A Level 2 (Advanced) Class
This ten-hour class is an intensive skill-building program that is completed in three sessions. It is adapted from an established program in southern California and based on the book by Dr. Shirley Thomas, Parents Are Forever: A Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming Successful Coparents After Divorce. It is an advanced class for divorced or separated parents who have difficulty communicating and reaching agreements about their children. The class emphasizes communication and problem-solving skills in a small group format. This class takes the information taught in Level 1 coparenting classes to the next level by teaching the communication skills that are known to lead to conflict resolution and mutual agreements.
Parents who complete the program will learn the skills that will enable them to:
Make polite requests and responses
De-escalate angry interactions
Take time-out from conflict
Use reflective listening
Commit to peaceful coparenting
Keep children out of the middle
Acknowledge each other's strengths
Interact with manners
Maintain a business-like relationship
How to parallel parent
Level 2 Coparenting classes may be court-ordered or voluntarily attended.
Coparents attend the same classes together.
A graduation certificate is awarded if attendance, participation, and homework are satisfactorily completed.
Cost of the class is $400.00 per person, which includes ten hours of class time, a class notebook, and graduation certificate.
The book, "Parents are Forever," by Shirley Thomas, PhD, will need to be purchased separately. It is available for download at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for 99 cents, or may be purchased in paperback for less than $5.00 on either website. The book should be purchased and in hand before the first class. If necessary, some books are available on loan.
Minimum class size: 6 participants (classes will be cancelled if we do not have at least 6 participants signed up one week prior to the first class.)
All classes are offered on Wednesday evenings, 5:00-8:30 pm, except last class which ends at 8:00 pm.
Call Office Manager at 970-207-0278 or email her at Office.KathleenMcNamaraPhD@gmail.com for more information about the Fort Collins classes taught by Dr. McNamara.
Fort Collins Classes- 2020
February 12, 19, 26
April 1, 8, 15
June 3, 10, 26
August 5, 12, 26
October 7, 14, 28
Location: Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526- Sand Lilly Room
Fort Collins Instructor: Kathleen McNamara, PhD
Fort Collins Class Administrator: Office Manager