Parents recently deployed, separated, divorcing, or facing family changes find this class helps them better understand their child’s developmental needs and learn co-parenting skills that will guide families through times of transition.
Changes are difficult, and separation often brings feelings of loss and grief… especially for children. That’s why it’s so important to understand that effective co-parenting promotes children’s self-esteem and resiliency as they grow!
Divorcing or Separating Parents:
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 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.
Please note that divorcing parents will not be permitted to attend the same seminar.
115 Heritage Park Dr.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
*We do not offer this class in Davidson County
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 Co-Parenting 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.