Co-Parenting Counseling is a confidential process, focused on building communication and collaborative co-parenting skills so that divorced parents may share information about their children with each other, coordinate their parenting efforts, implement their parenting plan, and make necessary decisions about their children together. Although a co-parenting counselor may make recommendations to the parents, he or she has no authority to make recommendations to the Court and may not be compelled to provide recommendations to the Court or to testify. The goal is to help the parents develop the skills to function effectively as co-parents and to make decisions on their own.
Child Specialist Consultation
Consulting with a parenting expert can be helpful to assist you in understanding the needs of children who experience divorce. Consultations can be provided to one parent or both parents together.
Court Ordered or Court Involved Therapeutic Interventions
These interventions are designed to make changes in the family dynamic. They involve individual or family work to assist in reducing conflict, facilitating parenting agreements, revise existing parenting plans to address children’s needs or repair damaged parent-child relationships. These interventions sometimes involve one parent or one parent and the child, the child only, or both parents.
Mediation of parenting issues is a process designed to help parents make their own plans for their involvement with their children. It provides structure at a time when communication is often difficult. Mediation allows a neutral third person to create a setting where each party can fully describe his or her own point of view. The mediator assists parents by helping couples identify and potentially, resolve custody and access issues. The psychologist helps parents communicate in an informal, non-adversarial and confidential setting. A mediator does not have any decision making authority. If a voluntary, mutually acceptable agreement is reached at mediation, it is written up for review by the parties and their attorneys (if represented). The agreement can be signed with your lawyers and can be submitted to the Court for review and, if approved, entered by a judge.
Parenting coordination is a process agreed to by the parents or ordered by a court, whereby a neutral parenting expert becomes involved in assisting the parents across a number of domains. The task of the parenting coordinator includes helping the parents implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between parents, providing education and making recommendations… (more)
The Perspectives Program is a court supported intervention that utilizes a team approach to intervention and consists of three Registered Psychologists’ who specialize in the area of child and adolescent development and separated families in conflict… (more)
Reunification counseling is often recommended when a child has been separated from a parent. The reasons for this separation can vary, from the child having an affinity for one parent over another, an estrangement due to neglect or abuse, absence due to incarceration, or parental alienation. This counseling is often ordered by the Court or suggested by the lawyers working with the family. The goal of reunification therapy is to help the child and parent reconcile their relationship in a safe atmosphere.
The Parenting Expert evaluates the family in order to provide the Court with recommendations concerning the type of intervention(s) that may best meet the needs of the family. The recommendations may be to provide various forms of therapeutic support to the family, to obtain additional information, to identify issues or needs that require examination in more detail or to obtain an assessment to determine parenting time, parenting responsibilities, custody or access.
Legal consultations often involve discussions with lawyers about the potential roles a psychologist can play in working with families in post-divorce conflict in general or as they may pertain to a particular file.
Litigation support includes all activities designed to assist a lawyer with management of their client files. Litigation support may include a critical review of an assessment in view of standards of practice as set out within the professions of psychology. These critiques can provide comment on the social science research in light of the data provided within the assessment report. Other services include assisting lawyers with preparation to cross examination an expert witnesses from a psychological point of view.