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This is a course for parents who are either in the process of separation or divorce. Parents who are co-parenting will learn strategies for parenting under pressure. You'll learn how to make the process less stressful and ultimately, less damaging to your children and yourself. We discuss best practices for co-parenting and how creating a plan can significantly decrease the stress. We use an evidence based curricula — Parents Forever: The Impact of Divorce on Children Parent Handbook by University Minnesota Extension. Some states require that divorcing parents take a parenting course. This course may satisfy that requirement. We strongly suggest checking with your state first for approval. We will award certificates of completion if you need one. Even if not required by your state, if you are divorcing, take this course to help your children and yourself with the transition.
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|Section 1: Start Here|
Parental divorce can be a difficult time for you and your child(ren). The purpose of this course is to address the effects of divorce and provide coping strategies to help you and your child(ren) work through the struggles of divorce.
|Lecture 2||2 pages|
This module gives a definition for divorce and separation. You will also download an assessment that helps you to understand your interactions with your children during this challenging transition. We also provide you with guidance on how to tell your children that you're getting divorced, giving examples based on the age of your child.
|Lecture 3||7 pages|
View a short slide show on how divorce impacts children. It will vary depending on the age of your child.
|Lecture 4||3 pages|
Going through a divorce is similar to the mourning process. Learn the stages of coping with divorce and what is typical for children.
Chronic and persistent stress can have significant effects on the body and mind. Learn how to identify stress symptoms and and to lessen the negative effects.
|Lecture 6||4 pages|
You will learn how to identify symptoms of stress in your child and what to do about it. You'll also learn how mindfulness can help you and your child. You'll get a mindfulness exercise to practice with your child.
Module #4 – Parenting StrategiesPreview
|Lecture 8||8 pages|
This lecture deals with effective parenting strategies based on the age and stage of development of your child.
|Quiz 1||7 questions|
True or False
1.Only one parent needs to construct a routine schedule?
2.Divorce created feelings of grief and loss for children?
3.Children should often be reassured the divorce is not their fault?
4Teens are more affected by divorce then infants and toddlers? .
5.Do not encourage children to talk about their feelings because they may become more upset?
6.You can always change your child's sadness to happiness?
7.Never try to compete with your former spouse?
8, Its okay if negative things about you former spouse slip out from time to time?
Co-parenting can present challenges. This module gives detailed information on how to establish mutually agreeable rules, a plan, and how to improve communication. We've also included guidelines for dealing with an ex who has narcissistic tendencies or other difficult personalities.
Self-care is extremely important. It will help you to cope with stress and be able to parent more effectively. We also include a guide on how to forgive your ex in order to be able to move on and heal.
If you need or want a certificate of completion, see the attached document for our contact information.
Lisa Savage graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in social work where she specialized in health and mental health. She is also PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) trained, which is an evidenced-based treatment for children ages 2-7 who have behavioral or emotional regulation challenges. Most of her career has been focused on working to improve the mental health of children and adults. Ms. Savage is a licensed professional in the states of Delaware and Maryland.