Educational Services

Parenting After Separation (PAS)

The online version of the Parenting After Separation course is now available! Albertans now have the choice of taking Parenting After Separation in person or as an eCourse.

Parenting After Separation is a six hour seminar offering information to parents about the separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on children, techniques for communication and legal information that affects parents and children.

Separating or divorcing parents who live near a judicial centre and have issues concerning child support or parenting time may access this service.

PAS teaches parents the importance of working together to meet children’s health, social, educational and emotional needs. The program encourages parents to attend mediation and to consider other dispute resolution options.

Course topics include:

  • Relationship Building
  • Effect of separation on Parents
  • Effect of separation on Children
  • Communication Skills
  • Legal Issues
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Parenting Plans

There is no cost to the parties.

Attending PAS is voluntary. However, in most cases, before filing an application in the Court of Queen’s Bench, the party applying must file a certificate showing that they completed PAS. In Provincial Court, the judge can order that a party complete the course before going ahead with their court application.

Download the PAS Manual

With the high demand for the online course, the in-person PAS course is now available only in Calgary and Edmonton and on a limited basis in other locations.

If you are interested in an in-person course in the Lethbridge area, contact the Calgary service provider listed below.

If you are interested in an in-person course in the Red Deer area, contact the Edmonton service provider listed below.

For all other areas, e-mail PLEI.RCAS@gov.ab.ca with your inquiries. In-person courses may be offered in locations where the demand is sufficient.

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Parenting After Separation For High Conflict Families (PASHC)

Parenting After Separation for Families in High Conflict (PASHC) is a three hour seminar available in Edmonton and Calgary to parents who have already completed the six hour Parenting After Separation course.

PASHC offers information about the process of separation, how to emotionally disengage from one another and how to identify and renegotiate boundaries.

Parents are encouraged to develop a Parallel Parenting Plan, which can be an effective tool to reduce conflict and minimize the contact between parents.

Course topics include:

  • Parental Enmeshment and Disengagement/ Disinterest
  • Parenting Plan for High Conflict Families
  • Anger, Abuse, Power and Control
  • Child Development and the Needs of Children
  • Renegotiating Boundaries (Skill Development)

There is no cost to the parties.

Participation in the program is voluntary, although parties may be directed to attend by a judge. Parents do not attend the program together.

Download the High Conflict PAS Manual

To register for PASHC, contact the PAS providers in Edmonton or Calgary. The contact numbers are:

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Focus On Communication In Separation (FOCIS)

Focus on Communication in Separation (FOCIS) is a six hour, skill-based communication course teaching parents how to communicate effectively while living apart.

FOCIS aims to enhance the communication skills of parents, reduce parental conflict and improve long term outcomes for children. Upon completing the course, parents will be able to reduce conflict through good communication and problem solving skills, decrease tensions arising from conflicts and decrease stress for children and parents.

Course topics include:

  • The impact of parental conflict on children
  • The importance of listening
  • Definitions of conflict
  • The effective use of questions, paraphrases and summarizing techniques
  • Conflict styles / conflict cycle
  • Mindsets - changing how we see and respond
  • Anger
  • The role of perceptions in misunderstandings and miscommunication
  • Using “I” statements

There is no cost to the parties.

Participation in FOCIS is voluntary. Parents are not permitted to attend the course together

Download the FOCIS Manual

For registration, program information and locations, please contact:

Calgary


403-297-6981


 


Edmonton


780-644-5092


Fort McMurray


780-790-9474


 


Grande Prairie


780-532-0373


Lethbridge


403-320-4232


 


Medicine Hat


403-504-8026


Red Deer


403-343-6400


 


Wetaskiwin


780-340-7187