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Helping Southern Californians Grow Through Divorce (949) 610-1701

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. In his office he works with men, women, teenagers, children, singles, and marriages. He has given over 400 seminars 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.

About our Workshop Speaker

The key to Divorce Recovery Workshop’s success is in the utilization of our experienced facilitators. All of our facilitators are divorced and understand “first hand” the challenges of divorce. Our facilitators personally interact with participants in small divorce support groups, creating an environment of caring, trust, and compassion.


Last year approximately 25,000 people in Orange County experienced the dissolution of their marriage. The failure rate for first marriages continue 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 divorce recovery workbook 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 will 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.

Divorce Recovery Support Groups and Workshop

In 1977, Dr. Bill “Flan” Flanagan began conducting Divorce Recovery Workshops in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

St. Andrew's began sponsoring this seminar in 1981 and offered it in the spring and fall of each year impacting the lives of over 15,000 people since its inception.

“Flan” went to heaven in May, 2010. In his honor the volunteers who served with Bill carry on his program.

About our Workshop Founder

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