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Carter, Debra K. (in press – April, 2015) A GPS for Healthy Kids: CoParenting After Divorce,. AZ: HCI Press.

"There are two things that are extremely important for parents who are separating: they need the knowledge and child-focused tools to formulate their own parenting plan, and they need to have a process to minimize conflict as they move into the future. Debra Carter is contributing a valuable resource for these parents that gives them the practical and child-developmental tools to craft their customized plan, detailed and understandable information about the parent coordination process which can help them work through serious conflict, and communication skills for keeping on track to avoid future problems. All of this is furnished in language the parents can absorb and identify with, and is underscored with real-life scenarios." -- Hugh E. Starnes, Senior Circuit Judge, Fort Myers, Fl.    

"Dr. Carter's Guidance for Parenting System gives parents a clear road map for navigating to the most important destination: healthy children. This clear, concise guide spells out proven ways to reduce conflict and keep children's needs a top priority.  This book is  a 'must have' for divorcing parents".--JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D.  Clinical Psychologist and Child Specialist; Author, Putting Children First: Proven parenting strategies for helping children thrive through divorce.

"One of Dr. Carter's unique gifts is her ability to weed through voluminous research literatures to identify, sort out, and communicate only the most important concepts -- in a way that anyone can digest and understand. The "GPS" concept of this book is an apt and perfect metaphor for how she serves us all by illuminating the most productive paths. Parents will find great value in this book; it is a straightforward and eye-opening but "easy" read. In my view, a terrific and much-needed contribution!" -- James P. McHale, Ph.D. Prof., Dept. of Psychology & Director, Family Study Center, USF St. Petersburg; Author, Coparenting: A Conceptual and Clinical Examination of Family Systems


Carter, D. K. (2013) Parenting Coordination, in Kaslow, F. W. Divorced Fathers and Their Families: Legal, Economic, and Emotional Dilemmas, New York: Springer Science, 171-182.

“It took me a while to open this book.  Hearing about such pain as divorced fathers feel and the epithets thrown at them by their wives and society in general is an invitation easy to put aside.  But once I  did begin reading, I was very pleasantly surprised and pulled into a literary voyage that  was as illuminating as any personal story could be and as educational as a graduate degree with this title as the subject matter.

Divorced Fathers does two things quite well:  It gets the reader into the personal and emotional details that read like the best fiction, and it also reveals how the judicial system fails so consistently in the treatment of the male half of the divorce process.

As you can see, this is a no-holds barred approach to unraveling the Gordian knot of divorce, as seen through the eyes of good dads.  There are always two sides to a story, some say even three.  Well, these are the stories of divorced fathers—the good ones—and the legal, economic and emotional dilemmas they have to contend with.  As a family therapist, you may have a fair amount of experience with divorcing clients.  Now—with Dr. Kaslow’s research in hand—you can hear the rest of the story.”

                                      –David Ryback, EQ Associates International

"I just finished reading a new book that I believe many of you will find both interesting and helpful in your practice: *Divorced Fathers and Their Families: Legal, Economic, and Emotional Dilemmas* by Florence Kaslow (with expert commentaries by colleagues, including Dr. Debra K. Carter).

The book provides a good discussion of the legal, judicial, and psychological aspects of divorce; how cultural changes have changed the rights of those who divorce; and how clinicians, coaches, mediators, and others can play a positive role for those involved in divorce.  The book also brings such factors as state laws, judicial attitudes, and economic contexts down to the human level with 13 specific cases…. Experts discuss these cases from varied perspectives (e.g., Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation, Divorce Therapy, Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, Parenting Coordination, etc.)." --Ken Pope

Dr. Ken Pope, a licensed psychologist, received graduate degrees from Harvard and Yale. A diplomate in clinical psychology, he has authored or co-authored over 100 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals and books. He is a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society (APS) and a fellow of American Psychological Association.


Carter, D. K.
Parenting Coordination: A Practical Guide for Family Law Professionals

Parenting Coordination is a child-centered process for conflicted, divorced, and divorcing parents. The Parenting Coordinator (PC) makes decisions to help high-conflict parents who cannot agree to parenting decisions on their own. This professional text serves as a training manual for use in all states and provinces which utilize Parenting Coordination, addressing the intervention process and the science that supports it.

The text offers up-to-date research, a practical guide for training, service provision, and references to relevant research for quality parenting coordination practice. Specifically, this book describes the integrated model of Parenting Coordination, including the Parent Coordinator’s professional role, responsibilities, protocol for service, and ethical guidelines.

Carter, Debra. K. & Lally, S. (in press). Charting the Challenging Path Toward Establishment of Parenting Coordination’s Efficacy, in Higuchi, S. & Lally, S. (Eds.) Parenting Coordination Handbook, American Psychological Association.

Carter, D.K. & McHale, J. (2013). Protecting Generational Solidarities through Interventions with Divorcing Families - Theory, Research and Practice, in Fulchiron, H. (Ed.) Solidarity between Generations, Paris, France: Bruylant, 313-321.

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