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Building Family Bridges

Because Healthy, Happy Families
Don't Just Happen.

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Building Family Bridges got its start in 1993 with a three year grant from the Colorado Department of JJDP - Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. Since that time it has been evolving into a unique program which helps families begin a process toward authentic, open communication where mutual respect and empathy are experienced by all family members. It assists families to collectively and individually identify and begin to solve issues affecting the quality of their family life.

& How to Achieve It

Can family members express their truest thoughts and feelings without fear of repercussion? Will they be heard with empathy?

& How to Resolve It

Is conflict viewed as a normal part of family development, and most importantly, are conflicts resolved with win/win solutions?

Are patterns of behavior that do not work noticed and replaced?

& How to Manage It

Power is defined as the ability (and permission) to initiate change for the betterment of oneself or one's family.

What is the power structure within the family? How do family members access that structure?

& Belonging

Can each family member truly become and be themselves while still retaining a sense of belonging in the family?

The Myers-Briggs Type Inventory is utilized for family members to better understand similarities, differences, and unique contributions to family life.



Favorite Quotes on Parenting & Family Life

"To parent consciously requires that we engage in an inner work on ourselves as well as in the outer work of nurturing and caring for our children."
- Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn

"We must clear a path to the strength and energy at the core of family life...which will challenge each of us to face the truth about ourselves, and to find the courage to protect, nurture, and revitalize the families we so cherish."
- Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia & The Shelter of Each Other, Rebuilding Families

Favorite Web Site for Parenting:


photo of Jacquelyn & her familyJacquelyn Strickland, LPC
Before becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1993, Jacquelyn founded two nonprofit agencies addressing the needs of the primary caregiver and their families. One of these agencies is the LaPlata Family Resource Center in Durango, Colorado. She has been in private practice and now focuses her time writing and developing LifeWorks, her counseling, coaching & training business which focuses on families, Highly Sensitive People and cultural diversity issues. Jacquelyn has worked with parenting and family concerns since 1983, and has worked with Highly Sensitive People since 1999, offering HSP Gathering Retreats, counseling and coaching. Much of her work is done via retreats, phone and internet, although she does has a local office in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She and her husband Steve are the proud parents of two sons born in 1980 and 1983.




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