The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 13, 2012

Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class Monday night

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Divorcing parents often are faced with many new problems during this difficult time for the entire family.

Although their marriage is ending, their role as parents continues through their lives. To help make this transition easier, Northwest Family Services Inc. staff member Nicole Martens, M.S., LPC, will be teaching a Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class Monday night.

The class will be 6-9 p.m. at Northwest Technology Center southwest of Fairview. To enroll, call (580) 327-2900.

Participants must pre-enroll; the class will be canceled if there is inadequate pre-enrollment. Class costs $30 per person.

This class was designed at the request of the courts to help divorcing couples understand the problems their children may experience during and after a divorce or separation. It will fulfill the court order for all divorcing parents. Parents will learn skills to parent cooperatively, even though they are divorced.

In the class, parents will learn how to effectively communicate with their children and with their former spouse.

They will practice reflective listening skills and will study various active communication techniques and non-verbal communications. They also will practice workable negotiation styles for dealing with conflict and rules for effective expressions.

Recognizing and avoiding pain games that can hurt the children is another topic of discussion. Class members will discuss various options for parenting, such as joint custody and mediation.