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The Co-parenting for Resilience Program

Cartoon picture of family that is separatedParents who are, or soon will be “ex-spouses” must still work together to benefit their child. The title “Co-parenting for Resilience” refers to strategies divorcing parents can use to work together to help their children be “resilient,” or to bounce back from the effects of a divorce and return to a normal life.

Additionally, some people may be asked to take this class for issues related to custody, paternity, legal separation, contempt, stepfamily break up, etc. Because the goals of Co-Parenting for Resilience class focus on helping the children, it addresses these situations as well.

The Co-parenting for Resilience program uses a combination of lecture, discussion, video, exercises, and example/role-playing to help parents discover new ways to help their children adjust to the divorce. The program lasts between 3-4 hours and addresses the following topics:

  • The divorce process, the emotions and experiences of each person.
  • How the parent-child relationship changes following divorce.
  • How children experience divorce, the effects of stress on children, and what they need to be successful.
  • How to talk to children about divorce.
  • Developing a co-parenting plan.
  • How to manage conflict with a co-parent
  • Using mediation to resolve disputes.
  • Financial obligations of child rearing.
  • Helping children adjust to parent separation as well as transitioning between homes.
  • Helping both parents stay involved in their children’s lives.
  • Family violence and other red flags.
  • Reconciliation as an option for some.

We know that you want the best for your children and look forward to working with you to accomplish this goal.