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The Art of Parenting

A parenting class for all parents and caregivers



When: Wednesdays 12-1pm, dates to be TBD

Please note this is an 8 weeks commitment: the initial meeting is an individual meeting with the facilitator, followed by 6 weeks of class, and a final individual meeting for questions and feedback

Cost*: $160 for series of 8 weeks, $100 for the second parent

*This class is free for parents/caregivers whose children have Masshealth. Please reach out with any questions pertaining to insurance or sliding scale.

Where: On Zoom

Note: For best results we recommend that all parents/caregivers attend the class so that children receive a consistent parenting message.


To register please contact the instructor Gabriela Kotliar, at

Gabriela Kotliar, is a parent, an Expressive arts therapist, an educator, and a licensed mental health counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field supporting children and families.

Parenting can be the most rewarding role we play in our lives, and at the same time it can be an area that leaves us feeling defeated and inadequate. All parents go through difficult periods, and no parent can meet all their child's needs, especially when they are raising children with complex needs. Having information, skills and support will help balance the ebs and flow of this imperfect journey.

Like any identity, parental identity can be experienced differently at each developmental stage, as well as with each child. Parents have not always received healthy parenting themselves, or they may have but find themselves at a dead-end while raising a child whose needs they do not know how to meet. At ARTrelief we view parenting as a work of art. Each child, each parent, each family, each community is unique. Our team is here to support you in developing and strengthening a parental identity that will feel authentic, sustainable and effective

When children and adolescents receive counseling at ARTrelief, parent education, skills training and support will be part of the services you receive. If you feel like you need more than what your therapist can provide, this parenting class may be what you need.

In this class you will:
  • Gain a better understanding of what style of parenting you naturally embody,
  • Learn about best practices for raising healthy children, 
  • Learn techniques for conscious discipline practices,
  • Gain a better understanding on how to respond to a child’s challenging behavior,
  • Build parenting skills,
  • Develop problem solving tools.


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