Next 5-Week Course Starts Saturday, May 28 & June 4, 11, 18, 25 2022 @ 10:00am
Do you feel like you are walking on eggshells disciplining your kids?
Do you feel like you are being held hostage by your child?
Do you feel like you can't say no to your child without a blow-up?
Are motivational rewards not working?
Does letting your child know there will be consequences to their misbehavior feel like pouring gas on a fire?
The journey to a healthier happier life begins with you taking HBCC's parenting course!
The parenting course takes you on a 5-week journey where each week builds on the previous week.
Week 1 covers what has been getting in the way and what has typically been done about it
Week 2 covers your 3 options for handling upmet expectations with an introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving
Week 3 looks through a new lens to break the cycle of unsolved problems that leads to challenging behaviors and outlines how to have adult/child collaborated solutions to solve the chronic unsolved problems
Week 4 introduces videos to watch, neuroscience behind lagging skills and unsolved problems and discussions on starting the Collaborative Problem Solving conversation
Week 5 wraps up with role playing, time for answering your questions and concerns
Each week builds on the previous week. The 5-week course ends with an individualized 1-hour follow-up consultation.
The “Next Steps” are optional IEP/504/Inclusion Parent Coaching and Consultations.
This Parenting Class is offered weeknights from 7:00pm to 9pm.
This class is for parents & caregivers who deal with difficult-to-manage behaviors where rewards, consequences and ignoring parenting programs are not working and can even make matters worse.
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approaches conflicts in a way that reduces challenging behaviors, improves relationships, and teaches critical thinking skills.
This is a class for parents & caregivers who are finding that their children are struggling to meet day-to-day expectations. This is a class for parents & caregivers how to help their child know the rules & follow the rules!
For more info please read the ABOUT US & HOME section in the menu bar.
Class is limited to 10 participants.
Pre-registration is required.
One hour consultation is included in course fee.
You will learn the Collaborative Problem Solving approach to addressing conflicts in a way that reduces challenging behaviors, improves relationships, and teaches critical skills.
You will have an opportunity to practice addressing problems before things become escalated bewteen you and your child.
You will connect with other parents in a compassionalte and non-judgemental setting.
You will learn from parents who have actually been through what you are going through.
In Person 2022
When registering, you are signing up for 5 weeks. Attendance is required for each week as the learning builds upon the previous session's content. This class is taliored for parents, instructed by parents, and takes place in person. You will recieve a certificate of participantion once you complete the course.
There is a one-time participation fee:
Scholarships & Tuition Assistance: Anyone experiencing financial hardship should apply for a scholarship or tuition assistance. Funds for scholarships and tuition assistance are limited yet noone is turned away because of finanaces. To receive an application to apply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Assistance Application"
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: As part of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts we invite all individuals to participate in our parenting classes. HBCC works to connect those who identify as Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, a person of color, LGBTQA+, a person with a diability, veterans, etc., to local community support groups.
About Your CPS Parent Class Instructor Debra Ann Afarian
Founder | Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child (HBCC)
Think:Kids CPS® Certified Expert & IEP/504/Inclusion Parent Coach
Helping Challenging Children (Facebook Page) https://www.facebook.com/groups/144827772262744
Who is Debra Ann Afarian?
Debra Ann is the Founder and CEO of the non-profit, Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child (HBCC). Debra Ann Afarian works to help adults understand children with behavioral challenges through a new light. Adult/Child power struggles can leave both parties frustrated with adults wondering how it could have gone differently. Behavioral difficulties are the leading causes of teacher stress and parent burnout.
Being a Certified CPS® Think:Kids Expert, Debra Ann receives on-going supervision from Dr. Stuart Ablon in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Collaborative Problem Solving®. She teaches courses, workshops, holds support groups and does presentations for parents, teachers and service providers to Help the Behaviorally Challenging Child.
Since 2008 Debra Ann has regularly spoken at Parent Support Groups, CAC/SELPA Meetings, public and private school & educator conferences, as well as, psychology college students looking to enter the education field.
Debra Ann was the Greater Orange County CHADD ADHD meetings Coordinator from 2008-2021.
Since 2011 she presents “Educators and Teachers as Allies” to help schools recognize early onset neurologically driven behavioral challenges in children and adolescents. She also presents her testimonial as an advocate/activist at Parenting Programs.
Debra Ann’s life experiences combined with certifications, education, community involvement, contact with families and professionals who follow best-practice, evidence-based methodology, gives her a unique perspective and insight into the challenges faced helping children with difficult-to-manage behaviors beyond parenting. Debra Ann’s passion is to make sure that misconceptions and lack of treatment do not continue to be barriers to maximizing potential.
Once a challenging child herself, Debra Ann has been married since 1989 and is the parent of two sons, born in 1995 and 1994, the former neurotypical and the latter a twice exceptional, neurodiverse, formerly challenging child. Her dual experience is what makes her insight unique and powerful.
Debra Ann is an expert working with parents because of her extensive personal training yet mostly because she was that parent and a challenging child herself who found solutions.
Debra Ann now works to help teach parents to rethink conventional approaches that work solely to “gain compliance” and “extinguish behaviors”. Debra Ann helps parents drill deeper to preserve the relationship, teach lagging skills and durably solve the unsolved problems that have been chronically occurring.
Debra Ann is passionate about sharing her experience, strength & hope to anyone who wants to listen to her story!