ERIC Number: EJ718061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 20
Three Constructive Interventions for Divorced, Divorcing, or Never-Married Parents
Sommers-Flanagan, John; Barr, Laura
Family Journal Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, v13 n4 p482-486 2005
Divorce in the United States affects millions of children and families. Many of these children and families seek individual/family counseling or educational services offered by counselors and, therefore, counselors need to be well-equipped to work with nontraditional families. The purpose of this article is to share three counseling techniques for use with parents undergoing separation and/or divorce. These techniques are primarily constructive and educational. They include a reframing technique for mandated clients, a reframing technique to help parents recognize the difference between their coparenting wishes and goals, and an educational problem-solving strategy for parents who struggle with their childrens postseparation/divorce behaviors. Anecdotes and case examples are used to articulate how these techniques can be used in clinical practice.
Descriptors: Parents, Family Counseling, Divorce, Counseling Techniques, Parent Child Relationship, Conflict Resolution
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Identifiers - Location: United States