Seminar For Divorcing Parents Offered At Chattanooga State

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chattanooga State Community College has been providing a workshop for divorcing parents with minor children since Oct. 29, 2015. These classes were started with a collaboration of Dr. Kim McCormick, Larry Henry, and Parenting Coordinator Babs Ragsdale with Hamilton County.

This monthly seminar is designed to teach parents how to shield their children from parental conflict, minimize the damage of negative parental behaviors and establish a positive, long-term relationship as “co-parents.”

Since the courses began at Chattanooga State it has served 117 families and given them the tools and resources they need to minimize the damage of divorce, said officials. 

Cynthia Brooks leads the Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce workshops at the Chattanooga campus.  “I’m excited to be able to offer this seminar,” said Ms. Brooks. “It will help divorcing parents to understand the impact of their behaviors. It will show them that they have the power to minimize the damage of divorce on their child. Most of all, it will teach them that it is not the divorce itself that will harm their child; it is the choices and the behaviors they make that will make the difference between a child who thrives and a child who bears scars of divorce for years to come.” 

Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce is a four-hour psycho-educational seminar that combines video, activities, demonstration, role-play, small group discussion, and other proven techniques to help parents refocus their attention on their children, not on each other. Ms. Brooks will guide parents through a five-step model designed to prevent divorce abuse.  

Authors of the Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce seminar Susan Boyan and Ann Marie Termini are family therapists who were inspired to create this video-and-discussion seminar after observing the harmful effects of parental behaviors on children during divorce. Rather than attempt to “fix” the children, Ms. Boyan and Ms. Termini decided to go to the source of the problem: quarreling parents.

"When people are in love, they see only the positive traits of the other person,” says Ms. Boyan. “Then, when they are no longer in love, the opposite often happens, and they no longer see any good in the other person. It becomes all or nothing.”

Unfortunately for the children, who still love both parents, a great deal of psychological damage can occur during this time if the parents behave badly in front of them. What is the good news? Parents have the power to change their behavior and have a positive influence on their children rather than damaging them, said officials. 

The class is held monthly on Thursday afternoons at Chattanooga State Community College for $35 per person.  For more information about Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce: 5 Steps to Prevent Divorce Abuse seminars, or to register, please call 697-3100.

Sprayberry Earns Play Therapy Credential

Brook Sprayberry, MS, LPC, of Chattanooga, has earned the Registered Play Therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy APT, according to its CEO Kathryn Lebby.  Ms. Sprayberry is a licensed professional counselor.  To become a registered play therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional master’s or higher mental health degree from an ... (click for more)

Health Department Reports Increase In Hepatitis A Cases

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is experiencing a higher than normal number of cases of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). Typically, about one case a year is reported to the Department, yet since early May 2018, four cases have been reported. In light of the current Hepatitis A outbreak in Middle Tennessee, and other similar outbreaks in several other states, the Health ... (click for more)

Strong Winds Wreak Havoc In Chattanooga; Thousands Lose Power

A storm with wind gusts up to 70 mph did considerable damage in downtown Chattanooga around 2 p.m. on Saturday. Fencing along Miller Park was twisted onto a nearby lane of traffic on Market Street. A sizable tree was split, causing it to fall across Cherry Street between Third and Fourth streets. A number of traffic lights were knocked out of service. Several thousand ... (click for more)

2 Shot In Separate Incidents Early Saturday Morning; 1 Victim Is A Juvenile Girl

Two people were shot early Saturday morning in separate incidents. The first incident was at  3:30 a.m. when the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a person shot on the 1000 block of North Willow Street.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound.    HCEMS transported the victim to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Protecting Family Homes On Signal Mountain

The Signal Mountain Town Council will vote at their upcoming July 9 meeting on whether to approve a controversial rezoning application regarding property located at the northwestern corner of Albert Road and Taft Highway.  Prior to the rezoning request, Albert Road was the redline on Taft Highway past which commercial development within the town did not extend. This rezoning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Claude And "Mr. John"

There are some who believe this last week has been a devastating one for our community, losing two of our most beloved “builders” within three days of one another. Claude Ramsey, who spent over 40 years in public service and because of the type man he was never lost a political race, died on Monday after a hard fight with illness at the end. On Thursday we lost “Mr. John” Franklin, ... (click for more)