Parenting Beyond Conflict   is a six-week class designed to help separated and divorcing/divorced parents and  family members raising children from two homes minimize the impact of conflict on their children, learn strategies for co-parenting effectively, and  keep the focus on the children while keeping children safe.

Offered in Portland and Oregon City, Oregon, the classes are held in the evenings, from 6:00-7:45 p.m.   Facilitated by Judith Swinney, J.D.     Email:

Next start dates:


Monday, January 11, 2016  -  Oregon City, Oregon  
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 -  Portland, Oregon
Monday, February 22, 2016  - Oregon City
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - Portland, Oregon

These small groups meet for six weeks, from 6:00-7:45 p.m., and explore a variety of concepts through class discussion, video, role-play and on-line and in-class 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 and give to each other.

Class fee is $195.00 per parent; $100.00 each for step-parents/new partners/extended family.
To request a brochure by email or mail, or for more information, please call  503-972-5683.

Additional services include:

Supervised parenting time/reunification support, Parent education/coaching; support for parents and children (re)connecting safely and appropriately; 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 underage drinking, teen drivers, firearm safety (research, effective presentations):

Parent-teen/family mediation:
Ask A Lawyer Program- Low-cost two-hour opportunity to get your legal questions answered by a skilled attorney/mediator-503-655-8415

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.)

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