Parenting Series: Empowering the Parent

Aug 21, 2014

Placentia, CA – Could you use some expert advice to become a more prepared parent? Attend one or all sessions taught by Frank Galvan, Kathleen Hawks (MFTI 60505), Christine Lister (LMFT, MFC50744), and Eric Jones (MFTI 71976). These workshops will provide parents of children of all ages with the opportunity to learn how to best communicate with and care for their children.

No registration is required.

(See program descriptions below.)



When:                         Session Times: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

                                    Boundaries in Parenting                      Saturday, September 13, 2014

                                    Bullying                                              Saturday, October 11, 2014

                                    Stress-free Parenting                           Saturday, November 8, 2014

                                    Toddlers and Tantrums                       Saturday, January 10, 2015

                                    How to Talk to Kids About Sex         Saturday, February 14, 2015

                                    Parenting in Blended Families            Saturday, March 14, 2015

                                    Parenting with Love and Logic          Saturday, April 11, 2015

                                    Five Love Languages in Parenting     Saturday, May 9, 2015

Where:                        Placentia Library

                                    Community Meeting Room

                                    411 East Chapman Avenue

                                    Placentia, CA 92870

Information:              (714) 528-1906, ext. 209



Cost:                           FREE




Program Descriptions

Boundaries in Parenting

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Boundaries are a way for us to exercise healthy choices in relationships. Using the principles set forth in the book, Boundaries with Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, this workshop will explore how to apply effective, intentional parenting in a variety of scenarios. Participants will learn the 10 laws of boundaries and how those translate into teaching children self-control. Along with instruction, there will be an interactive portion to give parents an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned before trying it at home.



Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bullying has grown to almost epidemic proportions. Whether you are concerned that your child may be dealing with a bully or is the one doing the bullying, you will learn something useful in this session. Attendees will learn how to empower kids when encountering bullies; how to identify unacceptable behavior; how to enforce consistent consequences for violation of rules; and what to do if you suspect that your child is either being bullied or is a bully. Attendees will get answers and tools to empower their kids and themselves.


Stress-Free Parenting

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Using a variety of emotional regulation techniques including mindfulness, this workshop will explore how to de-stress the parenting process. Participants will learn how to identify their own stress triggers, how to deescalate a situation, and how to attend to their own emotional needs.  Along with instruction, there will be an interactive portion to give parents an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned before trying it at home.


Toddlers and Tantrums

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This course will address the unique developmental issues encountered with the toddler years. How to successfully navigate tantrums; growing independence and willfulness; increased vocalization and zeal; and the emergence of that magic word “no!” Tame your tiny tyrant and enjoy this wonderful time of exploration and growth with your child. Join us for Toddlers and Tantrums.


How to Talk to Kids About Sex

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Many parents struggle with how to approach difficult topics with their children. At what age should they brooch subjects like sex, death, violence in the world, etc. This class will focus first on how to discuss sex and develop sexual morality. We will also cover other challenging topics that parents often face.


Parenting in Blended Families

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Blended, or step families begin with high hopes and great expectations. Reality is not always as rosy. Successful Blended Families will expose the unrealistic myths, and provide the tools to develop relationships with step children, strengthen the relationship with your new spouse, and build a successful family unit. Join us for a brighter tomorrow with your new family.


Parenting With Love & Logic

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A cornerstone to parenting with love and logic is the concept of empathy with consequences. In this workshop, we will explore how to let natural consequences do the teaching so parents can focus on follow through and support.  Along with instruction, there will be an interactive portion to give parents an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned before trying it at home.


What is Your Child’s Love Language?

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Each person expresses and receives love through different communication styles identified as “love languages.” Recognizing that you and your child might be speaking different love languages reveals how you can adjust your parenting to be more effective. Using the book of the same name, this workshop explores how to recognize love languages and how to best utilize these principles for healthy parent-child interactions. Along with instruction, there will be an interactive portion to give parents an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned before trying it at home.







Workshop Instructors

Francisco (Frank) A Galvan is a credentialed teacher and Administrative Designee in Norwalk. He has been teaching elementary school for 18 years, middle and high school for an additional two years. He earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership while completing an Administrative Credential. His experience in the classroom has exposed him to children with several challenges including; autism, ADD, ADHD, learning disabled, Gifted and Talented, Down syndrome, handling bullies and others. Both he and his wife have been nurses at children's summer camp and he was asked to be a guest speaker on several topics. He enjoys jogging, swimming and cycling.

Kathleen Hawks is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She has over twenty years experience supporting military families, retired and active duty military personnel. Kathleen has taught age groups from infant to high school, and has seventeen years direct parenting experience. Currently she is a Graduate Educator and Graduate Academic Advisor.

Eric J. Jones, Sr., MFTi is an international marriage and family therapist and speaker. He has worked with clients and families in Europe, Asia, and the US. He is a licensed school teacher. Eric has worked with families over 20 years allowing him to assist families from every age group and walk of life. He has a heart for parents and their children as he is a family man himself. Eric has been married for 11 years and has four children (one girl and three boys). He is dedicated to his family and to helping other families.

Christine Lister, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Brea. Her specialties include helping parents improve communication with their children, strengthen the marital bond, and be more effective in family interactions. Christine spent nine years mentoring high school girls and has had 16 years of direct parenting experience. She and her husband of 21 years have lived in Placentia since 1998 and have a daughter in her Sophomore year at Valencia High School.