Judges & Attorneys

Dear Judiciary and Members of the Texas Bar: 

It is our pleasure to provide you with the following courtesies and documentation regarding The ONLINE Texas Cooperative Parenting Course. 

Would you like to preview the course? 

If you are a judge, attorney, mediator, caseworker, social service provider, counselor, therapist, or any other official who works to benefit children, please contact us for a complimentary enrollment at no charge. Please call Joan Norton at 512. 963.0163, or email joan@txparent.com. All we need is your email address and occupation to enroll you.

Need Brochures for Your Office? 

We will send you informational brochures at no charge to hand out to your clients or litigants. You can choose either English or Spanish. We usually send them out in packets of 25, 50, or 100.

Just call and tell us how many you would like. Telephone (512) 963.0163 Monday – Friday during business hours, or email joan@txparent.com anytime 24/7. Please specify your mailing address, and we will send them out right away.

Does your city or town need better access to Parent Education classes? 

Be sure to copy and share our link The ONLINE Texas Cooperative Parenting Course and let people know about us! Online parent education is a great option for many busy parents juggling multiple responsibilities.  

 Class Facts for Judges:

We are aware that some “online” parenting classes are merely WORD documents delivered to participants via the internet. Our course is different. We offer a fully-developed curriculum that is professionally produced and delivered in Macromedia Flash via a robust Learning Management System. You can be confident the participant has gained useful knowledge because:

  • Validation Questions authenticate the user
  • Mandatory Interactivity — No surfing the internet during the class
  • Texas-specific training and resources are relevant and immediately useful to parents
  • We’re the ONLY online parenting class written by licensed therapists at a Texas Domestic Relations Office
  • 4-full hours; Satisfies all requirements of TEX. FAM. CODE 105.009, Parent Education & Family Stabilization Course
  • Same curriculum as the classroom version offered in Austin, Texas 

Confidential and Private.

Full Course Access Available Upon Request.

Course Objectives:

Participants will Learn:

  • How Divorce Impacts the Family & Ways to Help their Children Recover
  • Ways to Restructure the Relationship from “Husband” and “Wife” to “Co-Parents”
  • Positive Co-Parenting Strategies for Raising Well-Adjusted Children in 2 Homes
  • Skills to Communicate Effectively, End Conflict, and Manage Anger
  • Where to Find Additional Resources

The objectives are:

  • To provide information that helps parents understand the effects of separation/divorce on children.
  • To raise awareness of the need for on-going, meaningful relationships between children and both parents following family break-up.
  • To promote positive parenting practices aimed at helping children’s healthy adjustment and development during and after divorce.
  • To promote cooperative, shared parenting between separated, divorced, or never-married parents.

Please consider listing this course on your Website as an important resource for parents.

Course Contents: 

Module #1: Parents, Children, & the Court

Focuses on the benefits of ongoing, meaningful relationships between child and both parents; addresses some of the realities of the court’s involvement in the lives of the parents, and also the limits of litigation and court intervention. Seeks to encourage mediation and compromise.

Module #2: Positive Co-Parenting

Addresses many of the challenges facing children in “families apart.” Parents discuss ways that children are “put in the middle” and exchange strategies for easing children’s stress and anxiety.

Module #3: Child Development

Examines ways that children are affected by family break-up and ongoing parental conflict at different stages and ages. Small-group discussions allow parents to share concerns and suggestions with others who have children of similar ages.

Module #4: Communication

Addresses the need for ongoing communication between parents, but on new terms. Discussions center around support and boundaries, as well as what relationships are beneficial to you and your child.

Module #5: Conflict Resolution

Examines strategies for tackling communication barriers and provides tips for resolving conflicts between parents. Exercises allow you to address difficulties between you and the co-parent.

Module #6: Anger Management

Focuses on positive and negative aspects of anger and how to best respond to those feelings. Discussions surround anger awareness and alternative techniques for processing feelings and behaviors.

Module #7: Facts About Family Violence and Abuse

Raises awareness of the federal and Texas laws preventing family violence and child and family member abuse. Provides information about hotlines and resources to address these issues.

Module #8 Financial Responsibilities of Parenting

A discussion of the issues surrounding the financial support of children including budgeting ideas and the role of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

 Experts Say:

  • “Children deserve a stable, loving, and nurturing home. When parents cannot resolve their differences or are in high conflict with one another, the children are the ones who feel that tension, are frightened by it, and feel unstable, concerned, and stressed. Those feelings make it difficult for children to do their jobs, which are to do good in school, do their chores at home, make friends, have fun at play, and feel safe. Therefore, it goes without saying that our children  …are better off when parents can figure out how to cooperate with each other in parenting decisions.” –Judge Darlene Byrne, 126th District Court
  • “The curriculum from which this course is based is an excellent source of help and information for any family going through the pains of separation, divorce, or any other family law matter involving conflict. I highly recommend that all professionals, elected officials, and social service providers make this course available to anyone needing help.”  –Scot M. Doyal, J.D., President, Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices


 

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