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Dakota County Parent Education Classes

Parents Forever


Parents can either take the online version of the class or the in-person version held in Burnsville. Both versions are based on the same content and take a minimum of 8 hours to complete. Topics include: The Impact of Divorce on Adults and Children, Legal Issues and the Role of Mediation, Money Issues and the Cost of Raising Children, and Pathways to a New Life. For further information and/or registration, go to: www1.extension.umn.edu/family/parents-forever/.  



Parents attend two seminars: (1) Co-Parenting and (2) Legal and Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD). The Co-Parenting Seminar is a 4 ½ hour course that emphasizes the importance of workable communication between co-parents and provides tools to meet the ever-changing needs of children during the family transition. Co-Parenting is held in Richfield, Golden Valley, Shoreview, Ramsey, Inver Grove Heights, and Monticello. The LEAD Seminar is a 3 ½ hour course designed to be a basic introduction to the complex decision-making process of meeting the needs of children, managing the strong emotions parents often experience dealing with time and money, and navigating the foreign and sometimes confusing nature of law and finance. LEAD is held in Richfield and Monticello. Call 612-861-1675 or go to: https://www.headway.org/class_divorce_1947.

Children in Between Online Course


Parents take an online course to improve communication skills. Course includes in-depth tutorials, question and answer sessions, and a quiz to further engrain new skills. Parents will learn how to improve their interactions through active listening, mastery of "I statements", empathy and sensitivity, role modeling, and better overall communication skills. Go to: http://online.divorce-education.com/shopping/purchase-features/.

Mediation Works North Online Impact-Based Parent Education


Impact-based Parent Education (IPE) course, offered online, is aimed at parents that are going through separation or divorce. The course is designed to increase access for parents to quality parent education and reduce the barriers of work, childcare and transportation expense. It is designed for "impact" which means it incorporates applicable resources and information to improve co-parenting skills. It provides you with practical solution-based information and support to improve your ability to manage conflict, communicate, and make transitions smoother for the sake of children. Go to: http://www.mediationworksnorth.org/what-we-do/ipe