In the Best Interests of the Child: How Therapists Can Support Clients During and After Divorce
Therapists who work with divorcing clients often hear about confusion and frustration with the legal process, and in particular, the stress related to child custody, parenting plans and co-parenting relationships. The process can be over-whelming, and clients need to make important decisions with long-term consequences at a time when they are often in extreme emotional states, trying to manage the short-term one day at a time. This workshop will have two primary objectives: first, to educate therapists about the various legal processes associated with divorce and custody, such as mediation, custody evaluation, parenting time expediting, and co-parenting consultation. The second objective will be to provide therapists with useful perspectives and tools to use with their clients during a divorce process. Scenarios will be used to demonstrate best-practice approaches, as well as to help therapists understand some of the ethical pitfalls that can emerge when working with these clients.