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by Susan Boyan, M.Ed., L.M.F.T., and Ann Marie Termini, Ed.S., L.P.C.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce: Shielding Children from Conflict - a program for separating parents

This video-based program gives divorcing or separating parents the power to make positive changes that shield their children from parental conflict and guides them into establishing a long-term relationship with the child’s other parents.

Written by therapists Susan Boyan and Ann Marie Termini, it is the most extensive, informative and interactive resource to date examining the complex realities of divorce.

How the program works:
Facilitated by a trained parent educator, the 8-week program is part video and part group discussion. It is recommended for groups of 10-16 parents. Each session is designed to last 2 hours. (If you need a shorter seminar version, try the 4-hour Crossroads program.)

  • Educates parents on the impact their conflict has on their children
  • Explains children’s issues in divorce
  • Teaches parents the practical skills they need to manage anger, increase impulse control, resolve conflict and talk to each other without arguing
  • Is designed to be the “next step” for parents in counties that require divorce seminars.

The helpful Parent’s Guide provides vital information and gives real-life examples and worksheets so parents can practice their new skills at home.

Here's what you'll be teaching:

  Session 1: Child-Focused or Out of Focus: Commitment to Caring
Session 2: Plan for Peace or Tug of War: Allowing My Child to Love Both Parents
Session 3: Letting Go or Holding On: Changing My Long-Term Role
Session 4: Make It Better or Keep It Bitter: Choosing My Personal Path
Session 5: Neither Fight nor Flight: Managing My Anger
Session 6
: Defuse or Light the Fuse: Taking Control of Conflict
Session 7: All a Winner or Winner Take All: Negotiating Agreements
Session 8: Cooperation or Conflict: Co-Parenting Is Forever

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Program Kit
  - 1 DVD (36 min.)
- 1 216-page Leader’s Guide
- 1 sample Parent’s Guide
- 1 sample Parent Certificate
- Marketing Materials & Forms

Winner of a Parent's Guide to Children's Media (Parenting Division) Award!
Here's what the judges had to say:
"Divorce itself is tough on children, but constant, often bitter conflict that persists after the divorce makes it even tougher. Divorced or divorcing parents will find the workbook and video vignettes openly address likely areas of conflict and offer possible solutions that keep parents centered on what they can both agree on: the happiness and well-being of their child. Open communication and genuine respect, even amidst understandable differences, ground the conflict-resolving strategies. In the tradition of other Active Parenting series, the leader's guide is chockful of practical ideas to engage parents in the subject."

-Parent's Guide to Children's Media

"Family therapists Boyan and Termini have created an effective, sturdily constructed book-and-video set focused on managing, reducing and eliminating the conflict following a divorce. Parents are taught to keep conflict away from the kids. Thought the parent guide can be used alone and is more affordable than the set, this is a solid option for special collections supporting mental health professionals and self-help groups."

-Library Journal

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Program Kit
All you need for a complete video-and-discussion program. Also available in Spanish.

Program Kit for 4-hour seminar
Derived from Cooperative Parenting and Divorce and taught in 4-6 hours.

Leader Training
Training opportunities in this program.