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Posted on: January 2, 2018

Parent Workshop Offered - Guiding Good Choices


January 2, 2019
For Immediate Release 
Denise Banker
Jefferson County Public Health
(360) 385-9438


Port Townsend – The Empowered Teens Coalition is hosting a 5-week parent enrichment workshop, Guiding Good Choices, for parents and caregivers of youth in grades 4-8. The free program will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:00, February 6 – March 6 at the Community United Methodist Church, 130 Church Lane, Port Hadlock. 

This nationally recognized, evidence-based program was developed by researchers Dr. J. David Hawkins and Dr. Richard F. Catalano at the University of Washington. Participants learn and practice how to listen, be assertive, redirect behavior, use I-statements, give praise, and build resilience for the drug-free years. All skills taught at each of the five sessions are designed to foster healthy communication that strengthens entire families.  Each weekly gathering includes a delicious family meal followed by adult workshops; in the third week, youth attend and a family workshop is held. All sessions are led by trained facilitators, Pinky Feria Mingo and Denise Banker.

Workshops are based on Social Development Strategy, a theory of human behavior that identifies the factors that promote social bonding and positive behavior. Catalano’s and Hawkins’ research has shown when children are bonded to parents, school, and non-drug using peers, they are less likely to get involved in problem behaviors. Guiding Good Choices has been shown to be effective in strengthening parent-child bonds and preventing teenagers from starting to use alcohol and other drugs.

Guiding Good Choices parenting workshop is generously funded by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and is offered free to the public. Childcare is provided upon request. Youth and parents who participate in the program develop a range of skills to aid them in asserting themselves constructively with respect and positive self-regard.

The Empowered Teens Coalition, formerly The Chimacum Prevention Coalition, is a volunteer alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention advocacy organization that brings community members together to reduce youth substance misuse and abuse.

If you would like to register for the February/March workshop or have any questions about this program, please contact Denise Banker at 360-385-9438, or email  or visit us on Facebook and Instagram.


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