Family Skills and Alternatives to Violence

Family Alternatives to Violence seeks to break the cycle of violence in family interactions and provide the skills that lead to healthy family interactions. 


  • Parenting (in English and Spanish) is an 11-week course designed to improve parenting skills and anger awareness while providing specific techniques and 'homework exercises' that provide opportunities for behavioral change.  

  • Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors (in Spanish) is a 10-session parenting and leadership class for mothers and fathers with children ages 0-5, designed for the Latino community. Topics include: how to be your child's first teacher; communication; development in ages and stages; the importance of literature and bilingualism; physical and emotional health; developing family goals; rights and obligations in the education system; and more.

  • Anger Management (in Spanish) is a 10-week course designed for women and men to address their own trauma and related symptoms that can be aggravated by poverty, estrangement, isolation and limited language skills.   Students examine Latin cultural ideas and attitudes that may influence abusive behaviors, learn how to connect to the culture of their new home, and practice more productive methods of communication with their partners, children, and colleagues.

  • Nutrition (in Spanish) is offered by Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Participants learn about basic nutrition, portion sizes, food hygiene, menu planning, budgeting for meals, food preparation, nutrition for children, and more.  

Participants' Quotes

"From this course I want to remember that my son looks up to me and even at the Boss stage I have to accept and respect his feelings."

"Something I got out of this was that kids don’t do things to get you mad, which was what I used to think. They act and behave that way due to Ages and Stages."

"My experience in this course has rebirthed me into motherhood. In the end it’s the choice that I make every day to put his needs, happiness, and well being ahead of my own."

"I knew it is important to encourage your child; I just didn’t know how much. It made me think back when I wanted that myself."