Serving the needs of separated and divorcing families

Parenting Coordination Reference Manual



The Parenting Coordination Reference Manual is over 480 pages that provides you everything you need to prepare, plan and intervene as a parenting coordinator. The Manual offers information about how to be appointed as a parenting coordinator, and how to help parents disengage from the blame game and become focused on their children and their adjustment. It offers child development and time-sharing information, legal terminology, writing parenting plans and much more. In addition, important information about the impaired parent and how to avoid making matters worse with this difficult population is outlined in an easy to read format. Furthermore, this text includes a tremendous number of techniques, educational activities and structural interventions to offer tools to the professional working with angry, blaming, and challenging high-conflict parents.

Parenting Coordination Reference Manual



Chapter 1. The Impact of Divorce and Separation                                                              

The Adult Perspective

Characteristics of High-Conflict Parents

The Binuclear Family

The Extended Family

Impasses of Divorce

Chapter 2. The Child’s Perspective                                                                                                                          Reactions of Children

Factors that Influence Adjustment

Post-Divorce Adjustment Styles

Risk Factors

Protective Factors

Negative Impact of Parental Conflict

Three-Styles of Coparenting

Chapter 3. The Role of Parent Coordinator

History and Growth of Parent Coordination

Appointment of the Parent Coordinator

Common Practices


Role and Responsibility

PC versus Other Helping Professionals

Chapter 4. Understanding the Legal System

Family Systems

Custodial Trends

Legal Terminology

Working with the Legal Professional

Chapter 5. The Cooperative Parenting Model         

Theoretical Principals

Function and Role


Educational Foundation

Chapter 6. Implementing Your PC Practice   

5 Tips to get you started

3 Steps after your appointment

Intake and Assessments Forms

Chapter 7. Protocol for Types of Sessions     

Intake Appointment

First Joint Session

Joint Sessions

Child Intake

Coaching Session

Significant Other Intake

Significant Other and Bio Parent Session

      Joint sessions with S.O.

Relapse Prevention Session

Chapter 8. The impact of the Significant Other

Impact of Significant Others

Knowing the Dance “Steps”

Asset or Liability

Three Types of Significant Others

Chapter 9. Facilitating Effective Communication 

Designing a Communication Protocol

The Parent-Child Communication

Teaching Communication Skills

Chapter 10. Managing Angry Parents  

Anger versus Aggression

Anger versus Abuse

Anger Management Techniques


Chapter 11.  Intimate Partner Violence    

Domestic Violence versus Intimate Partner Violence

Types of IPV

Power Imbalance

Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Children

Safety Measures

Chapter 12. General Techniques and Strategies  

Encouraging Cooperation/ Fostering Commitment

Facilitating Parental Responsibility for Behaviors

Maintaining a Child Focus

Increasing Parental Respect

Encouraging Exceptions

Disengaging Techniques

Chapter 13. Facilitating and Resolving Parenting Issues  

Mediation Terms

Interest based negotiations



Impasse Strategies

Negotiation Skills

Chapter 14. Child Development and Time Sharing Options 


Developmental Tasks


Plans Based on Child’s Age

Primary Home Time Sharing Plans

Equal Time-Sharing Plans

Other Family Factors

Transitions Between Homes

Long-Distance Plans

Supervised and Therapeutic Visitation

Chapter 15. Creating Parenting Plans   

Parenting Plan Terms

Creating Pre-divorce Parenting Plans

Re-visiting Post Plans

Chapter 16. The Impaired Parent  

Family Systems versus Diagnosis

Personality-Disordered Parents

Additional Problematic Parents

Chapter 17.  Documentation and Court Testimony

Necessity of documentation




Variations on Success

Chapter 18. Visitation Refusal and Parental Alienation

Terms for Parental Alienation

Characteristics of Alienating Parents

Authors’ View of the Alienation Continuum

Parental Exclusionary Behaviors

Children Alienated from a Parent

Children’s Exclusionary Behaviors

Impact of Parental Alienation

Alienation and the Courts


Guidelines for Practice of Parenting Coordination / Consent Order Appointing a Parenting Coordinator

Parenting Coordination Contract / Parenting Plan Checklist



Additional information

Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 8 × 10 × 2 in
Parenting Coordination Reference Manual