Impact 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.
Interactive Online Class
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.
Impact Parent Education for Separated and Divorcing Parents - IPE
Impact Parent Education is held the first Saturday of every month, with exception of holidays, at the Hibbing Grace Lutheran Church, 4010 9th Ave. West, in Hibbing, MN from 9:00a.m. - 1:00 p.m. No child care, snacks or beverages are provided. Children are not allowed in the building during the class. Please bring pencils, pen and paper for notetaking. Only registered parents are allowed to attend.
Parents must have an available working email address to receive class materials and their Certificate of Completion upon completion of the course. While all required topics are covered in the four hours, reading of the Parent Handbook is an important part of the course. A brief evaluation form that requires reading portions of the Parent Handbook is also required so parents are encouraged to review the many other topics covered in the handbook and resources.
Safety Notice: If there is an Order for Protection in place, it is your responsibility to provide that information at the time of registration. Mediation Works North is not responsible for your safety. If there are safety concerns, it is your responsibility to be vigilant.
Registration: Pre-registration is required. If you are registering late, you can pay for the class at the door as long as you call in advance. Early registration is strongly recommended. Payment can be made at the time of the class or by credit card through this website. Credit cards cannot be accepted on site. All payment must be cash, money order or pre-registered with credit card payment.
Please attend the Impact Parent Education program not because of a court order, but because it is a resource for you to help your children through the challenges ahead. Even if your case settles before the class is completed, what you learn can prevent the need for future litigation by improving the working dynamics between parents. Impact Parent Education is very helpful before mediation session or an ENE process.
You will receive a Parent Handbook and other resources shortly after registration by email. If you do not receive them before the class, please contact by phone or email. You will receive 2 email reminders before the class.
The Parent Education Handbook and Additional Resources:
In order to keep the lecture time limited to four hours, reading of the Parent Handbook is an important part of the course. The Parent Handbook provides you with additional information and covers each topic in greater detail. The online class is no longer available, because this class format provided parents with the opportunity for asking questions and offering discussion. Many parents did not have adequate speed connections. There are anytime online classes available, but parents were telling us they required a great deal of time to find each screen, view all the videos, and were sometimes frustrated with working through the numerous test questions. The traditional class we provide can screen for understanding through question forums and discussion. Impact Parent Education is interactive; but the handbook provides parents time to process. The parent handbook also can be consulted when co-parenting challenges arise throughout the years children are growing up.
Certificate of Completion: Certificates of Completion are electronically delivered within 48 hours of completion of the evaluation form.
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Fees are necessary to pay for costs of providing the program to parents. We know litigation is expensive. Education in divorce, custody or parenting time disputes is critical in reducing costs and helps parents be better prepared in working with their attorney and the courts. More importantly, parent education is critical in reducing effects of divorce and separation on children. Your contribution ensures that every parent receives quality education alternatives. Thank you for your support.
- $80 per registrant
- Reduced Fee: $50 per parent/participant. Reduced fees MUST be pre-approved prior to registration (see Note on Fee Waivers below). Once approved by telephone, you may use the registration form below to register. Please contact us before registering. 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 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 $15 refund fee
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 (please indicate traditional or online) you want to attend; 4) Please include your address. Click the payment button when completed.
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, address, phone and email must be filled out before registration can continue. If the payee is not the participant (someone is paying for the class for you), please indicate that so I am clear on who the registrant is. 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!