This course will attempt to provide a basic understanding of the role of the psychologist within the field of divorce: therapeutic and psycho-legal.
It aims to take on a practical approach to navigating the challenges as a professional when working with families, who find themselves in a system rendered chaotic and dysfunctional by elevated conflict between parents.
Within the field professionals can assist families in various roles: therapeutic, investigative, as mediator or as Parenting Coordinator.
These roles will be outlined and explored with a focus on understanding the differences and related responsibilities.
Included in this is an exploration of the following processes and concepts:
- Effective communicating with potential clients at the onset of a therapeutic or psycho-legal process to ensure clarity around the role of the professional.
- The invaluable safety net of supervision.
- An exploration of certain guidelines in the Children’s Act such as The Best Interest of the Child Standard and Parenting Plans.
- The concepts of attachment, alignment, alienation, enmeshment, and estrangement
- The voice of the child
- Parenting Coordination
- Bonding therapy or re-integrative therapy