What is my training and experience?
My most fulfilling training, of course, has been on-the-job, raising two sons and one daughter, now 28, 25, and 23. As a mom, I bring to coaching all the humanity and realism of a parent who has felt the pressure and the guilt, who has fought the worry and anxiety, who has experienced the highs and the lows, and who has struggled, cried, rejoiced, and celebrated over the moments of parenthood as every parent has.
My formal training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from George Fox University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Oregon University, an Oregon Administrative License from George Fox University, and a designation as a Certified Parent Coach by the Parent Coaching Institute® through Seattle Pacific University (http://www.parentcoachinternational.com/). I have also become a Certified Trainer in the use of Collaborative Problem Solving through the Think:Kids organization in association with the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (www.thinkkids.org).
As a special educator and Parent Coach, I have over 17 years of experience working with families of children with learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges. I have worked with families of children ranging from kindergarten to high school with diagnoses of disabilities and disorders such as Emotional Disturbance, ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attachment Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Delay, and Mental Retardation. In many cases, these partnerships with parents who have faced some of the most difficult situations with their children have been some of the most inspiring of my professional career, and are what fuel my belief that there is hope for peace of mind for every parent, regardless of the challenges they face with their children.
Why did I become a parent coach?
I became a parent coach because I am passionate about seeing parents get the help they need to be confident in creating a positive, healthy home environment for themselves and their children. Nothing gets me more excited than hearing the heaviness shift to confidence in the voice of a parent whose hope is restored!
Doris Bowman, M.S., Certified Parent Coach®
“All your time on the phone was a great encouragement, and your words always made us feel we can all press on and move into a new season. Your face always shined with hope! Thank you!”
– Jenny, parent of a teen diagnosed with ODD, Washington