Parenting Beyond Conflict...    A six-week (or All-Day Saturday) class to support separated and divorcing/divorced parents/ family members in raising children between two homes, minimizing the impact of conflict on the children, exploring strategies for communicating effectively, and  keeping the focus on the children and their safety.

    Three offerings: A 
 Six-week, Monday evening live, Online* series; OR a Six-week Tuesday midday  live oline series, 
                  OR a one-day Portland Saturday Intensive Workshop - Upcoming dates: December 14, 2019,  February 22, 2020
Evening groups: 6:00-7:45 p.m.; Lunchtime groups:11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday Portland Intensive- 8:30 a.m.-4:30:00 p.m.,                              breakfast and lunch included.
           Facilitated by Judith Swinney, J.D.        Email:      Phone:  503-972-5683
Next start dates:

 Winter Classes:
Saturday, December 14, All-day Portland Saturday intensive alternative, 8:30-4:30 (breakfast and lunch included)
                             offered in a peaceful wooded setting. (space still available)

 Monday, January 6, 2020(Live, Online * Group - 6:00-7:45 p.m.) 
 Tuesday, January 7, 2020 (Live Online*   Group - 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

 Monday, February 17, 2020(Live, Online * Group - 6:00-7:45 p.m.)  

 Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (Live Online*   Group - 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)


Saturday,  February 22, 2020, Portland All-day Saturday intensive alternative, 8:30-4:30 (breakfast and lunch included) offered in a peaceful wooded setting.   


Spring Classes: 

 Monday, March 30, 2020(Live, Online * Group - 6:00-7:45 p.m.)  

 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (Live Online*   Group - 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Saturday,  May 16, 2020, All-day Portland Saturday intensive alternative, 8:30-4:30 (breakfast and lunch included) offered in a peaceful, wooded setting.   


   The  six week groups meet in the evenings from 6:00-7:45 p.m., or  midday, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  
The all-day Portland Saturday intensive workshop meets from 9:00 a.m. (Breakfast at 8:30) to 4:30 p.m.  All explore a variety of concepts through group discussion, video, role-play,  and on-line/skill-building exercises.  We discuss traps to avoid, ways to protect children, stay sane, get un-stuck, and stay  out of court -  while keeping children safe.  Group participants value the support they get from and give to each other.

Six-week groups: $225.00 per parent ; $100.00 for each step-parent/new partner/extended family member.  
           Saturday Portland Intensive Workshop:  $250.00 per person, $125.00 for each step-parent (includes breakfast and lunch)
*Note:  The online class requires that parents  be seated in a private, quiet space away from others, especially children, and able to see/hear and be seen/heard by others.  We meet all together at the same time, via  A phone screen will not be large enough to view all, along with handouts. It wil be important for parents to attend all six sessions to complete the course.
To register/request a brochure by email or mail, or for more information, please  email to, or call  503-972-5683.  I will email you the brochure and registration form.   Classes fill quickly.


Additional services include:

 Parent education/coaching; Positive discipline; support for the safety and protection of children with an emphasis on prevention. 

For additional information or to discuss your particular needs, call Judith at 503-972-5683.


Helpful resources:

Putting your Parenting Plan together:
A great parenting plan (and safety-focused parenting plan) guide complete with forms for considering what will work for your unique family. divorced/divorcing parents.  Helps parents keep the focus on the children-not to be missed. never-married parents raising children from two homes.   -for separated parents working through their issues.

A resource for fathers in general:  National Fatherhood Initiative -

A resource for drug-free kids and their parents:

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough - Program & info on child passenger safety, pre-teen/teen brain maturation and safety, underage drinking, teen drivers, firearm safety (research, effective presentations):

Parent-teen/family mediation:
A Few Good Books:

What About the Kids?: Raising Your Kids Before, During and After Divorce; Judith Wallerstein
Mom's House, Dad's House; Making Two Homes for Your Child- Isolina  Ricci
Parenting After  Divorce - Philip Stahl
Divorced Dad's  Survival Book:  How to Stay Connected to Your Kids; David Knox
Raising Cain- Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys; Kindlon & Thompson
The Wonder of Boys- Michael Gurion
Reviving Ophelia - Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls; Mary Pipher
The Teen Brain Book- Who and What You Are; Dale Carlson
The Primal Teen; Barbara Strauch
Positive Discipline; Jane Nelson
Touchpoints:Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development;Brazelton  (0-3, 3-6 yrs.)
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, American Adacemy of Pediatrics (2014 edition)

These free, confidential and interactive
web sites are highly recommended for Parents
: - for divorced/divorcing parents  for never-married parents