Co-Parenting Seminar in Chesterfield
Spring Session Dates:
- January 21st
- February 25th
- March 18th
Divorce affects 1.5 million children per year, which means there’s a lot of experience out there you can learn from.
Join us at Thriveworks Chesterfield Two Parents, Two Homes seminar, a four-hour parenting class designed to minimize the emotional damage that parents cause to their children during and after a divorce. The seminar provides parents with the skills necessary to make child-focused decisions during this process and prepares you for the years to come.
This is an educational seminar that takes a look at separation and divorce through the eyes of children and is geared towards assisting caretakers in recognizing the important role they play in their child’s adjustment to this transition. This seminar is designed to educate parents about children’s issues in divorce as well as the need to value their co-parent and understand the importance of communication between homes.
We will also go over how to keep children out of the middle during custody, visitation and child support negotiations. As required by the Virginia Code, topics include the effects of separation or divorce on children, parenting responsibilities, conflict resolution and financial responsibilities.
Two Parents, Two Homes explores these issues by incorporating skill development and application along with small-group discussion. The seminar is suited for parents and guardians who have separated, are contemplating or have filed for a divorce. It is used where divorce education is mandated by the court, and is a good resource for any family involved in custody litigation.
The Thriveworks Chesterfield seminar is facilitated by Chelsi Simmons, LPC and Julie Wilcox, LCSW,both trained parent educators.
The Thriveworks Chesterfield coparenting seminar benefits children by:
- Reducing their symptoms of anxiety and depression as parental conflict decreases
- Diminishing their sense of being caught in loyalty binds
- Creating a more relaxed home environment, allowing for easier adjustment
- Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in their lives
- Decreasing the incidence of behavioral problems frequently linked to the stress associated with divorce
The Thriveworks Chesterfield coparenting seminar benefits parents by:
- Alerting them to the emotional and behavioral reactions typical of divorcing families
- Avoidance of the use of manipulation and control around personal, social and financial issues
- Teaching effective communication and conflict-resolution skills
- Helping them recognize the bond that a child has with both parents
- Focusing on present child-rearing issues rather than on past marital issues
This seminar will guide parents through the following steps designed to prevent to keep children from being caught in between.
Step 1: Allow your child to love and spend time with both parents
Step 2: Work on your own healing
Step 3: Create new, healthy communication patterns
Step 4: Develop a new role as co-parent
The Virginia Code
This class meets the parent education guidelines developed by the Supreme Court of Virginia — the Virginia Code requiring “natural or adoptive parents, or anyone with a legitimate interest of a child or children whose custody, visitation or support is contested” to attend a parent education seminar before their court appearance. Unless ordered by a judge, participants are asked to not to attend the same session with the other party in the dispute. You must bring a photo ID.
Please Arrive Early
- 12:30 p.m. — Seminar begins
- 1:30 p.m. — 15-minute break
- 2:45 p.m. — 15-minute break
- 4:15 – 4:30 p.m. — Q&A session
- 4:30 p.m. — Certificates distributed
Please arrive by 12:15 p.m. on the day of class so that you can be signed in, seated and provided a receipt for payment. It is important that you arrive on time (if not early) to the seminar. Because Virginia mandates that the entire four hours be completed, we are unable to provide certification of completion for those who arrive after 12:30 p.m. This does not apply for self-referred individuals (those coming to the seminar not seeking certification), but we do ask that you arrive on time out of respect for the parent educator and fellow participants.
This seminar is only available to adults 18 years of age and older. Please make childcare arrangements prior to attendance.
We will take your registration over the phone. Please call 804-419-4122 to speak to a friendly member of our scheduling team.
The class fee is $50 for a court ordered individual and $60 for a court ordered couple. For those who are self-referring for the class, we are happy to discuss class enrollment fees.
We accept most major credit cards. No cash or checks accepted. We regret that we are unable to accept personal checks. If you choose to pay cash on the date of the seminar, please bring exact change.
After you have completed the class, you will receive a certificate of completion that serves as proof that you have completed the class. In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend the entire fourhour seminar — no exceptions. Please keep this certificate in a safe place as there is a $10 fee for replacement certificates.
We are looking forward to meeting you and providing you with an informative and enjoyable learning experience. Drinks and light refreshments will be served, but feel free to bring your own snacks.