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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Community Wellness Workshop Offered to Parents of Youth Ages 9-14

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September 18, 2019


For Immediate Release

Denise Banker

Jefferson County Public Health

(360) 385-9438


Community Wellness Workshop Offered to Parents of Youth Ages 9-14

Port Townsend, WA – The Empowered Teens Coalition is hosting two 5-week parent enrichment workshops, Guiding Good Choices, for parents and caregivers of youth in grades 4-9. The free program will meet weekly, one on Tuesdays and the other on Wednesdays in October, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The Tuesday workshops will be held at the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA. The Wednesday workshops will be held at Jefferson County Public Health’s Pacific Room, 615 Sheridan St. in Port Townsend.

Guiding Good Choices is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program. 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 refreshments. The third week, youth accompany their parents and a family workshop is held. All sessions are led by trained facilitators, Lindsay Scalf 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. 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. The Empowered Teens Coalition is a volunteer alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention advocacy organization that brings community members together to reduce youth substance misuse and abuse.

To register for the 5-week October workshop or have any questions about this program, contact:

For Tuesday workshops in Chimacum: Denise Banker dbanker@co.jefferson.wa.us. 360-385-9538

For Wednesday workshops in Port Townsend: Lindsay Scalf lscalf@co.jefferson.wa.us  360-385-9419


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