Parenting Beyond Conflict...    A six-week online (or All-Day Saturday) class to support separated and divorcing/divorced parents/ family members in raising children between two homes, minimizing the impact of conflict on the children, exploring strategies for communicating effectively, and  keeping the focus on the children and their safety.  Skills,Strategies, Support.

    Three offerings:
 Six-week, Monday evening live, Online* series; 
a Six-week Tuesday, midday  live, Oline series, 

a one-day, Saturday Intensive Alternative Workshop - Upcoming dates: 
 July 11, August 22, October 17, 2020.  (July seminar Online via; August and October seminars hopefully in Portland Oregon.
Online Monday Evening groups: 6:00-7:45 p.m. (Pacific time); Online Tuesday Lunchtime groups:11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    (Pacific time)
Saturday Intensive Seminars (either oline, or in Portland- 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., breakfast and lunch included, if in-person).
Facilitated by Judith Swinney, J.D. Email:      Phone:  503-972-5683
Next start dates:

   Monday, July 6, 2020Live, Online * Group - 6:00-7:45 p.m. Pacific time (7:00 Mountain time)  
 Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Live Online*   Group - 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Pacific time (12:30-2:00 Mountain time)

Saturday, July 11, All-day  intensive alternative, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Online via Zoom.



   The  six-week groups meet in the evenings, Mondays, from 6:00-7:45 p.m., or  midday, Tuesdays, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  
The all-day  Saturday intensive workshop meets from 9:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.  online via (8:30 a.m. if in person, with meals  included.) 

All explore a variety of concepts through group discussion, video, role-play,  and on-line/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 from and give to each other.

Six-week groups: $225.00 per parent ; $100.00 for each step-parent/new partner/extended family member.  
           Saturday  Intensive Workshop:  $225.00 per person if online,  $100.00 for each step-parent ; ($250.00 per person if in Portland ($125.00 for each step-parent, and includes breakfast and lunch)
*Note:  The online class requires that parents  be seated in a private, quiet space away from others, especially children, and able to see/hear and be seen/heard by others.  We meet all together at the same time, via  It wil be important for parents to attend all six sessions/the entire Saturday class to complete the course.
To register/request a brochure by email or mail, or for more information, please  email to, or call  503-972-5683.  I will email you the brochure and registration form.   Classes fill quickly.

I also provide parent coaching and limited parenting time supervision services,  where appropriate, via video conferencing.  Please call to discuss your parcitular needs.   503-972-5683 

Additional services include:

 Parent education/coaching; Peqceful, effective CoParenting communication; 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. for divorced/divorcing/separated parents, never-married parents, and parents hoping to reconcile.  Helps parents keep the focus on the children-not to be missed. a Co-Parenting Tool with many helpful features for parents:  A secure way to communicate, a calendar, keeping track of expenses, uploading documents. 
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 in Portland, Oregon:
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 BookHow to Stay Connected to Your Kids; David Knox

Raising Cain- Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys; Kindlon & Thompson

The Wonder of Boys- Michael Gurion
The Wonder of Girls- 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.)
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth- Age Five, American Adacemy of Pediatrics (2014 edition)

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