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Cooperative Parenting
 Shielding Children from Conflict with Cooperative Parenting and Divorce 
Cooperative Parenting
Coopertive Parenting and Divorce

Family relationships do not disappear when a marriage ends in divorce. For the sake of their children, divorced parents must continue to communicate with their former spouses in matters of child-rearing. The ability of parents to interact with each other greatly affects the child's adjustment to divorce. Unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is a psychoeducational program designed to improve the quality of the parental relationship in situations of divorce. The overall emphasis of Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from being caught in the middle of parental conflict.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is the most extensive, informed and interactive resource to date examining the complex realities of divorce. This thoughtful and practical program is implemented in one 4 hour session or two flexible two hour sessions.

The Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program has been well received by judges and juvenile courts throughout the nation since its introduction in 1995.

 How the Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program works 

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce explores the issues associated with divorce through a group format that can be implemented easily and safely, while creating a supportive group environment.

The program is designed for parents demonstrating mild to moderate levels of parental conflict. It is facilitated by a trained parent educator.

  • Program components include a Parent’s Guide and companion video
  • Consists of one 4 hour session or two flexible two hour sessions
  • Incorporates skill development, small and large group discussion and parent interaction
  • Highlights specific, proven-effective activities

The goals of the program include:

  • Assisting parents in shifting their role from former spouses to co-parents
  • Educating parents regarding the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development
  • Helping parents identify their contributions to conflict while increasing impulse control
  • Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills and children’s issues in divorce
 Benefits of the Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Program 
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits children by:
  • Reducing the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
  • Diminishing the child’s sense of loyalty binds.
  • Allowing the child to love both parents
  • Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust more effectively
  • Teaching effective communication and conflict-resolution skills as modeled by their parents
  • Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits society by:

  • Decreasing future litigation, court costs and time
  • Expanding the definition of “family,” thereby preserving and strengthening the family structure
  • Potentially reducing adolescent drug and alcohol problems
Registration Information 

Upcoming Cooperative Parenting Seminars:

> Call our Office to schedule a flexible, convenient appointment time

Trained Parent Educators

Dr. George Gates, LPC, NCC

He has worked with individuals, couples and families for over 30 years.  He is in private practice at Gateway Psychological Services in Wilmington, NC


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Cost: $225  ($50 deposit

Payments can also be made by calling 910-793-6144.

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Gateway Psychological Services
1606 Wellington Ave, Suite H
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-793-6144