Parenting Classes

Parenting classes vary widely in method of delivery, age group served, location, and topics addressed.  Therefore, this directory was compiled so that parents could find information about the classes available in Humboldt County all in one place. Now you can access this information with only a few clicks! There are several ways you can view the class information in this directory:

1. Click on the classes listed below

 -You may view complete information about a class by clicking on the class title. You may want to check to see who is giving the class, where it is located, and if child care is provided.

2. Use the search tools to narrow your search

-You can select the age(s) of your child(ren) to see classes that apply to their age group by using the search tool titled “child's age”

-You can find a class near you by using the search tool titled “location”

-You can then narrow the search further by selecting the time of day that you prefer

-You may select as many options as apply to you. You may use one, two, or all three search tools at a time

3. You can call Changing Tides Family Services’ Resource and Referral staff at (707) 444-8293 or 1-800-795-3554 for additional information. 

Just as these classes vary widely, so do parents and families! Parents can be anyone in the primary care-giving role: biological parents, foster parents, stepparents, grandparents, and family members. Please take time to check out the details of these classes to see if they are a good fit for you and your family.

This directory is for informational purposes only. Any information in this directory has been solely supplied by the class sponsor—Changing Tides Family Services does not substantiate information submitted by sponsors. Changing Tides Family Services staff do not endorse, rate, recommend, or evaluate classes or sponsors.

This is a five session class for families who are expecting or have newborn infants.  The class covers topics around newborn development, communication, and behavior while teaching parents the benefits and routine of infant massage. 

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) consists of about 20 sessions and five minutes of home practice per day. It focuses on two basic interactions:
Child Directed Interaction (CDI) Caregivers are taught the PRIDE skills: Praise, Reflect, Imitate, Describe, and Enthusiasm. Caregivers follow the child’s lead. They ignore annoying or obnoxious behavior and control dangerous behaviors. Parent Directed Interactions (PDI) Caregivers learn to use effective commands and specific behavior management techniques as they play with their child. Caregivers are taught effective time out...

Workshops to help parents support their children’s success in school and encourage them to continue their education beyond high school.

Parent-Implemented Intervention entails parents directly using individualized intervention practices with their child to increase positive learning opportunities and acquisition of important skills. Parents learn to implement such practices in their home and/or community through a structured parent training program.

This 6-session series of parenting hot topics build on one another (parents/caregivers are asked to commit to all of the sessions).  The Talaris Institute Parenting Counts Materials regarding Emotion Coaching guide the series.  The trainers bring in current information about neurodevelopment and temperament to add to the curriculum.  Topics of sessions: parent-child communication, child development and play, individual differences, temper tantrums, building resiliency, and strategies for handling big emotions.  Children are cared for in the playgroup environment by...

Instructs parents how to respond to frustrating situations with love and empathy and allow logical consequences to teach kids lessons.  Creative suggestions give parents freedom and allow children to make choices to gain skills in responsible decision making.

This series of four classes is offered in Spanish to parents with children 0 to 8 years old twice a year; once in Eureka (April) and once in Fortuna (September).

Esta serie de cuatro clases en español se ofrece a los padres de familia con niños de 0 a 8 años de edad dos veces al año; una sesión en Eureka (abril) y otra en Fortuna (septiembre).

An in-home based curriculum taught in three modules: health, safety, and parent child or parent infant interaction.  Meets court ordered parenting requirements.

The Parent Project® is an 11-week course on parenting a strong-willed teen. When the tools and skills that worked for the compliant child don’t work with your teen…it’s time to consider a different strategy. We teach you how to parent the child you have. The Parent Project is offered through a partnership between Humboldt County Office of Education, local school districts, Humboldt County Probation, and many stakeholder agencies. The curriculum generates a lot of parent discussion, and the facilitators observe that parents adapt information to work...