Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is a psychoeducational program designed to improve the quality of the parental relationship in situations of divorce. The overall emphasis is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from being caught in the middle of parental conflict.
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is an innovative program that puts children first while creating promising solutions that focus on education, intervention, mediation, and the prevention of parental conflict.
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce utilizes a group format to explore the issues associated with divorce. The Program consists of eight, two-hour weekly sessions designed for parents demonstrating mild to moderate levels of parental conflict.
The Goals of the group format include:
- Assisting parents in shifting their roles from former spouses to co-parents.
- Educating parents regarding the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development.
- Helping parents identify their contributions to conflict while increasing impulse control.
- Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills, and children’s issues in divorce.
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits the children by:
- Reducing the children’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases.
- Diminishing the children’s sense of loyalty binds.
- Allowing the children to love both parents.
- Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the children to adjust more effectively.
- Teaching effective communication and conflict resolution skills as modeled by their parents.
- Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the children’s lives.
- Ensuring the children’s safety through open parental communication.