Center for Families in Transition
Parent Education

For the Sake of the Children

For the Sake of the Children is a five-hour, court-approved class for parents of minor children who are getting divorced in Massachusetts.

What Will I Learn?

Our classes are specifically designed to:

  • Teach the skills needed to be effective co-parents after divorce.
  • Assist parents in understanding their own divorce experience
  • Provide an overview of children's reactions to divorce
  • Educate parents as to the developmental needs of children, especially around divorce
  • Train parents to help children cope with divorce and minimize their trauma

What Topics Are Covered?

  • Loss, grief, and healing
  • Effective parent-child communication
  • Tips and skills for effective co-parenting
  • Process of divorce
  • Developmental stages of children
  • Resources for parents and children
  • Identifying problem areas and learning strategies for reducing conflict.

Who is the faculty?

The facilitators are highly regarded mental health professionals who are specifically trained to present this material. All of the trainers are devoted helping families cope with to issues related to divorce. Learn more about our faculty here. (clickable link to faculty page)

How long is the class?

This course consists of one five hour session or two sessions (2 ½ hours each) totaling five hours. You MUST attend the full program to receive a certificate of completion for your court file. NOTE: Parents CANNOT attend the same class. Children are not permitted in class.

What does it cost?

The fee is set by the court at $80, payable in cash or by money order ONLY at the door (no personal checks accepted). Tuition Waivers are sometimes available from the court, if you qualify. You must pay $5 in tuition (cash) with a waiver (which must be presented to the group leaders).

Brookline class information and registration

Cambridge class information and registration

Sandwich class information and registration

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