CHILDREN FIRST: Co-Parenting Support Services
Co-Parenting Workshop Program:
ü A minimum of two (2) workshop groups will be run concurrently.
ü Two groups allow each parent to participate separately from their child(ren)’s other parent.
ü Workshops are comprised of thirteen (13) 90-minute meetings.
ü Individual parents can attend without the other parent.
ü A certificate of completion will be given at the end to those that complete all of the assigned activities, attend the required number of sessions, and pay all fees.
Description: This workshop focuses on developing
co-parenting skills. Parents will
develop skills to help them navigate through the hostility and conflict
that occur around communication with the other co-parent, scheduling,
school activities, holidays, decision making, and new partners, as well as
other topics. The primary book for
this workshop is:
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce: Shielding Your Child From Conflict
Susan Blyth Boyan, M.Ed., LMFT & Ann Marie Termini, M.S., LPC
Additional materials are also used from these books:
The Co-Parenting SURVIVAL GUIDE: Letting Go of
Conflict after a Difficult Divorce
Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D. & Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D., New Harbinger, 2001.
Communication: a Language of Compassion
Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Workshops Facilitated by:
Max August, M.A. Syd Walters, M.A., LMFT
Gabrielle Viethen, MA., LPCC, LMFT Kathleen Oweegon, Mediator
Marie Harrison, RN, BSN, M.S.W. Philip Crump, Mediator
Other services available by appointment at selected
o Supervised transfer of children between co-parents using Children’s Rights Council trained monitors
o RAINBOWS support groups for children to help them cope with the grief of separation and divorce.
MAKING CO-PARENTING WORK *
parenting issues from spousal issues.
ü Create clear boundaries for the new co-parenting relationship.
ü Disengage in all areas except parenting.
ü Formalize parenting roles and responsibilities.
ü Use a business relationship as your model.
ü Monitor your own thinking.
ü Redefine the relationship in your own mind.
ü Compartmentalize the present parenting role from the past spousal role.
ü Think and talk about the other parent as a co-parent or business partner; quit using negative labels.
SEVEN KEYS TO SOUND CO-PARENTING *
* Adapted from: Divorce & New Beginnings, Genevieve Clapp, Ph.D., 2000