Introducing Jean McBride
Hi! I'm Jean McBride. If you've arrived at this page it's probably because you're wondering who I am and how I'm qualified to be dishing out information about parenting after divorce for this website.
Thanks for taking time to check!
With the massive amount of information available on the Web and the number of people and organizations offering it, I think it's good to be just a little cautious and check out sources. So let me introduce you to Jean McBride.
My Professional Credentials
Licensed Family Therapist
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Northern Colorado. For the past 11 years I have specialized in something called "post-divorce relationships." That particular phrase covers a lot of territory including making the decision to divorce, adjusting to being divorced, parenting during and after divorce, single parenting, dating after divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies. I've worked with individuals and families in every one of these situations hundreds of times.
I have been qualified in court as an expert in areas related to child development, children's reactions to divorce, parenting after divorce, and divorce adjustment.
Collaborative Divorce Coach
I am trained in the Collaborative Divorce model and work as a divorce coach. For three years I was part of an interdisciplinary team of divorce professionals practicing in Northern Colorado, though we have recently disbanded our group. And for two years I was a member of the State Board of Directors of Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals .
Stepfamily Association of America
I served on the Board of Directors of the Stepfamily Association of America (SAA) for 10 years and have been a member of the SAA professional training team. In 2006 SAA closed its doors and became the National Stepfamily Resource Center (NSRC) housed at Auburn University in Alabama. I currently serve on the Council of Experts for NSRC and manage the website.
I am the author of a book for stepmothers entitled "Encouraging Words for New Stepmothers," a set of reproducible brochures about divorce for professionals entitled "Quick and Easy Brochures about Divorce," and a set of audio tapes for stepfamilies entitled "Hopeful Steps: A Gentle Guide for the Stepfamily Journey."
Educator and Public Speaker
I've traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada teaching therapists and other professionals how to work with issues related to divorce and remarriage. I'm one of the experts the media call when they are researching stories about divorce and remarriage. In the past I've been a consultant for stories featured in Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, USA Today, 20-20, 48 Hours and The Jane Pauley Show. Free-lance writers often contact me as they prepare articles to pitch to major media outlets. Here are a few comments from participants who have attended my workshops.
- Jean really shares her knowledge without being condescending. Harriet Slater, Ph. D.
- Ms. McBride is so enjoyable. Mary Whighom, LCSW
- Jean McBride offers abundant information. John Ferguson, LMFT
- Jean McBride's presentations skillfully cover deep topic areas and at the same time offer down-to-earth approaches. Jerry Ickel, LCSW
13,000 Divorcing Parents have Taught me Well
In addition to my private practice, in 1994 a colleague and I developed one of a handful of the first court-ordered classes for divorcing parents in this country. I am now the owner and executive director of Divorce Transitions,Inc. I am proud to say that our class is still going strong some 11 years later. That's where the 13,000 divorcing parents come in. Over the years, as I've listened to the concerns voiced by that many divorcing parents, I have learned a lot. Class participants provide me with fabulous information about what divorcing parents are facing each and every day of their lives. They have helped me learn what information works for them and likewise, what information doesn't work.
Over the 11 years that I've taught these classes, I have collected comments from the participants at the end of each class. Even though the comments are anonymous, I thought you might like to have a peek at what some participants have said about the classes and me as a teacher.
- At first I didn't want to come to this class, but it has been 100% worth my time and money. Jean McBride was really helpful.
- Jean McBride is awesome. She is a great presenter and really knows what she is talking about.
- I wish every divorcing parent could have this information presented just the way Jean McBride teaches it.
I've Been in Your Shoes
Besides my professional credentials, I have real life experience with divorce. Just like you, I was a divorced parent. I've walked in the same shoes (or at least similar shoes) trying to figure out what to do and how to do it. I was divorced from my son's father in the '70's when co-parenting wasn't even a blip on the radar screen. Our son was one of the lucky ones though because his dad and I somehow figured out on our own how to keep him out of the middle of our conflict and both remain actively involved in our important roles as parents. As you can imagine, there were some rough patches along the way and much of the time we flew by the seat of our pants. Looking back, I realize how wonderful it would have been to had had some help and support. I would have loved having a knowledgeable, caring person there to help me as I sometimes walked, sometimes ran, and yes, sometimes stumbled and fell along the road of parenting after divorce.
So, now you know me - at least a little. If you have questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me through this contact page or by contacting me directly at my office in Fort Collins, Colorado. Here's that information:
Jean McBride, M.S. LMFT
217 W. Olive
Fort Collins, CO 80521
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