Divorce, and the conflict that ensues, greatly impacts children. Intense conflict around the terms of settlement and custody presents major challenges for psychologists who work with these families. Co-parenting training can be a helpful intervention with such families. Co-parenting training differs from family therapy or couple therapy, because of a “best interests of the child” perspective and a future (not past) orientation. Informed consent, establishment of parenting policies, facilitation of co-parenting communication, and respect for boundaries are essential components.
- Identify the differences between co-parenting training and family or couple therapy.
- Demonstrate essential elements of effective co-parenting counseling.
Zimmerman, J. (2019). Co-parenting counseling with high-conflict divorced parents: challenges for psychologists at all levels of experience. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 45, 66–71.