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January 19, 2013

Parenting through divorce class slated

Divorcing parents often are faced with many new problems during this difficult time for the family.

Although their marriage is ending, their role as parents continues throughout their lives. To make this transition easier, Northwest Family Services Inc. staff member Amber Maier, MS, LPC, will teach the Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class 6-9 p.m. Monday.

The class will be at Northwest Family Services office, 620 Flynn, in Alva. To enroll, contact Maier at (580) 327-2900 or email amber@northwestfamily.net.

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

Class members also will discuss various options for parenting, such as joint custody and mediation.

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