For some parents, conflict continues to create distress for them and their children beyond the separation and/or divorce. Problems may arise over issues that are not specifically addressed in their parenting plan. For example, the parenting plan may say that parents decide together on extra-curricular activities for their children but may not indicate how to deal with disagreements about these activities. When a conflict arises, children often feel caught in the middle. This situation may put them at greater risk for emotional and behavioral problems—e.g., poor school performance, anxiety, uncontrollable anger, and depression.
While divorce itself places children at risk for various psychological difficulties, research has shown that the strongest predictor of child maladjustment after divorce is exposure to high levels of inter-parental conflict, particularly when the conflict is hostile, aggressive, poorly resolved, and focused on issues pertaining to the children. In a small percentage of families of divorce, such conflict continues at a high level for several years following the formal divorce decree, and it typically causes the children and the parents to suffer significant and prolonged psychological distress.
Intense and prolonged inter-parental conflict can also cause problems for children indirectly. It can impair the ability of each parent to deal effectively with the children. It can also draw the children into the conflict and disrupt the children’s relationships with one or both parents. Children may be exposed to alienating and/or estrangement behaviors by one or both parents. In addition, it can lead to a reduction in financial support of the children by one or both parents due to the financial costs of repeated litigation and one or both parents becoming less willing to contribute financially. In some cases, the behaviors of one or both parents may lead to the alienation of the children's relationship with a parent.
Parenting coordination and parenting facilitation are problem-solving services offered to parents raising children between homes who seek professional assistance in working together to keep their children free from the parents’ conflicts. Both are child-centered dispute resolution services that assist parents in developing and implementing workable parenting plans when they are unable to do so on their own. Both services may be ordered for families through the court for high conflict families and are codified in the Texas Family Code and Texas licensing boards (see below). The presenters will address appropriate professional boundaries and assist to clearly define roles.
To be a parenting facilitator in Texas, you are required to have 88 hours of training. This training is designed to provide the 16 hours of training in the laws governing parenting coordination and parenting facilitation and the multiple styles and procedures used in different models of service required to serve as a parenting coordinator or facilitator in Texas (see below), and covers the following learning objectives:
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The mental health and attorney licensing boards in Texas have adopted rules for parenting coordination and parenting facilitation. Please see the following links:
The parenting facilitation training is not required for you to serve as a parenting coordinator. A parenting coordinator is required 72 hours of training unless waived by the court as detailed below. According to Sec. 153.610 of the Texas Family Code, the qualifications of a parenting coordinator are:
According to Sec. 153.6101 of the Texas Family Code, to be a parenting facilitator in Texas you are required to have 88 hours of training. A parenting facilitator is required to have received and to be able to document:
Please be certain prior to beginning work with a family, you are able to document your training. According to Sec. 153.6101 of the Texas Family Code:
On request by a party, an attorney for a party, or any attorney for a child who is the subject of the suit, a person under consideration for appointment as a parenting facilitator in the suit shall provide proof that the person satisfies the minimum qualifications required by this section.