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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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  • Verywell Mind

    Summer Camp After COVID: The Benefits of Camp on Kids and Parents' Mental Health

    'Tis the season for summer camp. Each year, more than six million children flock to camps around the US to spend time outdoors, make new friends, learn new skills, and get away from their parents. But as with so many other things, this American pastime was brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as we enter a summer that has the potential for more normalcy, parents are preparing to send their kids off to camp once again. SPC Co-Director Elizabeth Reichert provides comment.

  • The Atlantic

    Join us May 2nd at the Atlantic's "In Pursuit of Happiness" 2022 Event

    Please join us at The Atlantic's In Pursuit of Happiness Event Monday, May 2nd at 10:45am PT. Dr. Reichert and Dr. Kurahashi will join Julie Lythcott-Haims @jlythcotthaims Author, How to Raise an Adult in a moderated discussion by Kate Julian, Senior Editor, The Atlantic focused on Tools for Building Happier Families. This sold out event is accessible virtually - please register to attend this free event.

  • KPIX5 News

    Talking to Your Kids about Ukraine

    Open talks are important as kids pick up more than parents may realize. KPIX 5's Len Kiese talks to a local doctor from Stanford Health Care about how parents can talk to their about what's going on in Ukraine.

  • Parents

    How To Help Your Kid Overcome Their Fear of the Dark

    It's common for children to be scared of the dark. Experts weigh in on how parents can help their little ones conquer those nighttime fears.

  • Bay Area Parent

    How to Talk to Children About Ukraine

    Russia’s attack on Ukraine has not only caused international outrage, but also stress and fear for people around the world – including children.

  • ABC News

    ABC News Interview with Dr. Mari Kurahashi on the Ukraine War

    SPC Co-Director Dr. Mari Kurahashi was interviewed by ABC News on March 8th, 2022 about how to talk to your child about the Ukraine Crisis. Check out the video here!


17th Annual Autism Update March 23, 2024. Registration now open! Click here for more information

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 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.

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