UPA is proud to partner with an excellent community resource meant to specifically support UPA parents and caregivers. 


Parent Guidance—supported by the Cook Center for Human Connection–is a FREE resource that offers a “library of courses developed by leading mental health experts” and “offers much hope, many answers and compassionate help.” 


Explore the website and discover what might benefit YOU as a parent or caregiver. Highlights from the site include “Ask a Therapist” and confidential 1:1 Parent Coaching to support families in helping their students thrive. The organization and program have been thoroughly vetted by Director of Community Development Laura Gordon Reska, UPA Board of Trustee (and UPA parent) Amy Ulug, and Counselor Jill Buensuceso.


During the 2021-2022 school year, each Parent University session will be led by experts from Parent Guidance. Save the dates for Parent University, which will be held over Zoom for an hour with each session beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please note advance registration is required. (Registering will also enable UPA to email you a recording of the session later in case you cannot attend live.)


Dec. 1 “Your Child’s Anxiety”

Jan. 26 “Social Media: Protecting Our Children” (Register here)

Feb. 16 “Building Your Child’s Confidence: Identity Formation” (Register here)

March 23 ”Emotional Regulation Part 1: Recognizing What’s Wrong” (Register here)

April 27 “Emotional Regulation Part 2: Interrupting Negative Emotions” (Register here)

May 18 “Helping Your Child Succeed – Parenting Styles Matter” (Register here)


And don’t forget to explore Parent Coaching, available to all UPA families free of charge. Also hosted by Parent Guidance, this resource provides confidential 1:1 coaching for UPA parents and caregivers. You will be matched with a trained, specialized and certified coach who can give you the tools to be a better parent/caregiver, along with the accountability structure and consistency needed to stay on track. Your coach will share insight, energy and validation into your personal family challenges… day-to-day, week-to-week, even year-to-year, when you feel too stuck, too alone or too exhausted. Learn more at https://CookCenter.info/GetCoaching


Questions? Contact Director of Community Development Laura Gordon Reska at lgordonreska@upatoday.com

Click here to view flyer: UPA Parent University PG Series 2021-22