Parenting Classes


CAFA offers THREE Parenting Education classes:

Parent-Child Connection, Parenting After Crisis, & TIPS True Insight Parenting Strategies


Parent-Child Connection is a community based parenting class that takes place quarterly at various churches in Lane County.  All parents are welcome and invited to attend. Classes are taught by CAFA therapists trained in child development, trauma, and group work.  Click here for more information on locations, dates and registration.

Parents learn...

    To communicate in ways that will strengthen the parent-child bond.
    To identify each child's unique needs and strengths.
    To understand their child's development.
    To set limits without anger.
    To identify emotions.
    To self-regulate anger, fear, and frustration.
    To encourage their children.
    To use Collaborative Problem Solving.


Parenting After Crisis is a 15 week class for parents who are in the middle of, or who have recently come out of crisis.  The course teaches child-centered play principles and skills including reflective listening, recognizing and responding to children's feelings, therapeutic limit setting, building children's self esteem and the structuring required to have a supervised session, or when appropriate, an at home play session with their children using a special kit of selected toys.

The class teaches Filial Therapy, a unique approach used by professionals trained in play therapy.  Parents are trained to be therapeutic agents with their own children through a format of didactic instruction, demonstration, play sessions, skills training, and practice play sessions.

Classes are facilitated by CAFA therapists trained in child development, trauma, and group work.

Individuals interested in joining Parenting After Crisis must first complete an intake appointment with an intake therapist. This appointment costs $65. Once the intake is completed, participants may begin attending classes which cost $35 each. Some insurance companies will cover group sessions as long as the sessions are not mandated (by a judge, PO, DHS caseworker, etc). Payment plans are available.


15 Week Schedule

Class 1: Observe

You will learn the history of Filial play, the goals behind it, why this method helps parents create a tighter bond with their children and how it helps parents to feel more competent.

Class 2: Understand

You will work on the skill of reflecting and how this helps your child feel cared for, heard and understood by you.

Class 3: Reflect and Tracking

The purpose of tracking is so that you stay present with the child. Tracking is like being a sports commentator - you verbalize the child's play.

Class 4: Limit Setting

Learn how to set limits without getting angry. Effective limit setting creates an environment that teaches the child to become responsible for their actions and consequences.

Class 5: Review of the above four classes.

Class 6: STOP Method Part 1

Parents will learn to use this method to help them deal with their anger so that they in turn can help their children with how to manage theirs. Parents learn to model self-regulation.

Class 7: STOP Method Part 2

Continuation of the above.

Class 8: Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving

Class 9: Instruction on Collaborative Problem Solving

Class 10: Encouragement vs. Praise

Class 11: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children, part 1

Class 12: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children, part 2

Class 13: How Domestic Violence Affects Kids

Class 14: Children's Love Languages

Class 15: Review

Review the above and discuss what is going well and challenges still arising.

"CAFA showed me friendliness and acceptance that I have not received in other programs. This, more than anything, has taught me how I need to be with my children as their father."

~ Father who completed Parenting After Crisis


TIPS- True Insight Parenting Strategies is a FREE 10 week class for parents The course teaches skills for building life-long relationships. These tools can be applied to our children, partners, coworkers, or anyone we come into contact with. Core concepts of this series are Emotional Intelligence, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), The Brain, Trauma, Empathy, and Conneting through play. These classes are held in local churches and offer childcare when available. To sign up visit the TIPS website.


For More Information and to find out when our Parenting Classes meet, please call our office at (541) 686-6000 ext. 565 or click here to view the Class Schedule.