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Free Services for Children Ages 0-5 

Motiva Associates is subcontracted by Family Health Centers of San Diego and Palomar Health through their Healthy Development Services (HDS) to provide Parenting classes and Parent Coaching and Family Counseling services. Services are offered in English and Spanish for families with children ages 0-5.

Parenting Classes:

Motiva offers the following parenting classes for any parent/caregiver of children under the age of six:

Baby Steps” class

  • Meets one hour a week for 7 weeks
  • For parents/caregivers of infants birth to 15 months
  • Attendees receive a certificate of completion
  • Classes in English and Spanish
  • Locations in Central San Diego and East County

“Steps to Understanding Your Child’s Behavior” class

  • Meets for two hours a week for 10 weeks
  • For parents/caregivers of children under six years old
  • Attendees receive a certificate of completion
  • Classes in English and Spanish
  • Locations in Central San Diego and East County

Both classes will address such topics as:

  • Understanding development and temperament
  • Developing body control and a positive body image
  • Developing secure attachment
  • Encouraging play and imagination
  • Encouraging language and communication
  • Laying a foundation for positive-self esteem
  • Encouraging self-regulation, morality and a sense of conscience
  • Encouraging emotional regulation
  • Encouraging concentration, planning and problem solving
  • Encouraging social competence, empathy and caring behavior

The classes are being offered at various locations (such as schools, libraries, and health care clinics).

 

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Coaching and Counseling Services

Two models are used, Positive Behavior Support (PBS) or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  The family is taught to identify the function of behavior and how to

address non-desired behaviors as well as how to reinforce desired behaviors. Sessions are also focused on strengthening the relationship between the caregiver and child and

enhancing the caregivers’ self-care.

Parent Coaching

  • Brief in duration ( 5-6 visits of 1.5 hours each)
  • Focused on mild behavioral needs (e.g., toilet training, sleeping, non-compliance)
  • Offered in Central San Diego and El Cajon
  • Includes sessions with caregiver and the child

Behaviorally Focused Family Counseling

  • Up to 10 sessions of 1.5 hours each
  • Focused on moderate to more serious behavioral needs (e.g.,behaviors that are more intense, frequent and with longer durations)
  • Offered in Central San Diego, Escondido and El Cajon
  • Includes sessions with caregiver and the child

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Berenice Salas at:

(619) 827-1991 ext.242/224 or e-mail her at  bsalas@motivaassociates.com

Problem Gambling Treatment

  • Free for problem gamblers and their affected others
  • Staff trained by the State of California to treat problem gambling

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