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Safe Harbor C.A.R.E.S. Youth & Family Program
Cultivating Adaptability & Resilience through Emotional Self-regulation

An evidence-based approach to helping children and families cope with challenging behaviors negatively impacting a child’s success in the classroom, daycare  or at home.

formally Taming the Dragons and Incredible Years


Who is this for?

Families of early elementary-aged children (K-2) who are struggling with the impact of a traumatic environment or event - or children who have behavior or self-regulation challenges that are making it difficult for them to remain in the classroom during the average school day. These children may or may not have a formal diagnosis (ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum etc).


Parent Component

This evidence-based program was developed more than 25 years ago here in Washington and is utilized worldwide. It has been shown to increase attentive and positive parenting, decrease conflict, helps to support and promote parent’s involvement in their child’s education, and reduce behavior issues both at home and in school.


We provide parents information on trauma and its impact on brain development, as well as behaviors, and ways they can help their child utilize the skills they are learning in in our youth component when faced with a challenging emotional situation.

Uplifiting Children

Effective for children who have diagnosis such as ADHD, ADD, ODD, and others that impact behavior

Used in over 20 countries around the world

Empowering Parents

Parents report a reduction in stress and increased confidence in their parenting decisions.


Youth Component

Children who have been through this program have shown growth in the areas of:

  • Relationship Goals

  • Decision Making

  • Goal Directed Behavior

  • Optimistic Thinking

  • Self-Awareness & Self-Management

  • Personal Responsibility


Our youth portion of C.A.R.E.S. is operated in partnership within local elementary schools. These children are the victims of abuse or neglect, have suffered a trauma and/or some have neurological, psychological or behavioral disorders that impair their ability to be successful at home and in school. Our instructors help children learn positive coping skills, how to identify and appropriately express their emotions, strengthen their self-regulation techniques, and develop resilience. We include the latest techniques (supported by scientific studies) including yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices, EFT or “tapping” and more. 

These “soft skills” are crucial to a child’s success in school, but also in their relationships at home and in society. These skills will impact a child throughout their lifetime.


  • Trauma informed yoga

  • Cross-lateral movement

  • Rhythm focus 


  • Tapping

  • Mindfulness activities

  • Play/Social development


  • Progressive relaxation

  • Grounding

  • Sensory isolation


  • Imagination breathing

  • Belly breathing

  • Mediation

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