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From March 09, 2023 to March 24, 2023

Barbara Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., AccFM, FDRP PC & Shely Polak, Ph.D.,RSW, AccFM

This 4-day introductory course is a small group virtual training opportunity (Zoom “meeting” format) suitable for mental health professionals, mediators and lawyers interested in practicing parenting coordination. No previous experience or knowledge of parenting coordination is required. The curriculum complies with FDRIO and AFCC PC Guidelines (2019) for trainers. Using interactive exercises, role plays, case examples, and small group focused discussion, the following topics are covered:

  • roles & functions of the parenting coordinator
  • research update on parenting coordination
  • social science literature & research on topics relevant to working with high conflict separated/divorced parents: the impact of separation/divorce and parent conflict on children & adolescents; risk/resiliency factors; models of coparenting; parenting styles & effectiveness; and parent-child contact problems)
  • nuts & bolts of the parenting coordination process: responding to initial queries; referral management; intake; informed consent & contracting, review of PC Agreement; parent education, consensus building phase (conflict-resolution, coparenting work, facilitation & negotiation); specialized skills for working with high conflict coparenting; case management; involvement of collateral sources; and, arbitration process (relevant arbitration legislation & regulations, procedures & writing of awards)
  • professional guidelines & training requirements; ethical issues, tricky issues & lessons learned(ing)
  • involvement of children (1/2 day): risk & benefits of including children in dispute resolution processes; research overview on children’s involvement, reliability of child reports, interviewing protocols

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