Information for Professionals
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Clients often find it difficult to navigate the difficult task of raising their children without conflict, have children who are resistant to the parenting plan, or a parent who needs additional help beyond anger management. CNFC offers a number of interventions that can be helpful:
SHORT-TERM PARENTING COORDINATION. We formerly offered Co-Parenting Counseling as a non-confidential, brief therapeutic process. It proved to be confusing for all involved, and we realized that most clients need a short-term, non-confidential process during litigation to help attorneys, GALs and Judges determine the appropriate custody/visitation schedule based on how well the parents are able to communicate. To address that issue, we have eliminated Co-Parenting Counseling (as a brief therapeutic process) and have added Short-Term Parenting Coordination that can be done while litigation is pending under a temporary order or after litigation is over to determine if Long-Term Parenting Coordination (see below) might be in order. Short-Term PC is SIX SESSIONS ONLY (one session with each parent and four joint sessions) with no out-of-session work involved. It is designed to help co-parents refocus their relationship from its former emotional/romantic style to a new practical and business format, as well as learn a structured email protocol to manage their communication. A Parenting Coordinator can offer the tools and strategies to guide co-parents into a new way of thinking about how to raise their children without conflict. At the end of the six sessions, the PC will provide a written recommendation as to whether or not the parents would benefit from continued, Long-Term PC. The job of a PC is NOT to make custody recommendations, nor to resolve litigated issues that are better resolved with a mediator. Cost is $165 for each one-hour session, pre-paid prior to the process beginning. For more information, contact CNFC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-592-1257.
LONG-TERM PARENTING COORDINATION: This is a long-term intervention (6-18 months) that is designed to address high-conflict co-parenting relationships in which there is a history or high risk of chronic litigation. Children suffer greatly when their childhoods are defined by co-parent conflict, especially the type that leads to constant court intervention and the child being forced to choose a side. A Parenting Coordinator will not only help co-parents refocus their relationship onto the needs of the children, but also help them resolve conflicts on a regular basis rather than using the court system as their first choice of resolution. Parenting Coordinators are trained to teach, model and guide parents to engage in appropriate professional communication. They also may speak with other involved professionals, and the court if necessary, to assist both parents in adhering to the mandates of the court-ordered parenting plan in a peaceful manner. Cost is $165/hour for both in- and out-of-session work and a retainer is taken for the first 90 days. For more information, contact CNFC by emailing email@example.com or call 404-592-1257.
Visitation Resistant Children/Teens
POST-DIVORCE FAMILY THERAPY. Relationships may be strained as a result of a court case or family event in which the children are angry and beginning to resist visitation, or there has not been a six-month or more period of estrangement. In these cases, the children may be having difficulty re-establishing normal relationships with either or both parents and the family as a whole needs assistance in expressing their feelings and learning how to move beyond the difficulties of divorce or family separation. The goal of this therapy is not to reconnect the co-parents in a meaningful relationship, but to benefit the children in their ongoing relationships with both parents. However, the therapist may encourage and teach appropriate co-parenting boundaries in order to minimize conflict for the sake of the children. This therapeutic intervention is best done AFTER a court case is finalized and no legal action is pending. It is a unique form of family therapy and is executed with a similar structure and commitment of confidentiality to all family members as traditional therapeutic processes. Therefore, the therapist is not expected to testify or make verbal or written reports to anyone outside of the family.
REUNIFICATION THERAPY. This is an intervention designed to help estranged or alienated parents who have not seen their children for six months or more to reconnect with them in a healthy, productive way. This intervention requires a court-order. Length of time depends on each family situation. The Reunification Therapist is trained to identify parental alienation and will work with each family member (including the preferred and resisted parent) to promote a long-lasting connection between the children and both parents. Cost is $195/hour for both in- and out-of-session work and a retainer is taken to cover the first 90 days. For more information, contact CNFC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-592-1257.
Individual POD (Parent of Divorce) Training
When anyone’s parenting skills are called into question, it can be one of the most distressing times in his/her life. Most all parents love their children unconditionally and do not desire to hurt their children in any way, however, divorce and separation can cause such a rift between parents that they begin to become fearful of each other’s parenting styles, discipline strategies, and understanding of child development. A CNFC therapist can assist parents who may have had TPOs issued against them or have been ordered to anger management in the past but need more specific training. It is not always about staying away or controlling anger, it can often be more beneficial to get some hands-on training about how to respond to children of divorce/separation in age-appropriate mental, emotional and physical ways. Typically, the parent training happens over a 90-day period, two sessions per month, along with the client completing an online training course. At least one session will be done observing the parent with the child(ren) on or off site to assess use of skills learned. For more information contact CNFC by emailing email@example.com or call 404-592-1257.
DON’T KNOW WHICH INTERVENTION IS RIGHT FOR YOUR CASE?
A brief Conflict Assessment might be the best approach, especially if the case is still pending. CNFC will meet with you clients individually to talk to them about their concerns and goals. Then a recommendation will be made to the court or the attorneys regarding how we can best help their children and the co-parents after the case is over.
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As of January, 2021, scholarship funds are depleted, but we hope to be able to build up the fund again as COVID subsides and we are able to see more clients. We need ongoing, monthly donors to continue to offer EVERYONE these valuable services regardless of their financial situations. Please help today by registering to be a regular giver. Donations are tax-deductible.
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The Center for Navigating Family Change offers the opportunity to legal, mental health, and financial professionals to become a preferred sponsor of its mission to provide parents in transition with quality resources and educational opportunities. For more information about CNFC’s mission and goals, go to our Mission page or call 404-592-1257.
Each year, approximately 3,000-4,000 divorcing and separated parents attend our monthly court-ordered parenting seminars in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties in Georgia. As a local professional, you can have exposure on our site, where we direct the parents to go for more information and help.
Sponsorships are offered to those professionals who are experienced in working with families in transition and they will be limited to only a certain number in each field. We hope that you will decide to become involved in this exciting opportunity. When you subscribe to be a professional sponsor, you will get:
Your photo and contact information in our online Professional Directory
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A direct link to your web site
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