Local coalition and county sponsor free parenting course for west side families

The evidence-based Guiding Good Choices parenting classes are for parents and other caregivers of children ages 9-14

VANCOUVER — Beginning in April, West Van for Youth coalition will offer a free, 5-week parenting workshop for parents who live in the westside of Vancouver — 98660, 98661 and 98663 zip codes.

The evidence-based Guiding Good Choices parenting classes are for parents and other caregivers of children ages 9-14.

Classes are held each Thursday from April 11, 2019 through May 9, 2019. Meals and child care will be provided. Each session runs 6-8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran 309 W 39th St. Optional dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.

In a lively and open atmosphere, parents will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors, and develop into healthy adults. Parents will learn to set clear family guidelines on drugs, as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children’s involvement in the family.

The Guiding Good Choices program, from Channing Bete Company, was developed by Dr. J. David Hawkins and Dr. Richard F. Catalano of the University of Washington. Their research has shown that when children are bonded to their parents, school and non-drug-using peers, they are less likely to get involved in drug use or other behavior problems.

To register, contact Gloria Dominguez at (360) 314-6452 or gloriasmemories@comcast.net.

The West Van for Youth coalition, comprised of students, individuals and public and private agencies, works to promote healthy choices and reduce substance misuse among youth. It was established in 2011 as part of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative, which is funded and administered by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Clark County is the fiscal agent for the coalition.

Learn more at www.westvanforyouth.org/.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications. 

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