Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course

Welcome to the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course website!

Our Unique Course

Our Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course is offered at:

THE COSTELLO CENTER
8081 38th Ave N.
St. Petersburg, FL. 33710
(727) 345-2667

COURSE TIME and DAYS

  • Select Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Select Weeknights from 5:30 pm to 9:30pm
  • This course is also offered on an individual basis per availability.
    - Please call (727) 345-2667 and ask for Melanie to find out availability and more information.
  • Please view and download the 2020 course schedule.

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 and 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.

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.

Our participants say......

"I took a lot of this information to heart. Thanks! It was clearly worth coming to this."
"I really felt comfortable during the course. I was able to have reassurance and an understanding of what's going on with my situation."
"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!"
"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."
"Great class!!!! I learned so many new techniques on parenting."
"The instructor took something that I was not looking forward to and made it so much more informative and interesting that I expected."

Dr. Kim E. Costello, DCCPsy, LMHC

Dr. Kim E. Costello, DCCPsy, LMHC

Hello and welcome!

I am Dr. Kim Costello co-owner and co-founder of The Costello Center, a comprehensive counseling and academic assistance center serving the greater St. Petersburg, Florida community. My career has been defined by my unwavering commitment to helping families. Through more than 20 years of providing therapeutic counseling to adults and children, I have assisted hundreds of individuals, couples and families through times of major transition in their lives. The Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course that we offer is an extension of my center's commitment to healing and empowering individuals through life's challenges. We are so glad that you are considering taking our unique Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course. It is our hope that through your participation 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 you and your children transition through this difficult time.

Our course combines the expertise and experience of all the skilled and dedicated counselors at The Costello Center who work every day with parents and children experiencing divorce. My daughter, Ashley B. Rincon, Ph.D, and I developed this course together and collectively enhance the class to incorporate new research and strategies to help parents co-parent effectively. We believe that taking this course is truly an opportunity for parents to learn co-parenting skills and strategies that they can easily implement with their families long after completing the course.

We recognize that this course is required by Florida law and include all required content as outlined by Section 61.21(2)(a), F.S., but we also recognize how truly important this class can be for parents. Divorce, particularly when children are involved, is an emotional process. Our instructors seek to be sensitive and respectful to all participants, providing them with information that goes above and beyond legal requirements. We strive to provide you with the most current research and resources for families experiencing divorce. We also do our best to make all information presented tangible and clear so that you not only leave with knowledge and a certificate, but concrete plans and strategies to benefit your family. We want to extend our appreciation again for considering us for completing your hours and we hope to see you soon in one of our upcoming courses. We consider it an honor to help guide you through this transition.

Thank you and again, welcome!

Sincerely,

Kim E. Costello

“Divorce will still leave children as unfortunate victims, but it is the hope of all counselors at The Costello Center that parents can learn the keys to ensuring the well-being and enduring strength of their children.”

Meet Our Instructors

Nicole Wilson, NCC, MA

Nicole Wilson is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, Certified Family Court Mediator, Parenting Coordinator and trained Collaborative Professional. She earned her Master of Arts from the University of South Florida in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, with a Graduate Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy.

Melanie Kennedy

Melanie Kennedy earned her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. Melanie has over 12 years of teaching experience working with students from Kindergarten to 5th Grade in both public and private schools in the Tampa Bay area. Melanie serves in a number of different roles here at The Costello Center including Parent Education & Family Stabilization Course Instructor, Cohesive Co-Parenting Educator, Certified Positive Parent Educator, and Certified Life Coach. Melanie enjoys applying her training and personal experience with divorce to help guide divorcing parents through the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course.

Course Schedule

We offer our Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course on select Saturdays and weeknights during the month. These dates have been agreed upon by our wonderful instructors, but could be subject to change. If this schedule changes, we will notify you in a timely fashion, and help you to schedule your course on an alternate date.

Our schedule can be downloaded and printed for your convenience.

If you are looking to register for our Advanced Parenting Course, please email The Costello Center at info@thecostellocenter.com or (727) 345-2667 directly for course dates. This course is offered for individual parents or co-parents and are scheduled per your availability.

What is the Cohesive Co-Parenting Course?

We work with so many families dealing with significant conflict in their divorce attributable to abuse, addictions, financial disputes, mental and physical health difficulties, and legal battles, among others. Sometimes our 4-hour Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course is just not enough given a family's circumstances. That is where our Cohesive Co-Parenting Course comes in. This course is designed to give co-parents a complete tool box and countless resources to raise their children with empowering love despite the high conflict situations they and their children are facing. This course is offered as a six week series of one-on-one classes with our exceptional Parenting Course leader, Melanie Kennedy. These sessions will be tailored to helping your unique family and specific content will be based on your families own needs. It is our unwavering mission to help all families cohesively transition through divorce no matter what difficulties each family may face.

Course Content

  • There is Hope!
  • Stable Parent, Stable Home
  • Co-parent Communication
  • Co-parenting Meetings and Handling the Handoff
  • Risky Business, Understanding the 6 Risks for Children after Divorce, and How to Counteract Them with Protective Behaviors
  • Holidays, Special Occasions and School
  • Critical Issues - Emotions and Finances
  • Abuse, Addiction and Abandonment
  • Moving Forward in Dating and Remarriage
  • Co-parenting Beyond Child Support

Cost and Registration

  • This course is offered as a six week series of one hour, one-on-one classes with our Parenting Course leader Melanie Kennedy.
  • These sessions will be tailored to helping your unique family and specific content will be based on your families own needs.
  • For individual co-parents each one-hour session is $85. Plus a one-time material fee of $25.
  • For both co-parents attending each one-hour session it is $150. Plus a one-time material fee of $25 per individual.
  • You may register online on our Register Now! Site by putting Advanced Parenting Course in the subject field. Once receiving this form, we will contact you to complete your registration.
  • You may also register by calling or emailing The Costello Center directly at (727) 345-2667 or info@thecostellocenter.com
Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

info@thecostellocenter.com
(727) 345-2667

Our counselors and therapists stand behind the content of this course, but these classes do not serve as counseling sessions or contain legal advice. This course is meant to educate and empower rather than counsel parents. Our staff and course leader will be happy to help you find the resources and professionals to help you if your needs go beyond what's offered in this course.