Family Empowerment Program

United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire (UCPIE) provides group counseling services to families with children or adults with special needs. Counseling is facilitated by a licensed  therapist following a curriculum developed to target topics specific to their needs. Families benefit from this supportive environment, a safe space in which they can share experiences and learn techniques that help with their day-to-day challenges.

What topics are covered?

  • Learning that you have power
  • Balancing caretaking
  • Respecting emotional differences
  • Processing feelings
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Building a healthy relationship

Who is eligible to sign up?

If you have a family member with special needs you are eligible for this program. The UCPIE Family Empowerment Program is offered to all families within the Coachella Valley. At this time, the program is being offered at the UCPIE administrative offices:  42-600 Cook St., Suite 201, Palm Desert, CA 92211.

To apply, scroll to the bottom of this page and fill out the Family Empowerment Program Application.

What is asked of attendees?

The program is comprised of six classes, offered once a week, in one and a half hour sessions. One or both parents are welcomed to participate. Once enrolled in the program, it is important to maintain consistent attendance. When a group dynamic is formed, it creates a healthy environment for growth and change. If attendance is inconsistent, the group dynamic suffers and affects your experience and the experience of others.

What to expect?

When you complete the program, you will walk away with a feeling of empowerment. You will have learned tools that will help you effectively process challenges with confidence. The program focuses on methods of reducing stress and building healthy relationships. You will also have had the opportunity to meet other caregivers and create a bond; establishing a long-term friendship resulting in ongoing support.

The Family Empowerment Program is offered at no cost. For more information contact Jannett Reyes at jannett@ucpie.org  or 760-321-8184 ext. 111 or fill out the application at the bottom of this page.

2024 Program Schedule

Track Date Language Outlet
1 January 17, 2024 – February 28, 2024 (Wednesdays at 6pm) English Zoom
2 January 20, 2024 – March 2, 2024 (Saturdays at 10am) Spanish In-person
3 March 13, 2024 – May 1, 2024 (Wednesdays at 6pm) Spanish Zoom
4 March 16, 2024 – May 4, 2024 (Saturdays at 10am) English In-person
5 May 15, 2024 – June 29, 2024 (Wednesdays at 6pm) English Zoom
6 May 18, 2024 – June 29, 2024 (Saturdays at 10am) Spanish In-person
7 July 10, 2024 – September 4, 2024 (Wednesdays at 6pm) Spanish Zoom
8 July 13, 2024 – September 7, 2024 (Saturdays at 10am) English In-person
9 September 18, 2024 – October 30, 2024 (Wednesdays at 6pm) English Zoom
10 September 14, 2024 – October 26, 2024 (Saturdays at 10am) Spanish In-person

Family Empowerment Program Application

Step 1 of 3

Parent/Guardian Name / Nombre de los padres/tutores legales(Required)
Second Parent/Guardian Name (optional) / Nombre de los padres/tutores legales
Address / Dirección de la casa(Required)