Parenting Beyond Conflict...    A six-week class to support separated and divorcing/divorced parents/ family members raising children between two homes, minimize the impact of conflict on the children, explore strategies for communicating effectively, and  keep the focus on the children and their safety.

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:      Phone:  503-972-5683
Next start dates:


Monday, April 11, 2016  - Oregon City  (Full)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -  Portland

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 child passenger safety, pre-teen/teen brain maturation and safety, 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