Parenting Coordination Core Curriculum (3 Day)

Learning Level: Varied 

CE Credits:  28 General CLER Credits including 3.0 Ethics, .50 Substance Abuse and .50 Mental Illness Awareness; and  4.0 hours of Domestic Violence for Family and Dependency Mediators. This course has been approved for continuing education credits by the American Psychological Association.

Parenting Coordination is a newly emerging area of practice for professionals. A parenting coordinator typically helps high conflict parenting partners to implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between parents and/or legal guardians, providing education, making recommendations to the parties, and making decisions within the scope of the court order of appointment. In some cases, parenting coordinators may also be asked to develop a parenting plan or modify an existing parenting plan.

Parenting Coordination Defined

This seminar is a core curriculum training and presents a comprehensive overview of the definition, role, responsibilities and function of the Parenting Coordinator in jurisdictions across North America. Parenting Coordination is an out-of-court intervention for high conflict parents who choose an alternative dispute resolution process to assist them in managing parenting disputes and minimizing litigation. The integrated model of Parenting Coordination is an ongoing family resource where parenting concepts are described. Factors leading to entrenched child disputes, the pathways and personalities that lead to enduring conflict, and specialized interventions focused on high parent conflict are also included. This seminar is 3 days and focuses on practice issues such as types of orders needed, ethics, how to begin and effectively manage these difficult cases as well as professional liability issues.

Learner Objectives:

  • Learn the process and practice of the Integrated Model (the most widely used and respected model) of Parenting Coordination.
  • Acquire conflict resolution techniques to use with high conflict parents
  • Discover the latest empirical research on factors associated with risk in children following divorce
  • Explain the importance of crafting parenting time-sharing arrangements that ensure a stable and consistent environment for children.
  • Identify judicial system procedures in domestic relation cases
  • Understand the guidelines and ethical standards for parenting coordinators

This twenty-eight hour course meets the training standards established in the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts Guidelines for Parenting Coordination Comprehensive Training and the American Psychological Association Parenting Coordination Guidelines. It also meets the requirements of many other state and provinces’ regulations. Many areas have also established circuit-specific requirements for serving as a Parenting Coordinator. **Check your local area to determine if any additional training is required.**

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