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Nurtured Heart Approach

Parent & Guardian Workshop

Are you feeling emotionally drained and wishing you could connect with your teenager/household in a positive way? Is your child’s behavior and the usual response to it raising tension in your home? Or would you like support fine tuning/notching up what is already working well? Join Viviana Barajas for a 3-week introduction to a new way of seeing ourselves, our closest relationships, and our children.

Parents & Guardians will learn:

  • How to celebrate a child’s positive behavior with purpose and authenticity.
  • How to set boundaries that empower you and your child, while encouraging ownership of behaviors and outcomes.
  • How to teach children to manage intense emotions and improve emotional regulation.


Workshop Flyers:

  • Relationship Reset: Decoding the Intensity of Adolescence with the Nurtured Heart Approach®
  • Restablecimiento de Relaciones: Decodificación de la Intensidad de la Adolescencia con Nurtured Heart Approach®


NHA Staff

Viviana Barajas, M.A., Ed., PPS Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer

Viviana Barajas is a first-generation Mexican-American who was born and raised in California. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development at UC San Diego, and received her Master’s in Educational Counseling from California State University, Stanislaus. She is the proud mother of two amazing boys and has always had a passion for helping underserved populations and for finding opportunities to promote positive relationships. Her experience includes early childhood education, non-profit community work, domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, early intervention and prevention services for children and families, foster youth advocacy, residential treatment facility training and support, and program development. For the past 8 years, Viviana has been working exclusively to integrate the Nurtured Heart Approach as an Advanced Certified Trainer into school and agency settings and has grown a successful independent consulting business. Viviana has created a Nurtured Heart Approach mental health high school course for teens, is a certified instructor in Teen Mental Health First Aid, and is the creator of Greatness Project, a non-profit organization in the making to provide a platform for youth to share this life-changing method with other youth and adults. Her Greatness Project includes youth who are homeless, displaced, in the foster care system, and recently released youth from juvenile detention centers and in an alternative educational setting. For the past four years, she has led parent workshops through Modesto Junior College for resource families in Stanislaus County, including CASA workers, social workers, residential treatment staff, teachers, counselors, administrators, families, and community partners. She has professionally trained thousands of adult professionals, parents, and students in San Joaquin, Fresno, Kings, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties, with no plans to slow down. She has been consulting with MUHSD for 3 years.  

2024-2025 Parent Workshop Dates


MUHSD Parent & Guardian Workshop Series via Zoom:


Fall English Session:

  • TBA
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fall Spanish Session:

  • TBA
    •  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Spring English Session:

  • TBA
    •  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spring Spanish Session:

  • TBA
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Teacher & Parent Testimonies of NHA




News Article: Students from A Merced High School Help Create A Mental Health Course