Parenting coordination is an alternate dispute resolution process through which a neutral third party works to facilitate communication between separated and divorced parents for enhanced co-parenting and decision making for the best interests of the children involved. Currently, a parenting coordinator role is primarily filled by psychologists, social workers, lawyers, and hybrid professionals, with a very modest representation in the field by licensed professional counselors.
This article will explore parenting coordination as an area of practice and specialization for counselors working with high-conflict families entrenched in the divorce process. Even ordinary divorce, when there are children involved, can present some of the most challenging issues to work through in counseling. When divorce crosses over into the category of high conflict, challenges for the family counselor intensify and involve the added dimensions of conflict management, and at times, skills connoting the role of a referee. It is questionable whether traditional family counseling is the most effective approach for balancing the rights and needs of feuding parents with the critical task of keeping their children out of the middle of the adult conflict over time-sharing and parenting decisions.
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