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Parenting After Separation | High Conflict Families | Communication

Parenting After Separation

Contact Numbers and eCourse Registration Information for PAS, PASHC & FOCIS

Parenting after Separation (PAS)

Parenting After Separation is a two hour on-line course or a six hour seminar offering information to guardians and 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. Before filing a divorce application or a Family Law Act application in the Court of Queen’s Bench the party applying must file a certificate showing that they completed PAS.  A judge can order that a party complete the course before going ahead with a court application. Parents must attend separate sessions of the course unless they ask to attend together.

Download the Parenting After Separation (PAS) parent’s guide  

For more information, read the parenting after separation factsheet

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.

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

How to contact PAS providers in Alberta

To register for the in person PAS course, contact the PAS providers in each location. 

Calgary: 403-440-3833

Lethbridge:  403-320-4232

Medicine Hat:  403-504-8026

Red Deer: 403-343-6400

Parenting After Separation (PAS) eCourse

https://pas.albertacourts.ab.ca/

Location for the PAS course in Calgary: 

Calgary Courts Centre
Suite 706-S, 601 – 5th Street SW.
Calgary, AB T2P 5P7

How to register for PASHC eCourse

To register for PASHC, contact the PAS providers in Edmonton or Calgary.  

Calgary: 403-440-3833
Edmonton: 780-413-9805

Parenting After Separation High Conflict (PASHC) eCourse

https://www.alberta.ca/pashc.aspx#jumplinks-1

Location for the PASHC course in Calgary: 

Calgary Courts Centre
Suite 706-S, 601 – 5th Street SW.
Calgary, AB T2P 5P7

Focus on Communication in Separation (FOCIS) program information

For Focus on Communication in Separation (FOCIS) registration, program information and locations.

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

You can also obtain information on how to register for FOCIS by visiting Resolution and Court Administration Services at: https://www.alberta.ca/rcas.aspx

Focus on Communication in Separation(FOCIS). Click Here to Download the pdf document

Mediation

Mediation providing options and assisting you with resolving matters to reach an agreement when dividing property, dealing with parenting matters, child support and spousal support.  Learn more here

Uncontested Divorces

Separation Agreements & Uncontested Divorce We work closely with you to prepare your comprehensive separation agreement and/or uncontested divorce documents  Learn more here

Paralegal Services

As qualified paralegals, we are able to offer a range of additional paralegal services such as pre-nuptial, co-habitation and separation agreements, transfers of land… Learn more here

Parenting after Seperation

Parenting After Separation is a two hour on-line course or a six hour seminar offering information to guardians and parents about the separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on children… Learn more here

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:  At WIN/WIN Divorce Resolution we will provide you with information but we do not offer legal advice.  Should you require legal advice, you should consult with a lawyer specializing in family law.  If you do not have a lawyer, we can refer you to a lawyer to obtain legal advice.

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