|Parent Coaching for High-Conflict Families
has a tremendous impact on families, and recovery is often difficult.
However, some families encounter conflicts that continue long after the
divorce process has been concluded. As parent conflict continues, many
divorced couples repeatedly engage the Domestic Relations Court as a
way to resolve their arguments. This may have limited effect, as the
Court system cannot remedy certain attitudes, beliefs and behaviors
that lead to ongoing struggles.
Parent Coaching helps divorced parents who demonstrate chronic
conflicts devise ways of communicating with one another, so that
adversarial interactions occur less often.
Parent Coaching for High-Conflict Families typically begins with
individual sessions for each parent, so that the concerns and needs of
each parent can be well-understood before conjoint sessions begin.
Conjoint sessions are often structured regarding a particular issue
that is proven to be problematic (such as the nature, quality and
frequency of parental communication) and strategies are proposed for
problem-solving. Within conjoint sessions, concrete plans may be
devised so that transfers of care of the children and other parent
interactions occur more smoothly and take place according to
Although the agreements that may be reached within Parent Coaching
sessions are not mandated by the court, these agreements often
represent a “first step” toward avoiding further legal
intervention for divorced families who have experienced chronic