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Parenting After Separation Seminar program

Parenting After Separation Seminar program

About the program

The Parenting After Separation Seminar (PASS) program provides parents with key information and strategies to assist children to successfully adjust to separation and/or associated conflict.

The content is divided into 3 core sections and optional electives.

1. Self-care

Areas covered include:

  • dealing with loss
  • practical self-care for busy parents
  • diet and exercise
  • dealing with drug/alcohol challenges
  • emotional and spiritual resources and mindfulness
  • the rebound relationship
  • self-care resources and referrals.

2. Co-parenting

Areas covered include:

  • co-parenting goals
  • dealing with difficult communication
  • Brief, Informative, Firm and Friendly messages
  • business type relationships
  • 'when all else fails'
  • co-parenting tips from experienced mediators and researchers.

3. Being attentive to children’s needs

Areas covered include:

  • understanding the needs of children
  • managing difficult behaviours and emotions
  • different parenting styles
  • impacts of separation on children’s behaviour
  • an interview with two, experienced child consultants.


This section offers additional, recommended content on communication, conflict management, and family therapy.

How is the program delivered?

There are 4 steps to completing the program.

1. Individual assessment

Before starting the program, participants will complete a brief assessment with a facilitator, to ensure that the program is suitable for their circumstances.

2. Online learning

The online self-paced learning typically takes 8-9 hours to complete. It includes presentations, interviews, quizzes, reflection exercises and other learning modes designed to support parents to co-parent more effectively.

Participants will have access to the online content for 12 months and will also receive a workbook that will guide them through the program.

3. Group discussion

A second brief assessment is completed before you participate in an online, 2-hour, small group discussion. Contact the Melbourne Family Relationship Centre to register.

We run weekly morning and lunchtime group discussions throughout the year (excluding the period from mid-December to early February).

Sessions fill up quickly, so we recommend booking early to secure your place.

Please note: We do not offer evening or weekend sessions.

4. Certificate

After completing the online learning and group discussion, all participants will receive a certificate. For court-ordered participants this will satisfy requirements for Court Orders.


Bookings and more information

Bookings are essential. To get started, please complete our online form and one of our facilitators will contact you to organise an initial assessment and course booking.

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Participant feedback

'It opened my eyes up around co-parenting and how the children also view the relationship between the parents.'

'Hearing about experiences in a safe environment over Zoom is helpful.'

'I thought the course was exceptional. Realised it was put together in COVID-19. We were able to share things that were helpful.'


Please contact us to organise a brief intake assessment.

$150 (or $100 for health care card holders)
Online (Zoom)
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