Briefly in Education

Free classes on child behavioral problems

Parents of Laguna Beach Unified School District students have a couple opportunities this fall to learn ways of dealing with child behavioral problems.

The district is sponsoring a seven-week program for parents with children ages 5 to 10, along with periodic 90-minute drop-in classes for parents with students of all ages, a district news release said.

Laura Rivas, a marriage and family therapist who has an office in Laguna Beach, will facilitate the free seven-week program, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning this coming week at The Susi Q senior center, 380 Third St., in Laguna Beach.

"Our seven-week Loving Solutions class will provide parents an opportunity for interaction among [themselves], practice of concepts and techniques learned as well as individualized problem solving," Irene White, the district's special education and student services director, said in the release. "Developing our skills is something all of us can benefit from as parents."

Space is limited and pre-registration is necessary.

For more information or to register, contact Jami Parsons, the district's elementary school counselor, at (949) 497-7780, (949) 497-7790 or; or Rivas at (949) 791-7839 or

The first 90-minute drop-in class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at The Susi Q, the release said.

These classes, which Rivas will facilitate, are designed for parents who need support but can't commit to an ongoing class, according to the release.

Parents will be able to interact with each other and learn problem-solving techniques.

Sessions will also be held Dec. 27, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, May 20 and June 17, the release said.

Additional parent education opportunities, including classes targeting secondary students, will be forthcoming and posted on the district's website at

Parents needing additional information may contact their child's school counselor or White at (949) 497-7700, Ext. 5208, or


Information on post-high school options

Laguna Beach High School students will be able to speak with representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities and military branches during the annual College Round Up from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Dugger Gym.

The event allows students and their families to explore educational options and investigate topics such as admission requirements, on-campus housing, areas of study, athletics, scholarships and financial aid before visiting campuses, a district news release said.

Specialized breakout sessions on college admission tests and athletic recruiting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at other areas of the Laguna Beach High campus.

—Bryce Alderton

Twitter: @AldertonBryce

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