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Release Date: October 27, 2017
Over the past fifty years, social scientists have explored a wide range of issues related to parental divorce and parenting after separation. This interest was sparked, at least in part, by the growth in the number of families with children whose parents are living apart from each other. With increases in divorce rates and social acceptance of diverse family structures, the interest in how children are affected, post-divorce parenting and legal issues, and the types of interventions that can help families navigate the divorce transition have all become important areas of research.
The past 10 years in particular have produced an emerging body of research on parental separation and child well-being that has challenged many of the assumptions and practice wisdom still prevalent in family counseling.
This basic-level course offers an updated evidence base related to key factors in parental separation and divorce that are associated with positive outcomes for children and families. With an emphasis on the child’s best interest, the course walks practitioners through parenting children during and after parents separate based on the child’s biopsychosocial and developmental needs. Common problems and appropriate resolutions are described, along with special considerations such as family violence, parental alienation, same sex couples, and relocation. The course focuses on the importance of non-adversarial conflict resolution and continued involvement of both parents in children’s lives within a cooperative co-parenting relationship. A range of interventions for use with divorcing families and highly-conflicted parents are examined, including family mediation, divorce education, family therapy, bird’s nest arrangements, parallel parenting, and co-parenting agreements. Case examples illustrate the key learning points throughout the course.
- Identify the effects of parental separation on children and key factors associated with their positive adjustment.
- Identify the effects of divorce on parents.
- Describe divorce education programs and interventions for common problems in divorced families.
- Explain the concept of cooperative co-parenting and a framework for cooperative parenting plans.
- Describe intervention approaches for different parenting constellations following divorce.
- Recognize special considerations for separated families who experience domestic violence, parental alienation, new relationships, same-sex partnerships, reproductive issues, and geographic relocation.
Edward Kruk, MSW, PhD, is an associate professor of social work at the University of British Columbia, specializing in child and family policy. Dr. Kruk also practices family mediation and divorce counseling in Vancouver. His research projects have focused on parenting after divorce, family mediation, and parental alienation. He has more than 40 years of clinical and community work experience as a professional social worker. He received his BA and MSW degrees from the University of Toronto and his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied as a National Welfare Fellow. His professional experience also includes a faculty appointment with the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work, family practice with Catholic Family Services in Calgary, medical social work practice with the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, school social work practice with the Metro Separate School Board in Toronto, and child protection work with the Metro and Catholic Children’s Aid Societies in Toronto. Dr. Kruk is the author of Divorce and Disengagement: Patterns of Fatherhood Within and Beyond Marriage (Fernwood, 1993), Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Social Work and the Human Services (Nelson-Hall, 1997), Divorced Fathers: Children’s Needs and Parental Responsibilities (Fernwood, 2011), and The Equal Parent Presumption: Social Justice in the Legal Determination of Parenting After Divorce (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013), and he has published widely in a variety of academic and professional journals. He is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today on matters related to co-parenting after divorce and hosts a weekly radio show on this topic. Dr. Kruk is the current president of the International Council on Shared Parenting.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- Glenn Stone is the Chairperson of the Department of Social Work at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is the author of several articles on the topic of divorce adjustment and coauthor of a book on nonresidential fathers entitled Fathering at Risk: Helping Nonresidential Fathers.