Via recorded webinar
Every 13 seconds, there is one divorce in America. 1 in every 2 marriages ends in divorce (at around 8 years) and 40% of all divorces involve children. With divorce rated as one of the top three stressful life events (oscillating between the death of a loved one or a move), and with its high prevalence, clients often present seeking guidance. The journey can be filled with confusion, overwhelm and filled with fears and self-doubt.
As mental health professionals, we can learn to lend support to clients by empowering them with information about their situation and options, helping them focus on self-care and preparing and guiding them to remain on track with their needs, goals and responsibilities.
This course opens with a clinical focus on a client who is ready to start their separation. It takes the clinician through the emotional turmoil and the standard three roads ahead for the client. It gives an overview of the psychology of separation and divorce while focusing on many common challenges and pitfalls during this time and shows how to best assist the client in their highly complex, sensitive and emotional situation.
The course provides structure for the divorce process, including defining the mental health professional’s role relating to decisions, finances, legal department, custody issues, parenting issues and beyond. It discusses the ex-couples emotional state, needs and agendas. It teaches how to best support the entire family with a focus on each individual and the collective newly defined family units.
Next, when children are involved, the situation can be even more stressful, complex and difficult. This course explores the eight major challenges children face in divorce as well as evidence-based interventions to alleviate unnecessary and avoidable stress. Finally, if the client decides to move forward in their life, the therapist will learn ways to support this journey including, future decisions about singlehood, dating and/or remarriage. We will address challenges along the way and understand the foundations of successful family blending.
Most therapists feel ill-prepared to support clients through perhaps one of their most difficult times in life. This course presents a clear and relevant approach towards addressing the many complex aspects of the divorce process. Clinicians will learn how to empower clients and how to define, communicate and execute their role in this highly applicable and relevant challenging arena. Learning how to support clients, will reduce stress, encourage emotional healing and deeply impact the lives of our clients and their loved ones.
Part 1: The Psychology and Process of Separation and Divorce
Part 2: Individual and Family Shifts; Personal & Co-parenting Foundations
Part 3: Life After Divorce; Blending vs. Bleeding; Q&A
Original recording date: ,April 2, 2020 Length: 181 minutes
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recite the theory and psychology of separation and divorce including 5 major challenges involved.
- List 3 foundations for defining your role in supporting and guiding clients through the process in a 5-area checklist of items to address.
- Define 4 ways to navigate and support clients to learn healthy co-parenting techniques that promote peace and the children’s best interest.
- Recall 3 ways to support clients in life after the divorce including deciding on singlehood, dating, remarriage and family blending.
Sources and Resources (click to expand)
Eddy, W. A., & Kreger, R. (2011). Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Fruzzetti, A. E. (2006). The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Gottman, J. M., & Silver, N. (2015). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert. New York: Harmony Books.
Kirshenbaum, M. (1997). Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by- Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether Stay or Get out Your Relationship. New York, NY: Plume.
Neuman, L. M. H. C., M. Gart. (1999). Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way. New York: Random House.
Wallerstein, J. S., Lewis, J., & Blakeslee, S. (2014). The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: The 25 Year Landmark Study. New York: Hachette Books.
Baker, A. J., & Fine, P. R. (2014). Co-Parenting With a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids Against You. New Harbinger Publications.
Eddy, W. A. (2010). Don't Alienate the Kids!: Raising Resilient Children While Avoiding High-Conflict Divorce. Scottsdale, AZ: High Conflict Institute, LLC.
Eddy, W. A. (2011). BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Hostile Emails, Personal Attacks and Social Media Meltdowns. Scottsdale, AZ: HCI Press.
Eddy, W. A. (2016). High Conflict People in Legal Disputes. Scottsdale, AZ: Unhooked Books.
Eddy, W. A. (2018). 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life: Identifying and Dealing with Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other High-Conflict Personalities. NY, NY: TarcherPerigee.
Hunter, M., & Andrea, L. (2019). The High-Conflict Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Reclaim Your Life One Week At A Time. Scottsdale, AZ: Unhooked Books.
After Divorce and Re-marriage:
Eddy, W. A., & Hunter, M. (2017). Dating Radar: Why Your Brain Says Yes to "The One" Who Will Make Your Life Hell. Scottsdale, AZ: Unhooked Books.
Fisher, B., & Alberti, R. E. (2016). Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends. Oakland, CA: Impact.
Parrott, L., & Parrott, L. (2015). Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts: Nine Questions to Ask Before -- and After -- You Remarry. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Tifrere, M. (2018). Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family. New York: TarcherPerigee.
For Kids, Short Storybook-Style:
Brown, L. K., & Brown, M. T. (2009). Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families. New York: Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers.
Levins, S., & Langdo, B. (2005). Was It the Chocolate Pudding?: A Story For Little Kids About Divorce. Washington, D.C.: Magination Press.
Lovato, M., & Lovato, L. (2018). Divorce Feels Yucky!: The Kids' Secret To Feeling Better. Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Masurel, C., & Denton, K. M. (2003). Two Homes. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Schmitz, T. (2008). Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce. New York: Price Stern Sloan.
Walsh, M. (2012). Living with Mom and Living with Dad. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
McBride, J. (2016). Talking to Children About Divorce: A Parent's Guide to Healthy Communication at Each Stage of Divorce. Callisto Media.
Prokop, M. S., & McCullough, H. (2001). Kids' Divorce Workbook : A Practical Guide That Helps Kids Understand Divorce Happens to the Nicest Kids. Warren, OH: Alegra House.
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