Focus on Communication in Separation

Funded by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Focus on Communication in Separation (FOCIS) is a six-hour course teaching parents how to communicate effectively while parenting apart.

Reducing tension from conflicts will result in less stress for both you and your children. Ongoing conflict between parents can have a long-lasting negative effect on children of separation or divorce. Studies have shown that inter-parental anger and conflict are very strong indicators of how well children fare, both now and over the rest of their lives.

You can help your children by showing them that people don’t have to argue to get their ideas across

What will you learn?

  • Impact of parental conflict on children
  • Importance of listening
  • Understanding conflict, conflict styles, and conflict cycles
  • Effective use of questions, paraphrases, and summarizing techniques
  • Mindsets and perceptions

When and where is it offered?

  • FOCIS is offered at our offices at 9912-106 Street
  • You can either take the class Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm OR on Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

How much does it cost?

This workshop is free. It is funded by the Government of Alberta.

How do I register?

You can register on our website or by calling us at 780.413.9805.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule the course?

 You can cancel or reschedule your registration on our website, by sending an email to pas.focis@the-family-centre.com or by calling 780.413.9805.

Can I attend FOCIS with my ex-partner?

No. To ensure the safety and comfort of all participants, separating or divorcing parents are not permitted to attend the same session. There are no exceptions. Ex-partners must register in different sessions (you will be asked for your partner’s name when registering).

Do I have to take both nights in the same week?

It is preferred that you would take both nights in the same week, but you don’t need to. The information presented in the Monday evening sessions is considered to be Part 1, so you should take it before a Wednesday evening session.

Do I need to bring anything to the course?

You will receive a participant manual when you arrive. Please bring a pen. 

Can I bring my children?

No, children are not allowed at the course, and we do not offer childcare.

Can I bring a support person?

Yes, but the support person must also register for the course.

Can I take the course online instead of coming in person?

No, FOCIS is not offered as an online course.

What do I get after I complete the course?

When you have attended the entire six-hour course, you will receive a certificate of completion by email.

How do I replace a lost certificate?

Certificates are sent by email. If you have misplaced it, please email us at pas.focis@the-family-centre.com for a new certificate.

What’s the difference between Parenting After Separation, Parenting After Separation High Conflict, and Focus on Communication in Separation?

Parenting After Separation is for all parents going through a divorce or separation.

Parenting After Separation High Conflict is a course available to all parents who have already completed the Parenting After Separation course and are experiencing more intense, long-lasting conflict during their separation.

 In the Focus on Communication in Separation workshop, you will learn how to communicate effectively while parenting apart.