Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce - Co-Parenting Seminar


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

* Class Will Occur through the Zoom Application unless allowed to have
in Sioux Falls due to the COVID-19 pandemic




Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce is a video-based seminar designed to minimize
the emotional damage that parents cause to their children during and after a divorce. The seminar provides parents with the skills necessary to make child-focused decisions. Parents learn that their behaviors and choices determine how their child
will ultimately adjust to the divorce. This seminar is designed to educate parents
about children’s issues in divorce as well as the need to value their co-parent and understand the importance of communication between homes. It explores these issues by incorporating skill development and application along with small-group discussion. The seminar is suited for parents and guardians who co-parent regarding their child. These could be individuals who are filing for divorce, have already divorced or who have never married. The class can be taken individually or with your child's other parent. The seminar is six hours in length and costs $100 per participant.


The Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce seminar benefits children by:

  • Reducing their symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
  • Diminishing their sense of being caught in loyalty binds
  • Creating a more relaxed home environment, allowing for easier adjustment
  • Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in their lives
  • Enhancing their self-esteem by creating an optimal environment for growth

The Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce seminar benefits parents by:

  • Alerting them to the emotional abuse associated with family separation
  • Teaching effective communication and conflict-resolution skills
  • Helping them recognize the bond that a child has with both parents
  • Fostering sensitivity to the child’s needs
  • Focusing on present child-rearing issues rather than on past marital issues

The Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce seminar is facilitated by Shanna Moke, MA, CFLE and Melanie Vanderpol-Bailey, LICSW-PIP. Shanna Moke is a Certified Family Life Educator, a qualified Custody and Parenting Time Mediator and has been certified to conduct Custody Evaluations/Home Studies and Parenting Coordination. She also provides and oversees the visitation supervision program and drug testing program. Melanie VanderPol-Bailey is a Licensed Certified Social Worker at River Counseling Services, a satellite clinic of Sioux Falls Psychological Services, in Platte, SD. She provides therapy, forensic services, and consultation to children and adults. 

The facilitators will guide parents through five preventative steps:

  • Step 1: Keep your Child Out of the Middle
  • Step 2: Allow Your Child to Love Both Parents
  • Step 3: Work on Your Own Recovery
  • Step 4: Create New Communication Patterns         
  • Step 5: Develop a New Role as Co-Parent

A 24 hour cancellation notification is required. If you provide proper notification, a $50 cancellation fee will apply. If you do not provide a 24 hour cancellation notice or do not appear for the class, your registration fee is non-refundable. To avoid a cancellation fee, you may transfer your registration to another date for no charge.

Counseling & Mediation

6116 S Lyncrest Ave, Ste 103

Sioux Falls SD  57108

Phone (605) 679-3186

Fax: (866) 729-1532

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