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Children are generally the ones most profoundly impacted by divorce. Their world is often confused and dark as they watch their once adored behemoth parents fight battles that frequently don’t have to be fought.
The behavior and choices of each parent directly impacts their child’s emotional, spiritual and even physical wellbeing. This course will show therapists how to best support their clients in promoting cooperative coparening that fosters healthy and resilient children, one side at a time.
We will first explore the often overlooked aspects of each individual parent’s worldview and internal needs and wants and the child’s emotional outlay and show how this directly impacts coparenting. We will then set down effective rules and skills for healthy coparenting including communication and conflict resolution skills. We will define amicable vs. high conflict divorce and the time frames of separation to years after divorce and set down skills and expectations for each time period.
We will review many techniques and interventions to help establish stability for children of divorce and address special cases including addition, new romantic partners, parental alienation, and legal considerations.
This course is a must for every coparent and therapist supporting the coparenting process.
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the psychological experiences of divorced parents and children, and recognize signs of healthy co-parenting versus high-conflict divorce.
- Develop effective communication skills and negotiation techniques for promoting cooperative co-parenting.
- Apply strategies to overcome common obstacles in co-parenting and foster respect, empathy, and shared values.
- Navigate special cases and challenges related to co-parenting, such as addiction or challenging family dynamics and the legal system.
- Utilize available co-parenting tools, resources, and legal considerations to support families in achieving cooperative co-parenting arrangements.
Sources and Resources (click to expand):
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Baker, A. J. L., & Fine, P. R. (2017). Surviving Parental Alienation: A Journey of Hope and Healing.
Bonnell, K., & Papernow, P. (2018). The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating, to Getting Serious, to Forming a "Blended Family".
Childress, C. A. (2015). An Attachment-Based Model of Parental Alienation: Foundations.
Covert, T. J. (2019). Divorcing and Healing from a Narcissist: Emotional and Narcissistic Abuse Recovery. Co-parenting after an Emotionally Destructive Marriage and Splitting up with a Toxic Ex.
Eddy, B. (2010). BIFF: Quick Responses to High-Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns. HCI.
Eddy, B., & Borland, M. L. (2020). Don't Alienate the Kids! Raising Resilient Children While Avoiding High-Conflict Divorce. Unhooked Books.
Eddy, B., & Kreger, R. (2021). Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder. New Harbinger Publications.
Emery, R. E. (2019). Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime. Avery.
Kelly, J. B., & Johnston, J. R. (2016). The alienated child: A reformulation of parental alienation syndrome. Family Court Review, 54(3), 384-398.
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Prokop, M. S. (2000). Kids' Divorce Workbook: A Practical Guide That Helps Kids Understand Divorce Happens to the Nicest Kids (revised).
Rosenberg, M. B. (2015). Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. PuddleDancer Press.
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Warshak, R. A., et al. (2010). Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing.
Wonders, L. L. (2021). When Parents Are at War: A Child Therapist's Guide to Navigating High Conflict Divorce and Custody Cases. Independently published.
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