AFCC Webinars

Parent Education for Divorcing and Separating Families: Are We Accomplishing our Goals?

Irwin Sandler, PhD, Karey L. O’Hara, PhD

October 12, 2021
1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US/Canada

Registration closes October 11, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time US

Parent Education for Divorcing and Separating Families: Are We Accomplishing our Goals?

Family courts around the world encourage -- and many require -- separating and divorcing parents to attend educational programs to improve children’s post-separation experience. But some question whether children truly benefit. This webinar will provide an overview of program goals and examine existing literature that describes the programs that are being implemented in the courts. The review will focus on what evaluations have shown about the state of the evidence of parent education programs in the courts and whether they are accomplishing the goals that have been set. Future directions for court use of parent education programs will be discussed.

This webinar is eligible for up to one hour of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20

Irwin Sandler, PhD has published major reviews of the literature on parent education programs in the family courts and in other settings. He has been a member of the working group of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine that produced a landmark review of preventive interventions for children and adolescents and has been a co-author on a paper describing standards of evidence for preventive interventions. He is the co-developer and evaluator of the New Beginnings Program that has published multiple studies demonstrating long-term benefits for children following divorce.

Karey L. O’Hara, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 2017. She completed a clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University and an NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University’s REACH Institute. Her research lies at the intersection of prevention science, child mental health, and family law. She conducts research on the ways that children and parents adjust after stressful events in the family, such as parental divorce, bereavement, and incarceration. Her current work focuses on designing interventions so that they are informed by science, easy to use, and effective in promoting children’s mental health and well-being. Her work is currently funded by a career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health (K01MH120321).