Parenting Classes Teach Practical
Parenting classes are offered each Thursday
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Van Nuys Jeopardy facility.
Needless to say, parenting is
difficult at times, but the highly valuable Parenting Classes offered
by Jeopardy are here to help. Based upon Jayne Major’s “Breakthrough
Parenting” techniques, the class is a 20-week, open course, which allows
parents to join at any time in the cycle, and to complete any missed
sessions when a new cycle starts.
“The parenting class creates an opportunity for parents to shift their
attention to the needs of their children,” says Veronica Ornelas, a Marriage
and Family Therapy Counselor trainee at Valley Trauma Counseling Center
who teaches the classes. “By using a psycho-educational approach, this
program focuses on the enhancement of the children’s ability to function
within their families and how to improve the parental relationship to
provide a nurturing, non-threatening home environment.”
Though many of the parents enrolled in the course are court-ordered to
attend parenting classes, the program is open to anyone in the community
interested in attending. The classes are taught in Spanish (in the Van
Nuys facility) to accommodate the community in which it serves, and there
are currently 36 parents registered. Typically, there are six to 10 participants
per class because not all parents come to every session, and the small
size keeps the groups personal and interactive. “This provides opportunities
for interaction among parents, practice of concepts and techniques learned,
and individualized problem-solving,” says Ornelas, who is currently working
on her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Cal State Northridge.
The classes, which are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in one of
the study rooms at Van Nuys Jeopardy, help parents in a variety of ways,
according to Ornelas. Among the topics covered are: Providing life management
tools designed to help families; teaching effective communication skills;
fostering sensitivity to the child’s needs and feelings; creating discipline
that works; and establishing the long-term benefits of parenting.
Ornelas became involved in the program when one of the Jeopardy officers
contacted the Valley Trauma Counseling Center, and the director of programs
there presented her with the opportunity to provide the classes. “The
director offered to send me to a weekend-long training session to become
a certified parenting instructor, and once I completed the training,
I jumped on board,” she explains.
The Van Nuys Jeopardy Parenting Classes are free to participants: All
costs are paid for by grants and donations provided by the Valley Trauma
Counseling Center, a non-profit organization providing counseling services
to the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.