Mission statement: The Stephan Center is a service organization dedicated to those journeying through life transitions. We are committed to providing educational programs, information, and resources to professionals and lay persons as they offer support and understanding to those seeking peace and acceptance in their lives.

We all experience a variety of life losses which include separation from important people, places, items or events unique in our life. Our website is designed to help you with loss.


A message from the Director:

9/11: Twenty Year Later

On this 20th  year Anniversary we continue to remember the devastating tragedy of  September 11, 2001, the extensive number of lives lost, and the continued trauma for their families.

The loss we all experienced and the grief we all shared has now become a part of each of us. It has forever changed us as all trauma and loss does. We will never be the same as we were before that fateful day. Trauma and Grief reshapes us emotionally, physically and spiritually.

It also provides us the opportunity to redefine ourselves, our values and our life work. Today, we encourage each of you to reflect on the way you have and continue to reshape your life based on the impact that fateful day had on you.

What you do now is your tribute to those we lost and your legacy for those in your life today.

 The Stephan Center is here to support you and your family

If you need help right now dial 2-1-1 from any cell or land-line phone for immediate Health and Human Service assistance in the county in which you call. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with ‘live’ Resource Specialists to assist you. Learn more about Life losses and transitions for children, teens and adults
. Visit our page on Life Losses.

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FALL List of FREE Classes for Foster Parents

View our Fall List of FREE classes for Foster/Resource parents, Kinship Caregivers and Grandparents.

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Trauma Informed Certification Program

This online, self-paced 12 module, 24- hour certification program is designed to provide all aspects of the trauma impact on children and adults for professionals in the fields of Social Work, Foster Services, Education, Law Enforcement and Faith Leaders. Special rates available for agencies and school districts.

Learn more about this program here.

Individual Online classes

Individual, 2-hour courses on a variety of topics in relation to trauma, grief/loss and parenting/Fatherhood appropriate for Social Workers, Educators, Foster/Resource Parent, and Faith Leaders.

View all of our online courses here.

Walking A New Path

Inviting all Widowed persons to attend a special three part series: "Walking a New Path; After Your Spouse Dies" Thursdays.

News series will begin in November
Thursday Nov 4, 11 and 18 from 9:30-11:30am
Registration begins October 4, 2021

Download the Registration PDF

November series
Fee is for all 3 sessions

Fathers Speaking Out Videos

Fathers Speaking Out is a six (6) video series created with men who are fathering. Three (3) videos are offered in Spanish and three (3) are offered in English. Each session provides both a facilitated video and group discussion around a topic impacting men and the children in their lives. Each session is 90 minutes in lengthen and includes guided discussion questions. Videos are designed to be facilitated by any professional trained in group interactive programs.  Click Here For More Info

View Online at onlineclasses.thestephancenter.org or purchase directly through us.

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