Online Parent Education for Minnesota Families in Transition

Healthy Parenting PhotoImpact Parent Education (IPE) for Separated and Divorcing Parents is designed to change your outlook on co-parenting. It is designed to help you improve your ability to work with the other parent more effectively for the sake of your children.  Being friends with the other parent, while nice, is not necessary for effective co-parenting. Through Impact Parent Education, you will learn ways to effectively communicate even when things are tense; steps to joint problem-solving; learn ways to improve co-parenting skills; learn what factual data you will need to gather in divorce; learn about the roles of attorneys, courts, and others that may be involved in a divorce action; find out what other resources are available from other sources; and many other topics that may be relevant to you; but most importantly, how divorce and separation impacts children and ways to lessen effects. 

Children are deeply affected when parents remain in conflict over divorce, custody and parenting time.  It is frequently the case that parents begin to work more effectively once the litigation process is over.  However, 10-12 percent of parents remain in conflict over their children regardless of preventive resources, such as parent education and mediation.  Courts are designed to resolve the legal issues; however, courts and the legal system is not designed to resolve or better the working dynamics between parents.  On the contrary, legal processes are adversarial by nature, and can increase the tension and create lack of trust between parents.  Parent education and mediation are designed to help parents work through the issues and stay in control of the decisions that impact the family as a whole, the children and the parents.  Parent education is designed to keep parents informed about the roles of courts and attorneys, what resources are available for them, and how to lessen effects on their children.

There are protective factors you can provide for your children: develop respectful and effective communication processes; develop a parenting time schedule that works for both parents and your children; learn ways to flex around your schedule while still maintaining stability; and building continuity between the two households.

Impact Parent Education will provide you with ideas and tools to build a more effective and peaceful co-parenting relationship.  Impossible you say? It might be less difficult than you think.

Court-ordered parent education

Impact Parent Education for Separated and Divorcing Parents is appropriate for:

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

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 also for online delivery.

Online Parent Education for Separated and Divorcing Parents:

This course is approved across the State of Minnesota and meets the minimum 4 hour requirement for online parent education.  Here are a few of the responses from parents that have completed the course.

"When I started this course, I did not know what to expect. Fortunately, you held my attention throughout the course because a lot of the topics covered made a lot of sense and there was the human factor that you passed across to me. It was not robotic or monotonous. I greatly enjoyed the course and learned a lot from it. Thank you."

"The modules were very informative. They were easy to listen. I think you give a lot of great advice. It doesn't have to be hard if you just follow some of the advice." 

"Course Eval: The modules were very informative. The course was very easy to listen to. I liked the inclusion of the videos and the parent handbook (I have it saved so I can reread it or refer back to in when necessary). I like the option to take the course online, I was able to pause and return when necessary. One thing that impacted my thinking about co-parenting was how you stressed the fact that I can control my own feelings, actions and reactions. My situation does have a history of abuse and often during interactions, my ex will begin to yell and pace or stand over me for intimidation. I plan to utilize sitting for conversations about our child and lowering my voice when he begins to yell. Thank you for a helpful and informational course."

The modules are accessible 24/7 once the links are received in a welcome email.  All that is needed is email address so access weblinks can be provided along with additional helpful resources for you and reasonable internet speeds capable of viewing short video content. Convenient registration process is below along with credit card payment options.  The online course is available for only $50.

Parenting time scheduling and communication might be easier than you think when provided the right information to help you succeed.


If you are going through parenting time, custody or divorce disputes, please take the Impact Parent Education Class not because of a court order; please take it for the sake of your children.

Traditional Parent Education for Separated and Divorcing Parents

Traditional Class: The course is offered on a limited basis and must have a minimum of 4 participants to be provided. Traditional course fees are $80 and a Reduced Fee of $50 is available for low income parents.  Impact Parent Education can be provided by appointment upon request.  Cost is $175 by appointment.

Certificate of Completion: Certificates of Completion are electronically delivered within 48 hours of completion of the course.

Next Traditional Class. 



Location - Traditional Classes

Dec. 3 2015

Tuesday, 5:45-9:00 p.m.

Hibbing Grace Lutheran - 4010 9th Ave. West, Hibbing, MN 55746 - Pre-Registration Required

Course Fees

  1. $50 per parent for online - payment by credit card below - drop down menu using the $50 option.
  2. $80 per parent for traditional class (cost is more for traditional due to higher costs for facilitation).
  3. ** $50 per parent for traditional class (reduced fee waiver) — pre-approval only. Please contact us before registering under a reduced fee status.

Note on Reduced 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 cannot maintain the program on waived fees, but we do further reduce or even waive fees if a parent has extreme hardship.  We cannot waive or reduce fees when a parent is represented by a privately retained attorney.

Refunds: There is a $10 refund fee to cover costs of credit card processing.


Register for one of the upcoming courses using our online registration process. Please provide: 1) Your name as spelled on your case file so the Certificate of Completion is made out in the correct name 2) Phone number and e-Mail Address and 3) course option (traditional or online) 4) your address. Click the payment button when completed.

Payment is processed through the safety of PayPal. If the credit card used is not the name of the parent attending the course please make note of that during registration. This is important so the Certificate of Completion is made out in the correct name. Be sure to provide a valid email address in order to receive course resources and access web links. Thank you for registering.  Office hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday for questions regarding the course.  If you have questions please contact us.  Thank you!

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

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