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Classes & Workshops


Basic Rights workshops will provide an overview of the four basic rights and protections for school children, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
DATES/TIME: To be determined
LOCATION: Offered county-wide
Workshop fees for professionals are $25.00; parents of children with disabilities are admitted free.
Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.
For more information, call: (866) 828-8275


Coast Allied Health Consulting and Education is committed to bringing the finest speakers and courses in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy to parents in San Luis Obispo County. For a current list of parenting classes, please visit

Coast Allied Health Consulting and Education, Inc.
PO Box 4037
San Luis Obispo
(805) 996-0899


De Familia-a-Familia es un programa educativo para familiares y amigos de personas que padecen enfermedades mentales. De Familia-a-Familia ofrece educación, capacitación, ayuda emocional y conocimiento. Este curso gratuito es de 12 semanas, 2 horas, 30 minutos por semana.
FAMILY-TO-FAMILY, T-MHA, (Taught in Spanish)
Family-to-Family is an educational program for family members and friends of individuals living with mental illness. It offers knowledge, training and emotional support and is free. The course meets 2½ hours per week, for 12 weeks.

Para mayor información, comuníquese con las profesoras
Martha Elias, 805-234-4369
 o Jackie Garza, 805-801-4376 

Grief Support Workshop

MeCards4Kids® 2016 Drop-in Workshop. Monthly (except in June & December).

3rd Thursday each month. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Children learn a special way to remember loved ones in this creative class that teaches how to craft MeCards collage cards and words to go with them.

Children 7-9 may attend with a parent present, older children may attend on their own. All parents are welcome to stay for a separate parent’s workshop providing grief information and support.

This drop-in gathering is offered by the Wilshire Hospice Center for Grief Education & Healing EIN#952374185 at 285 South St, Suite M in San Luis Obispo.

September 15, 2016

October 20, 2016

November 17, 2016

Please call Janice Schoening for more info. Phone (805) 269-0141. Fax (805) 269-0145

Workshop Flyer 

Workshop Flyer in Spanish


Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.
Sometimes, first aid is YOU!
Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.
You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, or self help care.
To register, contact Jessica at (805) 540-6576 or email
MHFA Brochure

PeerBuddies – Social Skills Group

Hello Families!

We are pleased to announce that PeerBuddies is re-launching
Social Skills Groups, set to begin February 2017!



Back by popular demand, our social skills group pairs children and teens with special needs with same-aged or slightly older Peer Buddy volunteers who teach them essential social skills in a fun, supportive environment!

Here are the details:

  • Your child will have the unique opportunity to be a Peer Buddy to another child with special needs
  • Program Supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 15 years’ experience
  • Each Buddy is mentored by their very own UCSB Facilitator, who will guide and train them the entire time!
  • Ratios are 2:1.
  • Weekly group Lessons include topics such as good sportsmanship, teamwork, perspective-taking, empathy, responding to bullies, hygiene, conversation skills, reading facial expressions, and more!
  • “Themes” each week: Sports, Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Theater
  • Incentives for high schoolers include Letters of Recommendations and References – critical for job/college applications!


  • $20 total (covers costs of materials and training)
  • Enrollment Deadline: February 10th, 2017! Sign up today to secure your spot!


Teen Group (ages 13-22) meets on Sundays from 1:00-2:15pm
Younger Group (ages 6-12) meets on Sundays from 2:45-4:00pm

We are also very excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Collabreations this Winter!

Fill out an application today by clicking this link:


NAMI SLOCO is a non-profit organization of families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. Members provide educational and emotional support for each other and advocate for better understanding, treatment and care of people with mental illness. Extensive training is provided by NAMI for those members leading support groups and classes. NAMI SLOCO is affiliated with the NAMI California and NAMI National.

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for families of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The course is taught by trained family members. All course materials are furnished at no cost. The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.The

For a current schedule of classes:


Sibshops are fun-filled workshops just for brother and sisters of children with special needs. This is a great opportunity for kids to meet other siblings, play games, do crafts, share experiences, and have A LOT of fun! Sibshops provide siblings with a safe place to share their unique experiences with other children who can understand.
DATES: Call for monthly dates and times
COST: $5 per child
LOCATION: Changes every month, call for more information
CONTACT: For more information or to sign-up contact us at, find us on Facebook “Central Coast Sibshop” or call April (661) 992 3931


This is a hands-on course for parents and caregivers to learn the art of infant massage and other types of nurturing touch techniques. Experience the profound and lifelong benefits that both parents and babies enjoy from this shared activity. Special needs babies and parents are highly encouraged to attend. Classes run for 1½ hours per week for 4 weeks with a limit of 5 babies and their parents to each class, so as to maximize individual support and parent connectivity. Morning and evening classes are available at various locations throughout SLO and the Five-Cities area. The cost for the 4 class series is $75.00.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact:
Jayna Troutman
Certified Massage Practitioner, Certified Educator of Infant Massage
(805) 459-1959 or


Classes offered on quarterly basis.
A  class for individuals with a family member who they know or suspect has a mental illness.
LOCATION: 784 High Street (corner of High and Santa Barbara Street), San Luis Obispo
TUITION: All services are free
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: for persons who know or suspect they have a loved one with mental illness
CONTACT:  Janice Holmes, Program Manager, at (805) 541-5144 x 571


United Cerebral Palsy of SLO provides a variety of programs and activities for kids and teens with disabilities.
Visit the website for more information.

Kids/Teen Club: Kids and teen clubs are held on Saturdays once a month for kids and teens with disabilities. These activities vary, and a chance for them to get together with friends and enjoy the community.

Teen Camp: Teen camp is a two week long day camp for older kids and teens with disabilities. It is held annually in SLO, usually at the end of July and beginning of August.