A Seminar for Divorced and Separated Persons of All Ages

March 6 - April 10, 2014

Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.574.2222 phone
949.631.3689 fax

Growing Through Divorce

Last year approximately 25,000 people in Orange County experienced the dissolution of their marriage. The failure rate for first marriages continues to be about 50%, while 65% of second marriages end in divorce. Thousands of people in our community have been deeply affected by the tragedy of divorce.

Jim Smoke, whose book we will be using in the Workshop, has said, “You can go through a divorce or you can grow through it.” No matter how close or distant the divorce experience is for you, you’ll find both the lecture topics as well as the support and understanding of others dealing with similar issues to be tremendously helpful in making one of life’s most difficult adjustments. These sessions are designed for those who are dealing with the finality of a terminated marriage, rather than the possibility of reconciliation.

Dr. john fry, workshop Speaker:

Dr. John Fry has attended St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church for over 30 years and has served as an elder.  He is a psychologist who's been in private practice in Orange County for over 30 years.  He works with men, women, teenagers, children, singles and married couples.  He has given over 400 seminiars on stress management to, among others, IBM, NBC, Farmers Insurance, the US Navy, the Los Angeles Times and the faculties of Fuller Theological Seminary.

John attended the workshop, created by Dr. Bill Flanagan, for himself while going through a divorce in 1987.  Afterwards, he volunteered as a small group facilitator for the next 14 workshops.  In September of 2009, John assumed the role of speaker of the Divorce Recovery Workshop.  John integrates information from psychological research, his own experience of divorce, and the experiences of working with scores of people in his private practice who are attempting to heal and grow through their own divorces.

Week #1

Is This Really Happening to Me?
The Three Stages of the Divorce Experience

Week #2

Assuming New Responsibilities
Planning for Yourself and Your Future

Week #3

Coping with Your Ex-spouse
A Relational Reality that Continues to Exist

Week #4

For parents of dependant children: Helping Your Child Through Your Divorce
For Non-Parents: Coping Skills for the Stress of Divorce

Week #5

Finding and Experiencing Forgiveness
Overcoming Hate and Hurt

Week #6

Thinking About New Relationships
Relating, Dating, & Mating

Children’s Workshop (grades 1-6)

Begins Thursday, March 20, 2014 
Time: Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Parent must be registered for the Workshop.

Teen Workshop (junior high and high school)

Begins Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Parent need NOT be registered for the Workshop.

Cost for first-time participants:

$35.00 pre-registration received before the Workshop
$45.00 registration at the door
Fee includes Jim Smoke's book, Growing Through Divorce

Cost for those who have previously attended the Workshop:

$20.00 pre-registration
$25.00 at the door
(no book included)


FREE childcare for infants through sixth graders is available each evening of the Workshop. Please call 949.574.2222 to make childcare reservations.


To register Click Here

New Directions - Spring 2014

Five unique seminars offered on Thursday evenings, April 24 - May 22, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Dierenfield Hall.

$5 donation requested per session.


april 24:

Joy De Gruccio, M.A., CPhT - "Colorful Travelers on the Train of Life"

may 1:

Mike Marino, PhD - "Changes That Last - How to Get Unstuck in Life and Love"

May 8:

John Jolliffe, MFT - " Transitions in Life: Understanding uncertainties in your personal and professional life"

May 15:

Linette Soderwall, Life Coach, Family Therapist - "Do You Want to be Happy or Do You Want to be Right??"

may 22:

Dr. David Stoop, PhD - "Rethink How You Think"


For more info, 949.574.2222.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Attn: DRW
600 St. Andrews Road
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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