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The Psychotherapist As Parent Coordinator in High-Conflict Divorce

Strategies and Techniques

By Susan Boyan, Ann Marie Termini

Routledge – 2004 – 402 pages

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Description

Develop a Parent Coordination program and minimize high stress for children of divorce!

This book offers a practical model for psychotherapists working as parent coordinators in collaboration with the Courts. The Psychotherapist As Parent Coordinator in High-Conflict Divorce: Strategies and Techniques provides professionals with an understanding of high-conflict divorce and its impact on children and families. This comprehensive guide lays out a step by step roadmap with tools and directives to help therapists develop and market a parent coordination practice.

In The Psychotherapist As Parent Coordinator in High-Conflict Divorce: Strategies and Techniques, you’ll learn to diffuse parental conflict while teaching parents to remain child-focused. You’ll also find techniques and strategies for dealing with various behaviors commonly exhibited by conflicted parents. This book examines additional factors such as unresolved anger, over-involved step-parents, and the impact of alcohol, abuse, and personality disorders while showing how to maintain control in a variety of situations.

The Psychotherapist As Parent Coordinator in High-Conflict Divorce: Strategies and Techniques gives you vital information and
recommendations on:

  • the child’s developmental, physical, and emotional needs
  • time-sharing arrangements and parenting plans
  • how to understand and work effectively with the legal system
  • how to manage and minimize parental alienation
  • how to teach communication and conflict resolution skills
  • how to work with emotionally impared parents
  • and much more
In addition to numerous tables and charts, The Psychotherapist As Parent Coordinator in High-Conflict Divorce: Strategies and Techniques provides methods of parental communication, time-sharing plans, and additional reading sources. More importantly, the appendix provides reproducible forms for your own parent coordination practice, including:
  • standards of practice for parent coordination
  • sample stipulation appointing a parent coordinator
  • sample contracts
  • a checklist for structuring parent coordination sessions
  • a checklist for parenting plans

Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. The Impact of Divorce
  • Professional Reactions to Divorcing Families
  • The Adult Perspective
  • The Binuclear Family Perspective
  • The Extended Family Perspective
  • The Tribal Perspective
  • Never-Married-Parents Perspective
  • Chapter 2. Divorce and Parental Conflict: The Child’s Perspective
  • Reactions of Children
  • Factors that Influence Children’s Adjustment
  • Coping Styles of Children of Divorce
  • Parental Conflict
  • The Role of Parents in Children’s Recovery
  • Chapter 3. The Role of Parent Coordinator
  • The Problem and the Solution
  • History and Growth of Parent Coordination
  • Statutory Authorization
  • Appointment of the Parent Coordinator
  • Referral Sources
  • Areas of Decision-Making Authority
  • Common Practices
  • Parent Coordinators versus Other Helping Professionals
  • The Cooperative Parenting Institute Model
  • Chapter 4. Implementing a Parent Coordination Program
  • CPI Parent Coordination Model Overview
  • General Systems Perspective
  • Program Components
  • Financial Concerns and Time Commitment
  • Theoretical Principles
  • Methodology
  • Educational Foundation
  • Getting Started
  • Marketing Your Program
  • Appendix: Resources for Understanding Family Violence
  • Chapter 5. The Legal System
  • Employing a Systems Perspective
  • Working with the Legal System
  • Confidentiality versus Privilege
  • Handling a Subpoena
  • Working with Attorneys
  • Working with a Guardian ad Litem
  • The Legal Perspective
  • Chapter 6. Custody and Cooperation
  • Custody Options
  • The Label of Custody
  • Living Arrangements
  • Joint Custody: What Works and What Doesn’t
  • Is Joint Custody the Panacea?
  • Authors’ Views on Custody
  • Cooperation
  • Barriers to Cooperative Coparenting
  • Parallel Parenting
  • Chapter 7. Time-Sharing Options
  • Considerations
  • Age and Developmental Stages
  • Temperament and Attachment
  • Other Family Factors
  • Plans Based on Child’s Age and Level of Parental Conflict
  • Specific Time-Sharing Plans
  • Equal Time-Sharing Plans
  • Long-Distance Plans
  • Transitions Between Homes
  • Supervised Visitation and Therapeutic Visitation
  • Chapter 8. The Intervention Phase
  • Initial Interview
  • Types of Sessions
  • Joint Sessions
  • Extended Family Sessions and Significant Others
  • The Stepparent Factor
  • Timing and Pacing of Sessions
  • Chapter 9. Facilitating Effective Communication
  • Designing an Effective Communication System
  • Alternative Parent Communication
  • Parent-Child Communication
  • Teaching Communication Skills
  • Teaching Negotiating Skills
  • Communication Metaphors
  • Chapter 10. Managing Angry Parents
  • The Angry Parent
  • Anger versus Aggression and Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence and Custody Disputes
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
  • Anger and Emotional Abuse
  • Safety Measures
  • Anger-Management Techniques
  • Chapter 11. General Techniques and Strategies
  • Encouraging Cooperation and Fostering Commitment
  • Mutual Goal Setting
  • Facilitating Parental Responsibility for Behaviors
  • Maintaining a Child Focus
  • Equalizing Power
  • Increasing Parental Respect
  • Guiding the Problem-Solving Process
  • Encouraging Exceptions and Amplifying Change
  • The Power of Metaphors
  • Application of Effective Storytelling

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