This seminar presents a comprehensive overview of the definition, role, responsibilities, and functions of the parenting coordinator. Parenting coordination is an out-of-court dispute resolution process designed to assist co-parents in managing parenting disputes, minimize litigation, and shield the children from harmful interparental conflict. The integrated model of parenting coordination highlights factors leading to entrenched child-related disputes, the pathways and personalities that lead parents to enduring conflict, and specialized interventions to address intractable conflict. This program will focus on practice issues including (1) types of orders needed; (2) ethics; (3) how to begin and effectively manage these difficult cases; and, (4) professional liability issues.
- Participants in this two-day training program will learn to:
- Describe the mechanisms for defining the authority of the parenting coordinator in the court order or consent agreement, including oversight by and communication with the court.
- Describe the phases of the integrated model of parenting coordination along with the goals and progression of the process.
- Distinguish parenting coordination from other professional roles and dispute resolution processes. Identify the types of conflict most destructive for children and utilize interventions to protect children from interparental conflict.
- Identify and apply strategic interventions for crisis management within the parenting coordination process.
- Utilize guidelines and ethical standards for parenting coordinators to structure the process. Utilize relevant social science research to inform parenting coordination interventions.
- Distinguish cases that are inappropriate for parenting coordination.
Debra K. Carter, PhD is a clinical and forensic psychologist, a certified family law mediator and a qualified parenting coordinator. She is also the co-founder and training director of the National Cooperative Parenting Center (NCPC) which offers services to the mental health and legal communities in North America and around the globe. Dr. Carter is a leading researcher on the efficacy of parenting coordination and the author of Parenting Coordination: A Practical Guide for Family Law Professionals and Co-Parenting After Divorce: A GPS for Healthy Kids, in addition to numerous chapters and articles on family law matters. Dr. Carter is on the faculty at the University of South Florida and current Chair of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Parenting Coordination Guidelines Revision Task Force. She is past president of the Florida Chapter of AFCC and has received numerous state and national awards for her valuable contribution to the field of psychology, family law, and parenting coordination.