Cooperative Parenting & Divorce Course
Family relationships do not disappear when couples end their partnership. For the sake of their children, parents must continue to communicate with each other in matters of child-rearing. The parents' behavior greatly affects how well a child adapts to the new family structure.
Unrelenting parental conflict harms children. It is the single most important predictor of poor adjustment in children following a divorce.
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is an educational program designed to teach parents to recognize their own harmful behaviors and provide the skills to change. The overall goal of Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is to give children the opportunity to grow in a home environment without being caught in the middle of parental conflict.
More and more judges are aware that parental conflict puts children at risk of harm and are insisting that parents learn skills to reduce children's exposure to parental conflict and avoid unnecessary litigation. This course is one of Bexar County's efforts to fill this need.
Who Should Attend:
- This program is available to parents who have volunteered or been ordered by the Court to attend Cooperative Parenting
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits children by:
- Reducing the child's symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
- Diminishing the child's sense of being caught in the middle
- Allowing the child to love both parents
- Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust more effectively
- Teaching effective communication and conflict-resolution skills as modeled by their parents
- Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child's life
About the Program
- Interactive group format
- Eight weekly 2-hour classes
- Safe environment - This is education, not group therapy, so you won't be talking about your "stuff."
- Offered at convenient hours for working parents - Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
- Reasonable cost (per person). For those ordered by the Bexar County courts to attend, fee is based on the participant's income, and ranges from $0 to $35 per session per parent, plus an intake fee that ranges from $0 to $65. [Fee Schedule here]. If not court-ordered to attend, and for those ordered by a court in a county other than Bexar, the cost is $35 for each of the eight sessions, plus $75 for the intake session.
How do I enroll?
Click HERE for instructions.