Parent Education and Family
Stabilization Course

Offered through
Conflict Resolution Counseling
The Costello Center

Meet Our Instructors
Kelly Zarle

Kelly Zarle

Hello, I am the head instructor for our Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course. My college studies focused on criminology, psychology and sociology. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology. From there I went on to work in rehabilitation services and eventually on to the courts where I worked for the Fourth Judicial Circuit's unique problem-solving court program, Drug Court. In addition, I was privileged to work closely with families and individuals during their most trying times. It was there that I really grew to discover my love of helping others and honed my skills and ability to assist people in the most crucial life changing moments of their lives. Furthermore, I am a child of divorce myself and as a trauma trained foster parent now I genuinely know the unique hurdles co-parenting presents. I draw on my personal experience to help teach this course from a very practical perspective. I am excited to help educate parents on such an important topic and help minimize the negative affects divorce has on children and help parents transition through this difficult time from being spouses to co-parents.

Melanie Kennedy

Melanie Kennedy

I am an instructor for our Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course, as well as an Elementary Tutor and The Costello Center's Certified Play Attention Specialist. As the Play Attention Specialist, I create a structured setting where clients of all ages learn to focus, increase academic performance, improve memory retention, and achieve maximum personal potential.

I hold my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. I have 12 years of teaching experience, working with students from Kindergarten to 5th Grade in both public and private schools in the Tampa Bay Area.  Many of the students I have worked with have been children of divorce, and I have witnessed first-hand what children go through during the divorce process.  I am eager to help share my experience to help assist parents transition through this new life adjustment.

Lindsay Harrison

Lindsay Harrison, LMHC

Hello, I am a licensed mental health counselor with a concentration in several areas including trauma, anxiety, and parenting. I received my B.A in Psychology from Goucher College and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University in Maryland. I am a mother of two beautiful girls.

Divorce brings about many losses and changes for parents and children. I want to help parents develop new co-parenting skills and continue positive parenting through a difficult process. I am eager to help guide parents through a successful transition in preparation for a new chapter in life.

Jennifer Lagergren

Jennifer Lagergren, M.S.

I am a Psychometrist, Educational Consultant, and Executive Functioning Coach who specializes in behavior intervention and academic accommodations. I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, and my master's degree in counseling with a concentration in applied behavior analysis, substance abuse, and counseling from Nova Southeastern University. I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I also have over 7 years of experience working in private mental health practice, as well as private and public schools.

I believe that identifying and understanding the emotions that are experienced during the separation and divorce process are a vital part to positive and effective co-parenting. As a course administrator, I deliver curriculum that allows parents to identify their individual needs regarding their separation and divorce, as well as teach coping strategies that will assist the parents in working through their emotions.

Separation and divorce not only affect the parents, but it affects the entire family unit. In order to effectively co-parent, each parent needs to have a thorough understanding of how children experience divorce according to developmental stages. I provide information about each developmental stage and how it can affect the child or adolescent's understanding of and thoughts regarding the parents' separation and divorce. The curriculum I provides helps parent identify potential problem areas, both emotional and behavioral, that need to be addressed and helps teach parents how to talk to their children regarding the separation and divorce.