Parenting Coordination Training
November 4, 2020 – November 6, 2020
Please note the training will be held virtually this year, not in person.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The workshop will introduce the practice of Parenting Coordination (PC) as a professional role. Parenting Coordination is a court appointed and child-focused process that assists divorcing parents who have difficulty resolving custody and visitation issues and/or implementing their custodial plan. The PC acts as a facilitator and impartial decision-maker on behalf of the children when disputes arise. Current law, practice and profession guidelines, ethics, issues in divorce, and mediation and conflict resolution skills will be presented and applied.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
8:15-10:15 NC General Statue 50-90; Role of PC
10:15-12:00 Professional Guidelines and Ethics
1:00-3:00 Getting Started as a PC
3:00-5:00 Dynamics of High Conflict Families
Thursday, November 5, 2020
8:00-10:00 Child Issues in Divorce
10:00-12:00 Parent Issues in Divorce
12:45-2:00 Panel Discussion
2:00-3:00 Diversity Issues: Culture, Gender, and Religion
3:00-5:00 High Conflict and Special Issues
Friday, November 6, 2020
8:00-8:45 PCs in Action: Films and Discussion
8:45-10:00 Effective Communication & De-Escalation Strategies
10:00-11:30 Mediation and Conflict Resolution Techniques
11:30-12:00 Decision Tree
1:00-3:30 Getting Started, Writing Decisions
3:30-5:00 Case Discussion and Conclusions
Learning Objectives of the Training
- State four parts of the law and five important guidelines governing practice and their application in beginning PC work.
- Describe three sources of conflict in divorce and family interaction.
- Name five legal and developmental issues in high conflict encounters.
- Describe the contributions of parents’ personality characteristics to conflict.
- Name three ways in which PCs should attend to diversity in their cases.
- Name three types of interventions used in PC sessions.
- Describe how to write a PC decision.
For psychologists, training is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the Center for Cooperative Parenting in cooperation with Judicial District 15B. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Parent Coordination training is offered for 24 hours of Continuing Education Credits. To receive Continuing Education Credits, as a psychologist, you must be present for the entire workshop, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets. No credits will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of the morning and and/or afternoon sessions. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of the training.
For NC attorneys, this program has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar for 22.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit, including 2.0 hours of professionalism/ethics.
Charles Anderson, JD: Retired judge, Mediator, Board Member of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
John Bowman, JD: Family Law Attorney, Mediator, Parenting Coordinator, Guardian ad Litem, Board Member of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
April Harris-Britt, Ph.D: Licensed Practicing Psychologist, HSP-P, Parenting Coordinator, Board Member of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
Marie Hopper, JD: Family Law Attorney, Parenting Coordinator, Guardian ad Litem, Board Member of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
Erica Blystone, LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Parenting Coordinator, Board Member of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
Cynthia Sortisio, Ph.D: Licensed Practicing Psychologist, HSP-P, Parenting Coordinator, Guardian ad Litem, President of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
Catherine Forneris, Ph.D., J.D.: Licensed Practicing Psychologist, HSP-P, Attorney, Parenting Coordinator, Board Member of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
Jaye Meyer, J.D.: Family Law Attorney, Parenting Coordinator, Board Member of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
Kit Stanley, Director of Family Visitation Services, Guardian ad Litem, Secretary of the Center for Cooperative Parenting
Register for Parenting Coordination Training
Fee on or before October 1 = $550
Fee after October 1 = $600
No Refunds after October 15, 2020
All cancellations charged a non-refundable $50.00
Fees include continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks
Online payment is coming soon. You may also mail a check for your registration fee payable to:
Training will be held virtually this year.
Prices remain the same.