Family Communications:

Parenting When Separated

This course is for parents who have separated and maybe in the process of agreeing on how to share parenting. The course aims to support parents as they move through the many changes that come with separation and find a successful way to share parenting with your child’s other parent going forward.

The course will explore the key components of clear and direct communication (Non-Violent Communication Process) as a tool to support parents to communicate effectively in a non-conflictual way in order to achieve more success when sharing parenting.

Module 1: Welcome!

  • How the course works

Module 2: Relationship Breakdown & Separation

  • Understand the impact of separation on child and parent.
  • Understand what a ‘child centred’ approach means when separating.
  • Understand the changes in behaviours/emotions of your child and how to respond to your child’s needs in times of change

Module 3: When Your Family Changes

  • Understanding needs and meeting needs in the family unit
  • Building family resilience and improving self-esteem
  • Introduce some key strategies to help you make positive changes.

Module 4: Shared Parenting

  • Explore what is meant by shared parenting and identifying the needs of your child on this journey.
  • Guidelines of Clear & Direct Communication
  • Learn how to use assertive communication.

Module 5: Parenting After Separation

  • How to develop good communication skills
  • How to keep conflict healthy

 Module 6: Review and Reflection

  • Recap the key points from the course.
  • Acknowledge that the journey continues.
  • Solve shared parenting problems in a positive way which focuses on the needs of your children
  • Create practical arrangements for children that minimise stress and conflict
  • Improve communication with your children and with the other parent
  • Cope with the emotional impact of separation and learn stress management techniques
  • Help your children cope emotionally with the separation
  • Deal with the challenges of post-separation or being a ‘live away’ parent.
Family Communications: Parenting When Separated
This course is for parents who have separated and maybe in the process of agreeing on how to share parenting. This aims to support parents as they move through the many changes that come with separation and finding a successful way to share parenting with your child’s other parent.  
Module 1 Welcome!

A Welcome and an introduction to the course.

Unit 1 Unit 1: Getting Started
Unit 2 Unit 2: Your Learning Tools
Unit 3 Unit 3: What I Want to Give/Get
Unit 4 Unit 4: What is journaling
Unit 5 Unit 5: Self-Reflective Practice
Module 2 Relationship Breakdown & Separation

Introduces how separation impacts on child and parent.

Unit 1 Unit 1: The Impact of Separation On Child and Parents
Unit 2 Unit 2: Connecting Changes in Behaviour to Environment/Emotions
Unit 3 Unit 3: What Is a Child Centred Approach When Separating
Unit 4 Unit 4: Responding to Child’s Needs at Time of Separation
Module 3 When Your Family Changes

How to communicate the family changes to your child/ren.

Unit 1 Unit 1: Talking to Your Child About Your New Family Form
Unit 2 Unit 2: Answering Your Child's Awkward Questions in Times of Separation
Unit 3 Unit 3: Building Resilience in Your Family Unit for Your Children
Unit 4 Unit 4: Confident Parenting When Separated - Self-Esteem Building for You and Your Child
Module 4 Shared Parenting

Explore tools to successfully share parenting.

Unit 1 Unit 1: Misconceptions About Shared Parenting
Unit 2 Unit 2: Guidelines for Communicating With Other Parent
Unit 3 Unit 3: Advantages for Children to Have Both Parents in Their Life
Unit 4 Unit 4: Parenting Plan
Module 5 Parenting after Separation

Explores how to keep conflict healthy and make the most of shared parenting.

Unit 1 Unit 1: Keeping Conflict Healthy and Problem Solving as You Move Forward
Unit 2 Unit 2: Making The Most of Access: Quality versus Quantity
Unit 3 Unit 3: The Importance of Self-Care: What Pushes Your Buttons
Unit 4 Unit 4: Developing New Family Traditions for Your New Family Form
Module 6 Review and Reflection

This module reminds participants of the topics covered in the course and explores how life can be good after separation.

Unit 1 Unit 1: Life After Separation
Unit 2 Unit 2: So far what have I learnt
Unit 3 Unit 3: Techniques for Life
Unit 4 Unit 4: And the Journey Continues