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Fostering healthy parent-child relationships and supporting child development and well-being

The Stanford Parenting Center (SPC) ensures that parents are powerful partners in supporting their child’s mental health and well-being by providing them the right resources and tools. Parents are empowered to tap into their existing parenting abilities and learn evidence-based strategies to help them recognize, defuse, and even treat their child’s mental health difficulties.

Our team of experts believes that all parents can expand their skills and develop new behaviors to foster healthy parent-child relationships and support their child’s development and well-being. By accessing our wide range of programs and complementary resources, parents gain confidence in their parenting skills, find greater enjoyment in their parenting roles, and decrease the risk for pediatric psychiatric disorders. The SPC works with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development at the Stanford University School of Medicine, giving you access to a team of world-class experts.

For each topic on the right, we offer webinars, consultation/educational groups, and individual treatment options. Please click each topic to learn more about our offerings.

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Upcoming Classes, Groups, and Webinars

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  • CBS News

    Kids in Crisis: Mental health resources

    Dr. Steven Adelsheim, director of Stanford Medicine Center for youth mental health and well-being, discusses the need for access to mental health resources, how they're meeting the need, and how families can get started.

  • CBS News

    Kids in Crisis: Talking about violence

    Following the deadly stabbing of a student on a North Bay school campus, Dr. Mari Kurahashi, psychiatrist with Stanford Children's Health, discusses how events like these affects the minds of children, the signs of trauma, and steps parents can take to support their children.

  • CBS News

    Kids in Crisis: Anxiety and academics

    CBS News Bay Area anchor Ryan Yamamoto asks Dr. Shea Fedigan, Co-Director of the Pediatric Anxiety and Traumatic Life Stress Clinic, about levels of anxiety in children as they return to the classroom and readjust to a more pre-pandemic normal.

  • CBS News

    Kids in Crisis: Mental health in teenage girls

    A CDC study shows teen girls in the U.S. experience more violence, suicidal thoughts and mental health challenges compared to teenage boys. CBS News Bay Area anchor Ryan Yamamoto asks Dr. Michele Berk, Child and Adolescent Psychologist at Stanford Medicine, about the reasons behind that, the signs that parents can look out for, and when they should say something to their child.

  • CBS News

    Kids in Crisis: Should you keep your pre-teen off social media

    Stanford expert Dr. Bradley Zicherman on when children should be allowed to use social media.

  • CBS News

    Kids in Crisis: Warning signs of mental illness

    Dr. Victor Carrion, Vice-Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, discusses how doctors diagnose mental illness in children, how it's treated, and what parents can do if their child may be experiencing mental health issues.


Mindfulness for Parents Class. Click here for details and registration

Positive Parenting During COVID-19 Series  for recorded webinars, click here

Autism Parent Support Group NOTICE:  The next support group meeting will be Monday, APRIL 1, 2024 7pm due to spring break. There will not be a meeting on Monday, April 8, 2024. The next meeting will be Monday, May 13, 2024. Now via Zoom until further notice. Meets on second Mondays from 7-8:30pm (Sept.-June). To be added to the monthly email with participant zoom info, click here.

Stanford Parenting Center Classes