Divorcing Parents Seminar

Divorce and separation is a process that is difficult and life changing for the whole family. The Family Center provides a one-time four-hour seminar, which teaches divorcing, separating, and never-married parents ways to minimize the negative impact of divorce or separation on children ages birth to 18 years. In a warm, open and caring environment, the program also promotes self-reflection and an increased understanding of feelings of grief and loss that so often accompany the divorce process. Techniques for navigating the legal implications such as mediation, child support, and visitation arrangements are also addressed. Master’s level mental health professionals lead this nationally recognized program.

Payment of $45 must be made at the time of registration for our Murfreesboro location. You may register and pay online with a credit card or at our office with cash or money order at least 48 hours in advance of the seminar date. No checks accepted. Seminars do fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that divorcing parents will not be permitted to attend the same seminar.

Seminar Location

Murfreesboro
115 Heritage Park Dr.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
 
 

Seminar Schedule

 
Murfreesboro - Saturday, April 22, 2017 (9am-1pm)    Registration Closed
 
 
Murfreesboro - Saturday, May 13, 2017 (9am-1pm)
Murfreesboro - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (5pm-9pm)
 
 
Murfreesboro - Saturday, June 3, 2017 (9am-1pm)
Murfreesboro - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (5pm-9pm)
Murfreesboro - Saturday, June 24, 2017 (9am-1pm)
 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I register online?

  • Unless additional information is needed, your registration is complete and the Parent Education Coordinators will not need to contact you.

  • If additional information is needed, expect a call from the Parent Education Coordinator to confirm registration details.

Do I need to have my docket number?

  • We do not require that information.

Do I need to arrive early?

  • You will need to arrive 10 minutes early to your class location.

Do you provide childcare?

  • We are unable to provide childcare at this time, and do not allow children in the classroom.

What happens if I am late?

  • At The Family Center, we understand that life has its challenges.  We keep the door open until 10 minutes after class starts.  If you arrive after class has been in session for 10 minutes, please call our office to explore your options.  Click here for contact information.

What if I cannot make it to the seminar I registered for?

  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your registration, please call The Family Center at least 1 business day before the scheduled class. If we do not receive adequate notice, there will be a $10 rescheduling fee.

Will my certificate be accepted in surrounding counties outside of the class location?

  • The Divorcing Parents Seminar provided by The Family Center is accepted by most courts, but it is advised that you check with your particular party before registering.

What do I need to bring to class?

  • The Family Center provides all class materials. You are welcome to bring snacks/drinks.

What happens to classes on days/evenings of inclement weather?

  • The Family Center follows public school closures (Murfreesboro City in Rutherford County, Metro Nashville Public Schools in Davidson County). However, if conditions have changed from the time of cancellation to your respective class, please call The Family Center and listen to the voicemail recording. The Family Center will give plenty of notice as to whether class will be held or not.
     

How can divorce affect children?

  • Even in the most amicable of divorces, children are going through a massive life change that can impact them no matter their age. For the young child, divorce can disrupt their need for trust and dependence in their parents, causing them to feel insecure and unstable in their relationships with their parents.  While for the adolescent - it can accelerate their independence - causing an aggressive response.
     

What is the purpose of the seminar and what is the format?

  • Our seminar will seek to teach parents skills to effectively guide their children through the transition of family change in a way that is the healthiest for the entire family. We focus on getting kids through their grief process and effective co-parenting techniques - which is the best way to get kids through the transition.  But parents will also learn what to do if your co-parent is unwilling to cooperate or if you have difficulty communicating with each other about your children. At the seminar, participants will connect with other parents in similar circumstances.  Share stories, brainstorm solutions or just offer support to each other.

     

Positive Parenting

Parenting is a beautiful, joyful job. It can also be a job full of challenge and worry. The way we parent our children moment to moment, day-to-day has a huge impact on a child’s future behavior and health. Despite this fact, very few parents receive training for the most important job they will ever have—being a parent. Every parent can benefit from attending a parenting class.

The Family Center’s eight-week class is designed for parents and caregivers of children, using the research-based program Nurturing Parenting©. Parents come together to share experiences and discuss a variety of topics including child development, understanding and managing children's behavior, self-esteem, communication, child safety, stress management, and parenting styles. Master’s-level staff with expertise in child development and parenting teach these classes. The Family Center strives to partner with parents and provides a warm, open, fun and interactive learning experience that empowers parents to have strong, healthy relationships with their children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Class Schedule

 
Monday 6:00-7:30pm in Murfreesboro-  Compatible Learning Element provided for children between 2-8 years.
       **Parents must pre-register their children.
Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm in Nashville
Thursday 6:00-7:30pm in Murfreesboro
Saturday 10:30-12:00pm in Smyrna
 
*Please note that attendance may not be spread out among multiple locations. Participants must choose 1 location to start and complete their classes.
 

Sign up for Positive Parenting Class  

This project is funded by the state of Tennessee

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I register online?

  • Our Parent Education Coordinators will contact you to discuss the details of getting started in the program

What happens if I am late?

  • At The Family Center, we understand that life has its challenges.  We keep the door open until 10 minutes after class starts.  If you arrive after class has been in session for 10 minutes, please call our office to explore your options.  Click here for contact information.

Do you have childcare?

  • Please contact us regarding available childcare.

Do I need to attend all sessions to receive a certificate?

  • All Positive Parenting class sessions must be attended within 16 weeks in order to obtain a certificate. Divorcing Parents is a one session class.

Can I attend multiple sessions per week at different locations to graduate sooner?

  • All sessions must be attended at the same location. One class per week.

What are the costs for the program?

  • Program fees are based on a sliding scale in Davidson County.

  • Classes are offered free of charge in Rutherford County.

What do I need to bring to class?

  • Due to funding requirements, The Family Center is required to document household income for Positive Parenting participants. Please bring documents that verify this information such as paystubs, government benefit letters, tax returns, etc.

Is this program accepted by courts and DCS?

  • The Positive Parenting program is accepted by both the Courts and DCS. In order for The Family Center to release information to any outside entities, though, we do require that participants sign a release of information for their attorneys, caseworkers, etc. A release of information is given to every new client at their first session.

What happens to classes on days/evenings of inclement weather?

  • The Family Center follows public school closures (Murfreesboro City in Rutherford County, Metro Nashville Public Schools in Davidson County). However, if conditions have changed from the time of cancellation to your respective class, please call The Family Center and listen to the voicemail recording. The Family Center will give plenty of notice as to whether class will be held or not.

Nurturing Home Program

The Nurturing Home Program supports families who are recipients of Families First Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits from the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Group-based parenting classes in combination with individualized home-based lessons help parents navigate parenting challenges and learn healthy, effective parenting skills for children birth to 11 years of age. Parents learn about child development, effective communication, understanding and managing children’s behavior, stress management, child safety, and developing healthy self-esteem. After receiving six weeks of group-based parent education, Family Counselors collaborate with parents one-on-one in their homes to address concerns and practice new skills.

Master’s-level staff with expertise in child development and parenting conducts classes and home-visits. In both settings, The Family Center staff provides a warm, open, fun and interactive learning experience that empowers parents to have strong, healthy relationships with their children. 

This project is funded by the state of Tennessee

To apply for Families First Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, visit their website here or visit their offices:

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
1035 14th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
615-327-9400
http://mwchc.org
 

Community Education

The Family Center staff is passionate about helping professionals and the public understand the vast and devastating effects of child abuse and neglect so they too can empower parents to create safe, stable and nurturing relationships. Currently, The Family Center works closely with the Metro Nashville Public School System to train school faculty and staff.

Topics include

  • Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Trauma and Brain Development
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Understanding the link between child maltreatment and social, emotional, and physical health problems
  • Helping Parents Create Safe, Stable and Nurturing Relationships