Impact-based Parent Education - for Separate Parenting and Divorce

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 Impact Parent Education Classes:

Online classes will be available by September 15, 2015.  I understand that it is difficult sometimes for parents to attend a class. Also, this course is approved across the State of Minnesota and the traditional class is limited to only one area.  While one may argue that you cannot replace the value of discussion and question and answers with a facilitator in a traditional class, but online classes also have strengths. Convenience and the opportunity to review more than once is important and not possible with a traditional course. With this online course, parents will 30 - 35 minute recorded modules and the course should require 4 hours or less. Parents will receive a viewing web link which can be viewed at the convenience of parents and can also be shared with a grandparent or step-parent.  Certification is provided to registered parents only.  Parents also receive a Parent E-Handbook and other resources that can also be shared.  Cost for the online course is $50, the same as the reduced fee for low income parents.  Please use the registration below, and be clear which option you are attending. Use the drop down menu and use the $50 option.


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 Impact Parent Education for Separated and Divorcing Parents - IPE

Impact Parent Education is held at the Hibbing Grace Lutheran Church, 4010 9th Ave. West, in Hibbing, MN  from 5:45- 9:30 p.m.  No child care, snacks or beverages are provided.  Children are not allowed in the building during the class.  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.  Reading of the Parent Handbook is an important part of the course, and the handbook provides you with expanded materials on many subjects. 

Safety Notice:  If there is an Order for Protection in place, your safety is your responsibility.  You may want to consider the online course if there is a risk of both of you attending the same traditional class.  If there are safety concerns, it is your responsibility to be vigilant. 

Registration:  Pre-registration is required.  Credit cards cannot be accepted on site and must be done through registration and payment process below.  If you do not have a credit card, cash payment can be accepted at the door if arranged in advance. A money order or certified bank check (you can go to your bank and receive a certified bank check for free) can also be mailed in. Please call the office at 218-263-7307.

A Parent Handbook and other resources will be emailed to you shortly after registration by email.  If you do not receive them before the class, please contact by phone or email.  You will receive an email reminder before the class. There is no printing required for any materials.

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

Traditional Class Schedule. 




Location - Traditional Classes

    5:45-9:15 p.m.
Hibbing Grace Lutheran Church, 4010 9th Ave. W. Hibbing, MN
Sept. 30, 2015


Wednesday, 5:45-9:15 p.m.

Hibbing Grace Lutheran - please pre-register at 218-263-7307 or use the register form below to pay by credit card

Nov., 2015


Tuesday, 5:45-9:15 p.m.

Hibbing Grace Lutheran - please pre-register at 218-263-7307 or use the register form below to pay by credit card

Date to be set, 2015


5:45-9:15 p.m.

Hibbing Grace Lutheran - please pre-register at 218-263-7307 or use the register form below to pay by credit card

Course Fees

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.

  1. $80 per parent for traditional class
  2. $50 per parent for online - payment by credit card below - drop down menu using the $50 option
  3. $50 reduced fee traditional class -pre-approval only. Please contact us before registering under a reduced fee status for the traditional course.

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 $10 refund fee once payment occurs


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 class (please indicate traditional or online) you want to attend; 4) Please include your address. Click the payment button when completed.

Online Registration:  Use the drop down menu for $50.  Be sure you clearly make note that it is your intent to take the online course.  The online course is not accessible until September 15, 2015.

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. Be sure to provide a valid email address that class materials and resources can be emailed to.

Thank you for considering our Impact Based Parent Education Program. I look forward to working with you.

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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