Healthy Opportunities for Parenting Effectively 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, and social workers, as well as videos, lectures, and group discussions.

Classes will be offered in three sessions during 2021: in the Spring (March 8 and 22, April 5 and 19, and May 3); Summer (June 21, July 5 and 19, and August 2 and 16); and Fall (September 20, October 4 and 18, and November 1 and 15).  You must attend all five classes of a session to successfully complete the class.  You can register for the class by going to the training calendar and selecting the appropriate class.  The Spring and Summer classes will be offered live online, via Zoom; no decision has been made yet about the format of the Fall class.

Course Information

We use the Active Parenting curriculum Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce by Susan Blyth Boyan and Ann Marie Termini. Five 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.


  • 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 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.