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Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Co-Parenting Communication Workshop
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When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:00 AM
Where: 13 Prospect St. Suite 201
Bellingham, Washington  98225
United States
Contact: Iris Maute-Gibson

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The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) has received a grant from the Department of Social and Human Services to offer a Co-parenting Communication Workshop Saturday, June 25th from 9am-12pm. The cost of the workshop is $10 and pre-registration is required. Visit our website,, call 360-676-0122, or email, for more information and to register.  

This course is designed for individuals who are divorced, separated, and never married parents and custodians. The workshop will help participants build skills to manage emotions, be heard, communicate effectively, and reduce co-parenting conflicts.
Participants will learn how to:
Identify stresses and triggers
Appropriately manage anger
Effectively use a variety of conflict strategies
Express needs in an assertive, interest-based manner
Promote healthy communication techniques

Parents may participate in this workshop alone, or with the other parent. 

A recent parenting class participant said, “this workshop made me want to use these strategies for all of our benefit and help make things less stressful and painful.” 

The Co-Parenting Communication Workshop will again be offered on Saturday, September 17th. 

Course Instructors: 
Angus McLane, M.A. Angus is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who earned a MA in Counseling Psychology in 1986 from Gonzaga University. He has worked in community mental health, private practice, and state service and has extensive experience in child and adolescent therapy, adolescent sex offender treatment, family systems and juvenile corrections. He has trained in multiple evidence based practices such as Functional Family Therapy, Brief Solution Based Therapy, Incredible Years, Motivational Interviewing and Project Safecare. Angus is currently a licensed trainer for Triple P: Positive Parenting Program and he travels extensively to train agency staff in this model. He has taught the class, Helping Children Through Family Changes, for the WDRC since 1993.

Deborah Forgays, PhD. Deborah has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and is currently a Professor in Psychology at Western Washington University. Her teaching and research have focused on issues important to children, adolescents and families. She obtained her  community and family mediation certifications through the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center in Bellingham.

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