CO-PARENTING AFTER DIVORCE - LEVEL II
An Advanced Class
Co-Parenting After Divorce - Level II is a four-session, ten-hour class offered to divorcing, divorced and never-married parents who live apart. It is a skills-based class that parents attend together with three to five other co-parent teams. It is designed for parents who want to improve a co-parenting relationship that is working fairly well, as well as for those parents who have more difficulty getting along. Parents will learn skills and strategies needed to successfully communicate and work together to form the foundation of a businesslike co-parenting relationship which will benefit their children.
What co-parents will learn:
- Utilizing a code word
- Reframing communication
- Using "I" messages
- The use of polite requests
- Empathy and respectful self-expression
- The power of encouragement
- Reflective listening
- Recognizing and avoiding communication blocks
- Problem-solving process and negotiation
- How to conduct focused business meetings and family meetings in each home
Q & A
What is the purpose of the Advanced Level 2 class?
- This class is led by two experienced, mental health professionals who teach co-parents skills designed to lower the conflict, lower the risk of continued litigation, and protect children from long-term exposure to high family stress.
Won’t attending with my co-parent cause us to have more conflict?
- The class is highly structured, and the courts generally understand that you will be attending with your co-parent. The group leaders are well trained in making sure the class is safe and participants behave appropriately. In our experience, co-parents are often initially reticent to attend with their co-parent. Early in the first class, many (not all) co-parents shift their focus from their conflict to working toward a business like relationship for the sake of their children.
How much does it cost?
- The cost is $375. In some case, the cost may be lower if need can be demonstrated.
What is the time commitment?
- The class meets on four consecutive Monday’s from 4:30 to 7pm over the course of one month.
Where does the class meet?
- The location is near the I-25 and Colorado Blvd exit. The exact location will be disclosed upon registration for the class.
Can I attend alone or do I have to attend with my co-parent?
- Generally, you are required to attend the class with your co-parent. The courts are aware that PAD’s Advanced Level 2 class requires both co-parents to attend. Occasionally, exceptions are made if a co-parent wishes to attend with a new significant partner or step-parent.
What are the benefits?
- In short, your children benefit the most by your attending this class. By doing the hard work of meeting with your co-parent in a group setting, you’ll have the opportunity to learn to disagree with one another in a respectful manner and develop tools to successfully negotiate agreements.
What are the risks?
- Some co-parents struggle with hopelessness and poor motivation. Not everyone benefits from the class. Co-parents are NOT encouraged to take the class if there is ongoing litigation.
When is the deadline for reserving my spot in the class?
- In order to reserve your spot, we must receive payment. The deadline for this payment is three weeks before the date of your first class. Without such payment, we cannot guarantee your spot.
Will we resolve our legal issues during the class?
- This class is focused on teaching you skills, not resolving your legal issues. The best antidote for chronic legal problems with a co-parent is often (not always) learning to have a more colla