Impact-based Parent Education - for Separate Parenting and Divorce

Healthy Parenting PhotoImpact Parent Education (IPE) wants to impact you!  We want to help you improve your ability to work with the other parent more effectively for the sake of your children.  Being friends is not necessary. Some of the suggestions we provide work even with minimum contact situations. 

Children are deeply affected when parents fight.  They are deeply affected if parents are not able to communicate effectively.  They are deeply affected if there is no continuity between the two households.

Do you want to be impacted in your ability to co-parent?  We will teach you some steps to effectively co-parent, and it might be less difficult than you think.

Court-ordered parent education course

Our program meets the requirements for court-ordered parent education in cases of:

  • Separating parents
  • Divorcing parents
  • Parents affected by paternity actions
  • Grandparents taking on the role of parenting

This program is often taken by parents voluntarily, without being ordered by the court.

Impact Parent Education (IPE) for Separate Parenting and Divorce meets all requirements for court ordered online parent education (Minnesota Statute 518.157) and is approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court for online delivery. We also have traditional classes available to parents.

Interactive Online Classes

All the convenience of an online course
with the benefits of a traditional class.

Impact Parent Education (IPE) is delivered in a safe, online format, meaning you can attend the program from the convenience of your home or location of choice. It is an interactive live facilitated class. Using your computer and an internet connection, you’ll meet with a trained facilitator online along with other parents to join in discussion, view videos on relevant topics and study and learn together under the guidance of a trained individual.  (See "Who We Are" for the professional bio of the faciliator.)

Unlike any other online class, you’ll have the advantage of asking questions in real-time. Step-parents, grand-parents or any other individuals involved in the lives of your children are encouraged to view the lectures with you and read the class materials and resources. (In respect for registered participants, we request that guests not formally registered not take part in the interactive parts of class discussions.)

Topic Content:

For the wise use of your time and in order to keep the lecture time limited to four hours, reading the Parent Handbook is an important part of the course. The Parent Handbook provides you with additional information on each topic. The lecture provides an overview of each required topic and the opportunity to ask the facilitator questions and provide you with support. Impact online is done in two, two hour lectures with a 15 minute per lecture question and answer segment. Class lectures are held at 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. All class materials and the Certificate of Completion are delivered electronically and no printing is required.  No special equipment is needed other than an adequate internet connection, a desktop or laptop computer (an IPhone or IPad does not have software to handle the program and data usage is extensive). No webcam is needed.  No special microphone device required.  Parents hear the facilitator, but they use a chat box similar to texting to converse with the facilitator. Parents respond favorably to the interactive online format.  It is convenient and easy to attend.

How to Join the Session: Participating in your scheduled program is easy. You will receive an e-mail with your registration details and a link for you to click on to join the session. Follow the easy prompts. We’ll see you online!

Upcoming Schedule. 



Lecture 1

5:45-8:00 p.m.

"All About the Kids"

Lecture 2

5:45-8:00 p.m.

"Parenting Time Scheduling and Resource Application"


Both lectures required for completion of course             


July 2014

July 29

July 30

 Registration closes July 28 @ 7:00 p.m. Please register for August

August 2014

 August 26

 August 27

 Registration Open

Course Fees

  1. Standard Fee: $88 per parent/participant.
  2. Reduced Fee: $50 per parent/participant. For persons who qualify, a reduced fee is offered. Reduced fees MUST be pre-approved prior to registration (see Note on Fee Waivers below). Once approved, you may use the registration form below to register. Please contact us for consideration. Further negotiation of reduced fees may be considered for special circumstances.

Note on Fee Waivers: According to Minnesota Statutes 518.517 Subd. 6. Fee "Each person who attends a parent education program shall pay a fee to defray the cost of the program… Program providers shall implement a sliding fee scale"  A court based reimbursement program is not available so we are not obligated to waive fees, but we will in special circumstances where a parent is unable to pay even a reduced fee.  We are under statute required to provide for a sliding fee.  Fee reduction is not available with a privately retained attorney. A signed In Forma Pauperis order is required for all Fee Waivers.

Registration for online course: 

Register for one of the upcoming courses using our online registration process. Please provide: 1) the Participant's Name, 2) Phone and e-Mail Address, and 3) the date of the lecture you want to attend. Click the payment button. Payment is processed through the safety of PayPal.  You can use your own credit card to pay.  You do not need a PayPal account to register or pay online. Your name, phone and email must be filled out before registration can continue. Thank you for considering our Impact Based Parent Education Program. I look forward to working with you.

If you have questions or problems with the online payment site, please contact us. We can pre-register you by telephone as well. Thank you!

Fee Option (see rules on fee reduction)
Participant Name
Participant Phone
Participant Email
Start Date (See Schedule Above)

Computer and Technical Requirements

All you need to participate in this program is a computer with audio and a high-speed internet connection (dial-up service and slow satellite connections will not work). Since all communication is through e-mail, you will need a working email address. You do not need a printer. The Adobe Connect software that provides the program does not work on an IPad.  Cell phones will not work.  Be aware that there is substantial download of videos with the program.  Please call if you have questions.  The Parent Handbook provided upon registration explains any other technical information that may be helpful.  You are provided with a special web link to attend the class which will be provided to you before the class date.  We also encourage step-parents to sit in on the lectures. Grandparents with substantial contact with grandchildren may also attend with the registered parent. Certification is provided to the registered parent only.

More Information


Mediation Works North Inc
4010 9th Ave W
Hibbing, MN 55746
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(218) 263-7307

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Court-Approved Education
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