Why Hang Onto Anger (WHOA!)

Managing Emotions – Anger management is not really about being angry or upset, but HOW we lose our tempers After all, anger is a normal, healthy emotion. How we INTERPRET any given situation makes the difference in how we REACT. To complete this course, parents are required to do an activity entitle History of the Heart: a personal timeline, a birth story and a life story.

The WHOA course is based in research from existing evidence-based programs such as Positive Parenting, Active Parenting, STEP and Breakthrough Parenting. We introduce parents to TED Talks and current research as well as discuss the application of Psychosocial researchers such as Jean Piaget, Alfred Adler and Erik Erikson. Think of it as a 101 college course: human development and social/emotional development of parenting in a democratic family.


ZOOM CLASSROOM Live Group Instruction

The interactive classroom instructor also introduces parents to brain-based research, resource videos and a personal reflection journal. Parents analyze how stress, depression and poor communication affect their response to certain people, situations and events. Parents explore how developing a strong sense of empathy supports coping strategies as an alternative anger.

12-week WHOA Schedule

WHOA classes are facilitated according to the number of persons in each cohort. Students are admitted at the first of each month, the day depends on the rotation of the cohort. Classes are scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 5pm depending on the of students signing up (a minimum of 5, a maximum of 8)

If you have any questions about classes, extended packets or fees, please  Click Here to Contact  Us.

Parents will be admitted as follows:

Initial Interviews for December classes will begin the week of November 15.

  • December 7, 2022 – February 22, 2023, Wednesdays 5pm
  • December 13, 2022 – February 28, 2023, Tuesdays 5pm
  • January 9, 2023 – March  27, 2023, Mondays 5pm
  • March 7, 2023 – May  23, 2023, Tuesdays 5pm
  • April 3, 2023 – June  26, 2023, Mondays 5pm (No Class on Memorial Day)
  • May 3, 2023 – July  19, 2023, Wednesdays 5pm
  • June 6, 2023 – August  29, 2023, Tuesdays 5pm (No Class on 4th of July)
  • July 10, 2023 – October  2, 2023, Mondays 5pm (No Class on Labor Day)
  • August 2, 2023 – October  18, 2023, Wednesdays 5pm
  • November 7, 2023 – January  22, 2024, Tuesdays 5pm
  • December 6, 2024 – February  28, 2024, Wednesdays 5pm



Weeks 1-4

  • Introduction to Human Rights Education and Democratic Parenting
  • Anger Management as Emotional Regulation
  • Vulnerability and Belonging
  • Conflict – VOCAB
  • Meaning and Purpose
  • Timeline

Weeks 5-8

  • Birth Stories
  • Dignity = Value, Acceptance, Voice and Choice
  • Emotional Courage
  • Effective Communication Skills Part I
  • Effective Communication with Kids Part II
  • Parenting Approaches


Weeks 9-12

  • A Sincere Apology
  • Perception and CBT
  • Forgiveness?
  • Self Care
  • Parent Narrative
  • Final PowerPoint Presentation


$150 Initial Consultation Fee + $450 Course Enrollment = The total cost of the WHOA! course is $600.

Add Partner (for two parents attending the class together): $350 extra

The Fee for the Initial Consultation is Non-Refundable.


An Initial Consultation Interview must take place prior to completing enrollment in the WHOA! course.

Prior to scheduling an interview you must purchase the Initial Consultation and complete the Online Extended Intake Form.

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Initial Consultation Interview:

The Fee for the Initial Consultation is Non-Refundable.

You can also call us to schedule your Initial Interview Consultation. Our phone number is the bottom of this page.
(Please leave your name, phone number and the best time to reach you)

Office Hours by appointment only M-F and Weekends.

Click Here To Enroll in Why Hang Onto Anger (WHOA!)

You are only eligible to purchase this class if you have been directed by Mollie Hughes, EdD to enroll AFTER completing the Initial Consultation process.