Parenting Seminars

All parties who may be required to complete an Impact on Children Seminar under PCLSPR 94.05 may complete an online seminar or personally attend a seminar with one of Pierce County’s approved seminar providers.  

Only online seminars hosted by a Pierce County seminar provider are approved, unless a special waiver is granted by a Pierce County Superior Court judicial officer.   Note: not all of the approved providers have online programs in place at the present time.

Mandatory Seminar - Impact on Children

The Pierce County Superior Court judges find that it is in the best interest of any child whose parents or custodians are involved in specific court proceedings to provide such parents with an educational workshop concerning the impact family restructuring has on their child.

Workshop Tools

The workshop offers parents tools to help ensure that their child's emotional needs will not be overlooked during the legal processes, to encourage parents to agree on child-related matters and to aid in maximizing the use of court time.

Introduction to the Seminar

The Impact on Children seminar shall provide information concerning the impact family restructuring has on children.

Seminar Content

The Superior Court judges (or a committee designated by the judges) adopted guidelines governing the content of the seminar, the minimum credentials and experience required of seminar instructors and administrative requirements of an acceptable program. The judges' committee will review submitted proposals and approve those programs which meet the outlined criteria for the course. Both the seminar content guidelines and the instructors' minimum qualifications were adopted as a Superior Court administrative policy.

Administrative Policy

Copies of the Superior Court administrative policy are available from Pierce County Superior Court administration and also in the local rules document. See Part VI, Administrative Policies, Policy 5 regarding the Impact on Children seminar.