CHILDREN 1ST PARENTING CLASS
Children 1st is a class for parents who have difficulty communicating with their co-parent in an effective manner. The Children 1st class is designed to help parents understand their respective roles in the conflict, learn to take personal responsibility and reduce blame. Parents will learn empathy for their children and to put their children’s interests and well-being first. Please email Trish Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org), our Family Law Director, with any questions.
To enroll, complete the following two steps:
The next scheduled Children 1st Parenting Class will be held on the four consecutive Saturdays in May (May 1, 8, 15, 22). Meeting times are from 10am-12pm OR 1pm-3pm and your session time is either listed on the court order or assigned by staff.
Children 1st Class Requirements for Certificate of Completion:
- Each party must attend four (4), two-hour classes held on consecutive Saturdays in a given month.
- Each party must fill out the required intake form located on our website and pay the fee in full before the first class.
- Each party must attend all 4 consecutive classes and do any and all required work to receive a Certificate of Completion.
Parents attending this class will learn the following:
- Conflict: Parents will learn how their behavior contributes to the conflict. Parents will learn the importance of effective co-parenting so as to limit the long-term effects of the conflict on their children and themselves.
- Stress Reduction: Parents will learn what triggers their stress response, drives the conflict with their co-parent and the skills to respond and not react to conflict. Parents will learn ways that stress, anger, violence and substance use exacerbates the problems with their co-parent. Parents will learn stress-reduction techniques & how to be present for their children.
- Communication Skills: Parents will learn how to communicate effectively with each other to reduce the conflict between them. Parents will learn flexible thinking, how to manage their emotions and moderate their behaviors. Parents will learn structured email/text communication & response protocol.
- Skills practice / The Plan: In Week 4, parents come together to prepare a child-focused communication plan and commit to focus on quality parenting and child-focused resolutions.
The class is held via Zoom and you will receive access details after your fee is paid and prior to the first class.