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Helping Children and Parents Cope with Divorce Current Research and Implications for Practice

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

12.0 CE Hours Available

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Audio Download
RRP$160.00
Offer Price$128.00
CD Audio w/ Audio Download
RRP$175.00
Offer Price$140.00
DVD Video w/ Streaming Video
RRP$200.00
Offer Price$160.00
Streaming Video
RRP$185.00
Offer Price$148.00
Extra CE Test
Price$70.00

Description

Separation and divorce present multiple challenges for children and parents as they reorganize their family structure. Current research identifies risk and protective factors associated with childrenís psychosocial and academic adjustment and provides important and specific guidance for practitioners working with these families.

This seminar will highlight relevant divorce research and discuss the implications that emerge for effective clinical practice. Therapeutic and educational interventions designed to focus parents on their childrenís needs, the impact of high conflict and ineffective parenting, and co-parenting models and communication styles will be emphasized.

Dr. Kelly will link research and practice throughout and use group exercises to focus on typical divorce dilemmas. Relevant articles and bibliography will be provided.

Topics

Overview of Risk Factors for Children

  • Protracted stress of separation
  • Diminished parenting & parent adjustment
  • Loss of important relationships
  • Putting children in the middle of disputes
  • Re-partnering and remarriage

Overview of Protective Factors

  • Good adjustment of resident & nonresident parent
  • Effective parenting of mothers & fathers
  • Meaningful involvement of nonresident parents
  • Reduced or encapsulated conflict
  • Parallel or cooperative co-parental relationship
  • Limited number of family transitions

Child Development Research & Parent Plans

  • Attachment formation & implications for separation
  • Gender differences in parenting
  • Controversies about overnights for young children
  • Parenting plans for infants and toddlers

More Parenting Plans

  • School aged children & adolescents
  • What about joint physical custody?

Overview of Risk Factors for Children

  • Protracted stress of separation
  • Diminished parenting & parent adjustment
  • Loss of important relationships
  • Putting children in the middle of disputes
  • Re-partnering and remarriage

Overview of Protective Factors

  • Good adjustment of resident & nonresident parent
  • Effective parenting of mothers & fathers
  • Meaningful involvement of nonresident parents
  • Reduced or encapsulated conflict
  • Parallel or cooperative co-parental relationship
  • Limited number of family transitions

Child Development Research & Parent Plans

  • Attachment formation & implications for separation
  • Gender differences in parenting
  • Controversies about overnights for young children
  • Parenting plans for infants and toddlers

More Parenting Plans

  • School aged children & adolescents
  • What about joint physical custody?

High Conflict Divorced Parents

  • Who are they and why do they stay angry?
  • Separation factors that consolidate anger and conflict
  • The role of personality disorders and mental illness
  • Therapeutic, structural, and systems interventions

Male & Female Domestic Violence

  • Research on differentiation of types of violence
  • Implications for safety and practice

Special Problems for Children & Parents

  • When a child becomes alienated from a parent
  • Case management & therapeutic interventions
  • Reunification therapy when absent parents re-appear

Specialized Non-Therapeutic Interventions for Mental Health Professionals

  • Divorce and Parenting Plan Consultant
  • Parenting Coordination ñ What is it?
  • Divorce Coach ñ Collaborative law