2011 Pre-convention workshop on Parenting Coordination

“Core Training in Parenting Coordination” to be offered August 2-3, 2011

by Legal & Regulatory Affairs Staff

April 28, 2011—The APA Practice Directorate is conducting a pre-APA convention institute, “Core Training in Parenting Coordination” on August 2-3.

Parenting Coordination (PC) is a non-adversarial process that aims to minimize the impact of high-conflict custody disputes through parent education, mediation, conflict resolution and intensive case management. It is designed to help parents implement and comply with their parenting plans, make timely decisions in a manner consistent with children’s developmental and psychological needs, and reduce the amount of damaging conflict between caretaking adults to which children are exposed. The underlying principle of the PC intervention is a continuous focus on children’s best interests.

This two-day workshop is designed for psychologists and other professionals who work with separating and divorcing families. It will provide core concepts and skills that can be complemented by additional specialized training to fulfill the requirements for PC practice in many states. This institute immediately precedes the 2011 APA convention on August 4-7.

Parents who are in chronic high conflict pose particular difficulties for the courts, the professionals who are involved with them and their children. This workshop will examine the role and functions of the parenting coordinator and the interventions helpful to reduce conflict. Focus will be on the psychological dynamics in high conflict families and the impact on their children. Special topics such as working with parents with substance abuse and/or mental illness, involving children in the PC process, culturally competent practice, and resolving ethical dilemmas will be discussed. Practical parenting coordination techniques and decision making methods will be highlighted. APA has recently released new guidelines for the Practice of Parenting Coordination. These guidelines (PDF, 210 KB) will be used to illustrate recommended practices.

Online registration is now open at the Maryland Psychological Association website and includes 12 CE credits for psychologists. This workshop features a leading panel of experts and is jointly sponsored by the APA Practice Organization and the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA).  

A reception sponsored by the APA Insurance Trust will be held on August 2 following the first day of workshop programming. The reception will feature remarks by distinguished contributors to the field of PC and provide an opportunity to network with legal, judicial and mental health professionals. All workshop participants are welcome to attend.

APA and Parenting Coordination

The APA Practice Directorate has been involved in the development of PC as an emerging area of practice for psychologists since 2004. APA has promoted the development of PC practice in a number of ways, including: offering in-person and online training opportunities; developing practice guidelines for psychologists; supporting PC research; and increasing the availability of PC services for low-income families.

Additional Resources

The Parenting Coordination Project Implementation and Outcomes Study Report (PDF, 742 KB) examines the Washington, DC, Parenting Coordination Program's impact on parents, children and court outcomes.


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