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Helping Clients Through Separation, Divorce, Co-parenting and Blending
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Monday, Nov, 30, 2020 09.30 AM to 12.40 PM EST
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Monday, May, 24, 2021
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Dr. Joseph Tropper
Dr. Joseph Tropper, PsyD, MS, LCPC
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CE Director & Clinical Supervisor

Joseph Tropper, PsyD, MS, LCPC holds a Doctorate in Psychology, a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and is a highly sought-after trau... Show More


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Course Description:
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.
Learning Objectives:
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.

    Family Blending
    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.

    Intellectual Style:
    McBride, J. (2016). Talking to Children About Divorce: A Parent's Guide to Healthy Communication at Each Stage of Divorce. Callisto Media.

     Workbook Style:
    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.
    CE Credits:
     3 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)
    Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same credit status as live in person by New York, Maryland and many other State boards. Please confirm with your local board.
    Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: This course provides 3 Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar). 
    Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.
    ASWB ACE Approved:
    Core Wellness LLC, #1745, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Core Wellness LLC, #1745 maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/18/2020 to 05/18/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education credits (in person or live online).

    NBCC ACEP Approved
    Core Wellness, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7094. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Core Wellness, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    Cancellation, Policies and Refunds:
    Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who complete the course. Registration is open until the course sells out (when this occurs, purchase option is disabled). We recommend signing up early to secure your spot and for early bird pricing. We provide a full refund upon request for cancellations submitted seven (7) calendar days before the webinar date. Cancellations received after that time frame will be granted: a transfer, credit or recorded webinar access, when available. For further questions, please see the FAQ section or contact us. In the rare event of a training cancellation, a notification and full refund (for the course fee only) will be automatically sent to you via your email on file.
    Accessibility Accommodations:
    To request an accommodation, please contact us with at least two weeks prior notice.
    Financial Declarations:
    The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of his/her personal books and products.


    Helping Clients Through Separation, Divorce, Co-parenting and Blending
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    • The Psychology and Process of Separation and Divorce 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Life After Divorce 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 15 Min Break 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Life After Divorce (continued) 11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
    • Blending vs. Bleeding 11:35 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Individual and Family Shifts; Personal & Co-parenting Foundations 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    • Resources; Q&A 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

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    It was full of so much information! Great to have the handouts to look back on. Presenter was extremely knowledgeable.

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    This was an excellent workshop providing information and strategies.

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