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Our Program

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Our Objective

SELA Dispute Resolution’s Co-Parenting Class is an innovative asynchronous online learning program that includes two (2) in-person classes. Missing a class is no longer a problem due to busy schedules because you can proceed at your own pace from the comfort of your home. In person sessions are scheduled monthly.

Our class is a psycho-educational program taught by attorneys who can provide valuable insight into the court process and likely ways a court will handle conflict and co-parenting issues. This course is not to be considered legal advice, none of our program attorneys are providing legal advice, and all participants should seek counsel from their attorneys regarding legal advice. 

Family relationships do not disappear when a marriage ends in divorce or a couple terminates a relationship. Instead, the demanding job of parenting requires even more skill. For the sake of the children, divorced parents must communicate with their former spouses in matters of child rearing since the ability of parents to interact with each other greatly affects the child’s adjustment to divorce. Unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce. Our class puts children first while creating promising solutions designed to improve the quality of the parental relationship in situations of divorce or family separation. The overall emphasis of our class is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from being caught in the middle of parental conflict.

Our class is an extensive, informed, and interactive resource for parents as they examine the complex realities of divorce. The SELA’s Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program has been well received by judges and juvenile courts throughout the nation since its introduction in 1995. This course has been approved by courts across Louisiana and is an acceptable option when co-parenting education is ordered. Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to print out a certificate of completion which can be provided to the court or counsel.

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How Our Program Works

SELA Co-operative Parenting Solutions explores the family issues that accompany divorcing parents. It is designed for parents demonstrating mild to moderate levels of parental conflict. The program is facilitated by a trained parent educator and incorporates small- and large-group discussions, parent interactions, and weekly homework assignments. 

To accommodate working parents, our classes are designed to be 80% online so parents can work at their own pace at times convenient to them. We have broken our program into two sections each comprised of four online sessions and one group session which will take place on a Saturday for a total of ten sessions. Our Saturday group sessions for both Sections 1 and 2 are scheduled monthly for attendee convenience.

Registration is easy through our convenient form and payment can be made via Paypal. After enrolling, access to the course materials and beginning of the asynchronous learning process will begin with 24-48 hours.

Our Class Sessions

Our class is designed for asynchronous online learning so parents can complete the coursework at their own pace. The class meets in person for two Saturday sessions, one at the midpoint of the course and the other at the end of the course.

Session 1: Making the Commitment to Caring
‘Child-Focused or Out of Focus’

Session 2: Allowing My Child to Love Both Parents
‘Plan for Peace or Tug of War’

Session 3: Changing My Long Term Role 
‘Letting Go or Holding On’

Session 4: Choosing My Personal Path
‘Make it Better or Keep it Bitter’


Session 5: Managing My Own Anger
‘Neither Fight nor Take Flight’

Session 6: Taking Control of Conflict
‘Defuse or Light the Fuse’

Session 7: Negotiating Agreement
‘All a Winner or Winner Takes All’

Session 8: Co-Parenting is Forever
‘Cooperation or Conflict’


$300 + CC Service Charge
$600 + CC Service Charge