Life Skills Parenting and Education Program

New Beginnings’ Life Skills Parenting and Education Program teaches critical hands-on parenting skills, mindfulness strategies, and overall life skills to more than 100 low-income families each year who need practical tools to establish and maintain stability in their home environments. For more than ten years, this program has been offered at no cost through community centers and non-profit organizations that serve at risk youth and low-income families.

The program consists of a series of culturally-based therapeutic and psycho-educational groups, offered in six, eight, or twelve week formats in both English and Spanish. Our group for parents teaches hands-on skills that help them define effective parental roles, end destructive behaviors, shift their thinking, and develop new perspectives to improve their lives. Parents learn skills to create effective discipline strategies and increase health communication patterns, based on The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel, MD, a neuroscientist and child development specialist.

The Life Skills Parenting and Education Program also offers classes designed specifically for a diverse range of groups, such as single expectant mothers, veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, and sex trafficking survivors. With a focus on high-quality training of group facilitators and on strengthening collaborative relationships, we serve parents and families at our agency, as well as at community partner agencies. To request a group for your community organization, or for more information about this program, please contact:

Anne Cravens
Program Coordinator
Tel. 805.963.7777 ext. 132

Life Skills Program - New Beginnings Counseling Center Santa Barbara