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  • The current parent education and family stabilization online course was approved by the Department of Children and Families. Completion of the course may fill the court-mandated requirements for completing a parent and education and family stabilization online course, depending on the specifications of the requirements.  The course has a timer that will track the amount of time (4 hrs) you spend in the course. 

  • A Certificate of Completion will be given to the participant who completes a minimum of four (4) hours and receives a passing score of at least 70% on the quiz.

  • The Quiz is designed to demonstrate the level of comprehension of participants' learning objectives. 

  • We recommend that you check with your circuit court to be sure they allow Online or Distance Learning Courses to meet your requirement.


  • The components of the parenting course are intended for educational purposes only. The presentation of this material is not intended to constitute mental health therapy or give information on specific mental health disorders or medications to treat mental health disorders. Participants are encouraged to discuss specific mental health questions with a licensed therapist.

  • The legal component of the parenting course shall provide general Florida Family Law principles. The presentation of this material IS NOT INTENDED to constitute legal advice. Individual questions and concerns regarding your case should be direct to a licensed attorney for answers to specific legal questions.



  • The conceptualization of divorce as the loss of the current family structure.

  • How to communicate the loss of the current family structure to children.

  • The continuing parental roles are expected from the parents despite losing the current family structure.

  • The processes commonly experienced by adults and children who are working through the loss of the existing family structure.

  • The potential positive impacts on children of continuing the parental relationships with both parents available for the children.

  • The various types of support that children will need from both parents collectively and individually.

  • The shared responsibilities that are required for effective parenting after a divorce.

  • The various approaches to the developmental stages during childhood.

  • How the children experience divorce at the various stages of development.

  • How divorce is likely to impact childhood development and the steps that can be taken to minimize the harm.

  • The steps parents can take to minimize the negative impacts of the divorce on the children depend on the specific stages of development.

  • When parents should seek additional help for children during and after divorce.

  • The best ways to discuss all divorce-related issues with children are based on their current developmental stages.

  • The potential negative impacts on children of parents expressing anger toward the other parent.

  • The potential for children to blame themselves for the divorce and any conflicts leading up to the divorce. 

  • The major benefit to the children of keeping them out of the parental conflict.

  • The best ways to establish effective relationships with the other parent are to minimize the children's exposure to parental conflict and contribute to the children's continued development.

  • The potential power and control dynamics of domestic violence.

  • The major warning signs of domestic violence and how it should be reported. 

  • A discussion of the Florida toll-free domestic violence hotline telephone number.

  • How parents can recognize signs of child abuse and neglect and respond appropriately?

  • The existing Florida statutory mandate to report child abuse or neglect. 

  • The penalties imposed by Florida for false reports of child abuse or neglect.

  • The fines for failure to report child abuse. 

  • Information about Florida family law and its importance in post-divorce cases. 

  • The statutory definitions regarding all court issues involve divorced or separated parents with minor children.

  • The recognized benefits to children of maintaining a highly stable, consistent relationship with each parent.

  • The best pathways to developing an effective parenting plan.

  • The best ways to effectively communicate with the other parent regarding time spent with the children.

  • The relevant definitions of the terms related to your court case.

  • References to divorce and separation are useful for parents and in teaching children to cope.

  • Additional links to resources in the community.


This course duration is a 4-hours and is designed to support, guide, educate, and assist families going through a divorce and educate the parents about the impact of divorce on the family, as required by Chapter 61.21, F.S.


We will provide our contact information, and each participant will be greeted by the instructor (Dr. Jimenez) at the beginning of the course and the end via a private chat. 


Self-directed learning is learner-initiated and may be called self-paced, independent, individualized learning, or self-instruction. Whatever term we use, self-directed learning places the responsibility for learning directly on the learner. In many ways, practically all learning is ultimately self-directed. Learners who take the initiative and are proactive learners learn more and better than passive (reactive) learners do. The independent learner is more involved, motivated, and active while learning. Online learning supports the self-directed learner in pursuing individualized, self-paced learning activities. The learner, working at a computer at a convenient time and pace, can search and utilize the Internet's vast resources to research nearly any topic imaginable. Students can visit libraries, museums, and various institutes worldwide, talk to professionals, access recent research, and read newspapers and peer-reviewed scholarly journals online. Students can write collaboratively with peers and publish written and multimedia products on web pages.


Our course is offered in English and Spanish

Family Portrait

Parental Education and Family Stabilization Online Course

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