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Judge Laura B. Smith, Domestic Relations
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Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce: 5 Steps to Prevent Divorce Abuse
Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce (introductory letter)

Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce: 5 Steps to Prevent Divorce Abuse is a video-based seminar focusing on divorce abuse prevention. The seminar explores the issues associated with divorce through a format that incorporates skill development and application as well as small and large group discussion. It provides parents with the skills necessary to make child-focused decisions. Parents learn that their behaviors and choices will determine how their child will ultimately adjust to the divorce. This seminar is designed to educate parents about childrenís issues in divorce, including the need to value their co-parent and to understand the importance of communication between homes. The seminar is suited for parents and guardians who have filed for a divorce. It is used for court-mandated seminars focusing on childrenís issues and family separation.

The Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce seminar benefits children by:
• Reducing their symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
• Diminishing their sense of being caught in loyalty binds
• Creating a more relaxed home environment, allowing for easier adjustment
• Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in their lives
• Enhancing their confidence and self-esteem by creating an
  optimal environment for growth

The Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce seminar benefits parents by:
• Alerting them to the emotional abuse associated with family separation
• Teaching effective communication and conflict-resolution skills
• Helping them recognize the bond a child has with both parents
• Fostering sensitivity to their childís needs
• Focusing on present child-rearing issues rather than on past marital issues

Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce: 5 Steps to Prevent Divorce Abuse promotional flyer

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is a sixteen hour video-based program that helps parents learn to shield their children from parental conflict while establishing a positive, long-term relationship with the child's other parent. This program is designed to be the "next step" of parent education for divorcing parents beyond the mandatory seminar.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits parents by:
• Educating parents on the impact their conflict has on their children
• Explaining childrenís issues in divorce
• Teaching parents the practical skills they need to manage anger,
   increase impulse control, resolve conflict and talk to each other without arguing

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce also gives real-life examples and worksheets to enable parents to practice and develop their skills at home.

This sixteen hour program will be offered in eight consecutive, two hour sessions, and will be offered three times in a calendar year.

Session Breakdown:
• Chapter 1 - Child-Focused or Out of Focus: Commitment to Caring
• Chapter 2 - Plan for Peace or Tug of War: Allowing My Child to Love
   Both Parents
• Chapter 3 - Letting Go or Holding On: Changing My Long-Term Role
• Chapter 4 - Make It Better or Keep It Bitter: Choosing My Personal Path
• Chapter 5 - Neither Fight nor Take Flight: Managing My Anger
• Chapter 6 - Defuse or Light the Fuse: Taking Control of Conflict
• Chapter 7 - All a Winner or Winner Take All: Negotiating Agreements
• Chapter 8 - Cooperation or Conflict: Co-Parenting Is Forever

Cooperative Parenting is also an evidence based curriculum based on "what works."

• Divorced/Separated Parents in Conflict: Results from a
   True Experiment Effect of a Court Mandated Parent Education Program      
•  Increasing Cooperation Between Divorced Parents: A Program Evaluation

Class Location
All classes are held at Fairfield County Job and Family Services, 239 West Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130. Directions can be found here.

Upcoming Class Schedule
Notice To Participants: Scheduled program dates will occur unless a level 2 or level 3 snow emergency is in effect for Fairfield County or you are otherwise contacted by the instructor.

Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce: 5 Steps to Prevent Divorce Abuse Classes:
One time, four hour mandatory seminar

Saturday, July 2, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday, July 11, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday, July 25, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, July 30, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Classes:
4 four hour sessions

To Be Announced

Information and Registration
For more information or to register for a class, please contact Jason Condrac, Crossroads Program Facilitator, at (740) 438-5424 or fairfieldrtc@yahoo.com.
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