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Parenting Coordination Reference Manual


The Parenting Coordination Reference Manual is a professional step-by-step manual for those working with conflicted divorced parents such a parenting coordinators, mediators, family law attorneys and mental health providers. Our Reference manual covers the basic CPI parenting coordination training material and it is an invaluable resource for professionals.


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.



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
  • Authority
  • 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
  • Methodology
  • 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
  • Noncompliance

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
  • Techniques
  • Caucus
  • Impasse Strategies
  • Negotiation Skills

Chapter 14. Child Development and Time Sharing Options 

  • Attachment
  • Developmental Tasks
  • Factors
  • 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
  • Folders
  • Memos
  • Testimony
  • 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