All welcome - attend live or via Recording Access

Best Practices for Separation, Divorce and Family Life

address the challenges and possibilities
 when parents separate
2 class series

February 9 & 16, 2023

Dawn Menken Ph.D.

Author of 
Raising Parents Raising Kids:
Hands-on Wisdom for the Next Generation

This course will address the challenges and possibilities that relationships and families face when parents separate. We will particularly focus on how to maintain and nourish family life when children are involved. This class is meant to support parents, but also practitioners who are working with families that are involved in this process of change. There will also be time for parents and practitioners to get support for their situations or cases.

Class 1: Focus on Separating Couples
Class 2: Focus on Kids and Family
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Financial equity options available
(see below)
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Livestream & Recordings
4 training hours

9 & 16, 2023

2 Thursdays,
10am to 12pm
(Pacific time)
Attend live or catch up on demand with recordings

Recordings available for 3 months after live course completes

Join Dawn to:

Focus on Separating Couples (class 1)

  • Connecting with your relationship myth
  • The dream of family
  • Conflict work and finding your direction
  • Edges to splitting up
  • Evolution of relationships
  • Maintaining “family:” finding a parenting path together

Focus on Kids and Family (class 2)

  • Empowering kids in a powerless situation
  • The Impact on Kids of Unworked Out Relationship Stuff
  • Creativity and Family Life
  • New partners and extended family
  • Two Homes: Dealing with Different Atmosphere and Rules
  • Lawyers, Custody and Legal Agreements
  • Being with Feelings
  • Differing Parenting Philosophies
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Meet the instructor

Dawn Menken, Ph.D.

Dawn Menken has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a certified process worker. She is a therapist, teacher and facilitator and enjoys working with people from all cultures and backgrounds. She is a co-founder and senior faculty member at the Process Work Institute and has been involved in the creation of all of its programs, as well as other Process Work schools throughout the world.

Dawn is the author of Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands on Wisdom for the Next Generation, an inspiring and ground-breaking book for parents, educators and practitioners who work with children, that was recognized as a finalist for the best book awards.

She is the creator of Teens Rise Up, a leadership program that brings together teenagers from all walks of life and supports young people to develop their own leadership capacity and forge relationships across differences. Motherhood continues to be a big inspiration for Dawn and has informed her creativity in her approach to group work, social action, and creating world community. In 2006 she performed her one-woman show MamaSpeak, at a local theater in Portland, based on her personal journey and the universal mystery behind birth and the sacred calling to parenthood.

Her latest book, Facilitating A More Perfect Union: A Guide for Politicians and Leaders, received a best book award in the category of Business: Communication/Public Relations. In all of her endeavors she is moved to improve social discourse and inspire more meaningful civic engagement.

Find out more about Dawn
Patrick Jones - Course author

Important Participation Information

Privacy & Recordings

Workshops are recorded to provide on demand access and the opportunity to review and study deeply over time.   If you speak or show your camera, you will become part of the recording, available to other enrolled participants via the course site. 


Courses are offered as a confidential, adult learning environment. Participant privacy and confidentiality is extremely important for everyone's safety and learning. Please ensure that you keep other participant's personal information private and confidential and do not share identifying details beyond the course participant group. 

Experiential Training

Courses are offered as a confidential, adult learning environment focused on personal and community transformation. The activities may elicit emotional and psychological stress. If you have experienced psychological difficulties either in the past or present that may impact your participation, please consider carefully if this event is right for you. While all care is taken to support individuals, each person is responsible for their own needs and boundaries. By registering, you agree to take personal responsibility for your experience and to seek out support if you need it. 

English Language

Courses are taught in English, with an awareness and sensitivity to the experience of those for whom English may be a second (or third or fourth) language. We welcome a multilingual group and ask for shared awareness of the challenges of using English when it is a second language. Participants should ensure they are comfortable with their own level of understanding of English conversation and instruction. 
Financial Equity
PWI recognizes the global financial disparities that unequally impact people's opportunities to participate. 

If you are impacted by financial disadvantage, please use the following discount codes to enroll at the rate that is fair for you:

Rate 2 $90- discount code: FinEQ
Recommended for those from developed economies
Rate 3 $60 - discount code: FinEQ3
Recommended for those from emerging economies
Choose the rate that is fair for you