HOPE is a unique opportunity for parents who are no longer together but still experience a high level of conflict that affects their parenting and their children.

The primary goal of the HOPE program is to reduce the negative impact of separation and conflict on children by helping parents learn healthy habits for more positive co-parenting. The program includes guest speakers such as judges, attorneys, probation officers and social workers, as well as videos, lectures, and group discussions.

Program Outcomes

  • Understand your child's right/need to love both parents.
  • Focus on your child's needs instead of their conflict.
  • Develop effective communication skills.
  • Minimize conflict.
  • Manage emotions.
  • Create healthy boundaries.
  • Rebuild trust and respect.

Course Expectations


  • Kirsten L. Zerger, JD, State-Approved Domestic Mediator and KIPCOR Senior Associate
  • Joy L. Hoofer, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Domestic Mediator
  • Pam Clark Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and State-Approved Domestic Mediator

Program Curriculum

We use the Active Parenting curriculum Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce by Susan Blyth Boyan and Ann Marie Termini. Four sessions of classroom work, video clips, guest speakers, and discussion cover the following::

  • Parenting concerns and the importance of letting your child love both parents.
  • Keeping children out of conflicts.
  • Working on your own recovery, and learning more effective communication skills.
  • Parallel-parenting and improving communication skills.

Resources for Divorced or Separated Parents

Kids Shadow

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2017 HOPE Sessions:

  • Spring Session: March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17
  • Summer Session: June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24
  • Fall Session: Sept 25, Oct 9 & 23, Nov 6

Attending all 4 classes per session is required for Certificate of Completion.

Fee: $100. No refunds or transfer of fees for missed classes.

New Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Community Mediation Center Kaufman House
2515 College Avenue
North Newton, Kansas

For more information: contact the Community Mediation Center at (316) 284-5829 or cmc@bethelks.edu

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