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General Information

This four-hour educational program is for divorcing parents and focuses on the needs of children. Required for both parents by the Deschutes county Courts, the seminar is taught by a team of mental health professionals. Registration for the seminar is to be completed within 15 days of recieving notice of the educational requirement. the seminar is open to all parents regardless of where they live.

We know that divorce may create short and long-term struggles for children. We now also know that parents' actions and decisions have much to do with children's adjustment to divorce. The seminar focuses on children's needs throughout the divorce process and gives parents specific information and guidelines to follow to help meet those needs.

Topics Include

  • Possible short & long-term effects of divorce on children
  • The divorce/grief process for children & parents
  • Expected changes in parent/child relationships
  • Cooperative parenting
  • Recommendations for residential schedules
  • Placing children "in the middle"
  • Community Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Who takes this class?
This one-time, four-hour seminar is for parents who are divorcing, separating, or petitioning for child-related issues. This seminar is required for both parents by the Deschutes County courts. Although it is court-mandated for most parents that attend, anyone may register for this class.

Why do I have to take this class?
Classes like these have been widely successful across the nation at reducing conflict between parents. Less conflict means less litigation, saving parents more money in the long run. These classes are proven to be effective at teaching parents how to lessen the negative impact of divorce and separation on their children.

I live in another county, will this class work?
We allow anyone to take the class. Whether or not it will meet the requirements outside of Deschutes County is really up to your county’s court. We encourage you to get an OK from the court before signing up.

Can I bring my children?
Children are not allowed in the class, and we do not provide childcare.

How many classes do I need to take?

One class satisfies the requirement

Will you call to confirm my registration?

Plan to attend the seminar that you requested: no further notification will be given unless there is a conflict.

We were never married, do I have to attend?

Yes, if parental custody rights are involved in divorce or separation.

Do I have to attend the semiar with my "ex"?

Bay law you do not have to attend with your "ex." However, we encourage couples to attend together if possible

We are getting along fine. Do we have to go?

Only the judge can waive the seminar requirement.


Registration

You may register by mail with a printed form, by phone, or online. See seminar schedule below for class dates and online registration.

3 ways to register:

  1. Register and pay online by clicking the "register" link on the class schedule.
  2. or call 541-383-6789
  3. or mail a printable Cope registration form to Seminar for Divorcing Parents

Cost: $60 per participant. No refunds. Credits can be provided toward different class date. Clients are able to select one of the two available seminars being given during the month they register for attendance.


Schedule & Map

Seminars will be held on the Rosie Bareis Campus at 1010 NW 14th St. Bend, Oregon.

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January 2014
January 17 Friday 5 pm - 9 pm  
January 18 Saturday 9 am - 1 pm  
February 2014
February 21 Friday 5 pm - 9 pm  
February 22 Saturday 9 am - 1 pm  
March 2014
March 28 Friday 5 pm - 9 pm  
March 29 Saturday 9 am - 1 pm  
April 2014
April 18 Friday 5 pm - 9 pm  
April 19 Saturday 9 am - 1 pm  
May 2014
May 16 Friday 5 pm - 9 pm  
May 17 Saturday 9 am - 1 pm  
June 2014
June 20 Friday 5 pm - 9 pm  
June 21 Saturday 9 am - 1 pm  
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