Parenting Class

8 Week Program

(Online Only)

This evidence-based program was developed by Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D. It has been proven effective in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect. This program is offered to parents, co-parents, and families.​ The Nurturing Parenting philosophy and lessons are developed from years of extensive research based on the assessment of high-risk parenting beliefs and behaviors.​ Parents charged with child abuse and neglect express significantly more abusive parenting beliefs than non-abusive parents. ​

These differences are found in five constructs that contribute to the maltreatment of children:

  1. Inappropriate Developmental Expectations of Children

  2. Lacking an Emphatic Ability to Respond to Children’s Needs in a Caring Manner

  3. Disciplining Children through the use of Physical Punishment

  4. Reversing Parent-Child Family Roles

  5. Oppressing Children’s Power and Independence

These constructs form the basis of the lessons, skills, and competencies in the Nurturing Skills for Families curriculum by focusing on the following educational objectives:

  1. Building Self-Worth through Appropriate Expectations of Children’s Growth and Development

  2. Developing Empathy and Sense of Caring in Parents and Children

  3. Utilizing Positive, Non-violent Discipline Practices and Techniques

  4. Having Appropriate Family Role Expectations through Self-Awareness

  5. Empowering Adults and Children through the Development of their Personal Power

Parents and their children will have the opportunity to learn new beliefs, knowledge, and skills that can improve their overall level of health within their relationships.

If you feel you are in crisis and need help, I encourage you to reach out immediately to the options below.


  • Call 911.

  • Go to your nearest emergency room.

  • The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health at 864-235-2335.

  • Spartanburg Mental Health after hours phone line: (864) 585-0366.

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK.

  • Call the Trevor Life Line at 866-488-7386 for LGBTQ+ youth in crisis.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.


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