Part 1: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness & Identification Training
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided
This is an interactive training that will provide caregivers with awareness of the intersection of sex trafficking and children in the child welfare system. It will uncover the psychological and family dynamics that drive the ongoing maltreatment and victimization of children by sex traffickers.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor: Theresa Reed
CSEC PART 2: Developing a Healthy Self-Concept in our Most Vulnerable Youth
Saturday, November 4, 2017
2:00-5:00 p.m.
This workshop is a precursor to understanding sex trafficking and will increase knowledge of sexual development. Caregivers will learn skills to effectively engage and communicate with youth to increase the perception of their self-concept and lessen the likelihood of sexual exploitation.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
Managing Stress in Your Daily Life
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Our mental health can be affected by stress in our daily lives. How do you balance various areas of your life - physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, workplace? This workshop will offer strategies to combat stress, including meditation with an experiential exercise in breath meditation. A self-care assessment will give insight to your individual management of daily stress.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222* PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE​​​
Instructor:  Farnaz Kadi
Grandparenting 101
Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grandparenting is changing. 40% of grandparents are now routinely caring for their grandchildren. This class is aimed at helping you to be at the top of your game by reviewing current trends in child care and safety; fostering relationships with child/parent/grandparent; technology trends, and the importance of maintaining adult friendships. We will also look at community resources and volunteerism in this life role transition called grandparenting.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins, OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton, OTR/L, MS
Note: Certificates will only be issued to
Foster and Kinship Care Providers/Resource Families
and will be mailed within 1 to 2 weeks following completion of workshop
Arrivals after 15 minutes of class starting will not be
issued a certificate
*Please note – all classes held on the College of the Canyons campus require a parking pass. Passes will be emailed to registered participants
There is NO SMOKING in the vicinity of the Early Childhood Education Building



College of the Canyons
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center (UCEN) Lot 14, 13, or 15
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA  91355
College of the Canyons
Center for Early Childhood Education (ECED) Lot 12
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Low enrolled workshops are subject to cancellation. Please register at least three days prior to class.
 These workshops/classes are for adults only, as childcare is not provided