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Our ​Unique Course

Our Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course is offered select Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM and select weeknights from 5:30PM to 9:30PM at The Costello Center (located at 8081 38th Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 ). 
It is our hope that through your participation in this course you will gain the knowledge and insight necessary to minimize the negative effects divorce can have on you and your family by increasing your awareness and understanding of how to help both your children and yourself transition through this difficult time.

Throughout the duration of this four hour course, we will be discussing:

  • The Facts/ Stages of Separation of an Adult
  • Stages of Separation for a Child
  • The Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • What is Co-Parenting and why is it important?
  • Marriage Role versus Parenting Role
  • Stages of Development
  • Child Safety & Legal Issues

State-Approved Course Pursuant to Section 61.21(2)(a), F.S.

Our 4 hour course has been approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and meets all outlined requirements for divorcing parents as outlined in Section 61.21(2)(a), F.S. Each aspect of our course addresses the various topics that are required by the state of Florida and help you make the transition from spouses to co-parents.

Cohesive Co-Parenting: Advanced Parenting Class for High Conflict Divorce and Further Support
If you have already taken the mandated 4-hour course, but are looking for further support and more techniques to effectively co-parent, or are facing a high conflict divorce, we offer an advanced parenting course - "Cohesive Co-Parenting." This course will go into even more depth on how to healthily transition into co-parenthood, maintain communication and collaboration with your co-parent, and help you and your children with the emotionally difficult experiences that come with divorce.
For more information, check out the " Advanced Parenting Course" page or contact The Costello Center.

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Our participants say...

  1. "I took a lot of this information to heart. I really think a lot of what Kelly said will help with the molding of our child. Thanks! It was clearly worth coming to this."
  2. "I really felt comfortable during the course. I was able to have reassurance and an understanding of what's going on with my situation."
  3. "So So So helpful and informative. Such great advice. I needed to hear all that you had to tell me. I listened to it all. I have a new plan and that feels wonderful. Thanks for all your help!"
  4. "Love the presenter. Not only was it a learning experience, but she also makes you feel comfortable during the presentation. Loved her personality too. I have definitely learned from this also."
  5. "Great class!!!! I learned so many new techniques on parenting."
  6. "Kelly took something that I was not looking forward to and made it so much more informative and interesting that I expected."

Why Choose Our Course?

We recognize that divorce, particularly when children are involved, is an emotional process. Our curriculum provides meaningful content focused on helping parents to cope with the transition to single parenting as well as teaching them how to be there for their children during this extremely difficult time. Our paramount concern is the health and well-being of children of divorce and our class contains many helpful resources for parents to ensure they provide their children with the support they need during this time.  We know, as a counseling center, that separation and divorce can have devastating effects on children. This knowledge and focus separates us from other providers of the course. We help parents to understand the concepts associated with Florida Family Law and parents’ personal responsibilities as well as understand parenting time and how to handle the emotional repercussions they and their children will face.

We understand that this is a required course and we want to extend our appreciation for choosing us for completing your hours. We hope to make this as informative and helpful to you and your family as we can.