High Conflict Co-Parenting

January 20, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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Co-parenting after a separation or divorce can be difficult – especially if you believe you are dealing with a “high-conflict” co-parent. In this program, Bill Eddy will discuss some of the common problems co-parents face and how to deal with them as a parent or as a professional – especially if there has been intense conflict between the parents. He offers tested ideas about how to communicate peacefully, how to respond to angry emails and comments without being angry back, how to calm emotions when upset, how to make proposals to solve problems, and how to let go of conflicts. Mr. Eddy also provides excellent suggestions about “what to tell the kids” about a high-conflict co-parent. He will also discuss his new 12-session Online Co-Parenting class, which includes high-conflict issues and anger management issues, and the benefits of mediation for resolving family disputes.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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