Facilitator, Trainer, Parent Coach, Break Through Learning Center
To teach parent education, a person has to have a well-rounded and interdisciplinary education. They have to relate to people from many cultures and beliefs because diverse groups can get very sensitive and testy when talking about childrearing. So, the fact that Mollie Hughes has interdisciplinary degrees in society, ethics & human behavior (B.A.), human rights and social policy (M.A.) from the University of Washington Bothell is a plus. However, her real credibility lies with her 20 years as a parent facilitator trained in nine different research-based parent curriculums as well as her 24 years as a therapeutic foster parent. Though the focus of her curriculum was Breakthrough Parenting and anger management for parents since 1997, she continues to use research information from many resources to keep her courses updated and fresh.
Ms. Hughes carved a niche for herself. She focused on marginalized parents; those involved in social services and court-mandated cases. She gave voice to parents going through separation, divorce or domestic violence cases and realized what most therapists and counselors had overlooked; parents are in these situations not because they are bad people, but because they are good people dealing with poor choices. Teaching parents how to organize, prioritize, analyze and critically think though difficult problems, empowers them to rehabilitate their thinking and improve their situations.
Ms. Hughes now teaches a curriculum to adult parents with lesson components which include developing empathy, strengthening communication skills, understanding brain development and human growth, building empathy and trust skills, creating and implementing agreements (policy begins at home!) and preparing children for the technical age.