The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 9, 2013

Parenting through divorce class slated

Enid News & Eagle

— Divorcing parents often are faced with many new problems during a 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 Feb. 18, 2013. The class will be 6-9 p.m. at Northwest Technology Center, southwest of Fairview.

To enroll, call (580) 744-1248. 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 practice workable negotiation styles for dealing with conflict and rules for effective expressions.

Recognizing and avoiding pain games is another topic of consideration. Parents will learn to recognize and cease games likely to hurt the children.

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

In 2013, the Parenting Through Separation and Divorce Class will be taught monthly on the third Monday rotating sites as follows:

Feb. 18 – Fairview; March 18 – Cherokee; April 15 – Alva; May 20 – Fairview; June 17 – Cherokee; July 15 – Alva; Aug. 19 – Fairview; Sept. 16 – Cherokee; Oct. 21 – Alva; Nov. 18 – Fairview; Dec. 16 –  Cherokee.