The Parenting Class: Outline

The Parenting Class: 8-Week Comprehensive Course Outline

In addition to personal growth and awareness, our classes provide therapists with 18 continuing education units (CEUs) and fulfill the requirement of court-ordered parent education.

What does each lecture cover?

Week 1: HOW TO MAKE A PERSONALITY

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

We begin by introducing The Class, formerly known as The Miracle Child Parenting Series, as an approach to preventive psychology. We provide an overview of the field of psychology and parenting philosophies that have contributed to (and sometimes detracted from) the knowledge we have today. We provide the necessary ingredients for a healthy childhood, which are discussed in depth in the classes that follow. This includes a discussion and understanding of the four main causes of pathology: abandonment, neglect, abuse, and emotional repression.

Week 2: PREVENTIVE DIAGNOSIS

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

We continue our approach by looking at personality disorders and considering how they were inadvertently created by well-intentioned parents. The goal of this lecture is to introduce, in detail, how specific unhealthy parenting techniques lead to unhealthy personalities and to discuss how to prevent such disorders from developing. We believe that by teaching parents how personality disorders are created, they will understand the results of their actions and participate in corrective techniques. This class is also designed to inspire collective social responsibility for all children so we may take stronger measures to solve the problems leading to anti-social and criminal behavior.

Week 3: HEALING

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

In this class we teach about the psycho-spiritual process of healing, which occurs in an environment of love, support, empathy, and understanding. As parents, our job of healing is twofold. First is self-awareness; we teach that healing our own childhood prevents us from reenacting it with our children. This requires courage and surrender to the healing process. Secondly, we teach how to heal our children by cultivating a love of truth and having faith in our remarkable physiological design to learn from our mistakes and self-correct.

Week 4: STAGES AND AGES

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

This class outlines levels of reasonable expectations during childhood development . Children have varying physical, mental, and emotional needs at various stages and ages. It provides an overview of childhood developmental stages from birth through adolescence and how parents can best help their children through these stages. Among topics discussed are bonding, attachment, separation, potty training, tantrums, and the formation of identity and later courtship.

Week 5: IMPRINTING

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

The causes of behavior discussed in this lecture reflect back on developmental stages from Week 4 and introduce the concept of imprinting, a profound yet simple concept: What goes in must come out; what doesn’t go in can’t come out. Imprinting is completely unique to each child, with no two children imprinting the same experiences, not even in the same family. Imprinting accounts for fundamental uniqueness in personality, behavior, attitudes, and often, beliefs. We learn to see clearly that the root of our child’s actions is most often our own actions, especially those directed toward our child.

Week 6: FAITH PARENTING

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

In Faith Parenting, we learn how to relax and let the child be curious, explore, solve problems, and learn from her mistakes. Faith in our children is an important aspect of our theory of child rearing, based on the premise that all children are born good and that our belief in them is necessary for them to flourish. We also learn the necessary boundaries and limits that will provide security and protection.

Week 7: DISCIPLINE

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

Our discipline class provides the foundation for effective and appropriate cause and effect discipline, using natural consequences. When you presume that your child was born good and you raise him in a state of faith, very little discipline is necessary other than setting and enforcing limits. We teach parents how to discipline to provide guidance, and how to correct out-moded or ineffective methods of discipline.

Week 8: RELATIONSHIPS (& GRADUATION)

format: lecture, audience: adults, length: 2.5 hrs

The relationship between parents is the prototype for all relationships and what children emulate. There are significant dysfunctional concepts which permeate our society that can lead to difficult and hurtful human interactions. Conversely, there are principles which give life to relationships and facilitate clear, truthful communication. Relationship skills, or the lack of them, show up on the playground, in the classroom, at home, and at work. Modeling relationship skills for your child will help him interact with his world in a healthy, rewarding manner.