In the Best Interest of the Child: How to Protect Your Child from the Pain of Your Divorce

About the Course:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about improving outcomes for children affected by divorce. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course.
As an independent child custody evaluator with eighteen years’ experience, Dr. Stanton Samenow has interviewed thousands of parents, children, relatives, schoolteachers, babysitters, therapists, pediatricians, and family friends. He is familiar with worst-case scenarios, often having been called in to help families resolve child custody disputes after marriage counseling, mediation, and litigation have failed, and he has gained a uniquely comprehensive per-spective of what helps and what hurts children going through their parents’ divorce. In this book, he identifies what parents most need to know to act in the best interest of their child.

In clear, compassionate, yet no-nonsense language, Dr. Samenow shows the child’s view of divorce, what’s at stake in the shift from one household to two, and why parents must see it through their child’s eyes if they hope to act on his or her behalf. He’ll help you identify basic parental styles and how they affect the way you and your spouse handle divorce proceedings. He provides a succinct overview of the legal system to help parents find the safest way through, with suggestions for working with attorneys and dealing with courts and hearings. Finally, he distills his extensive experience in advocating for thousands of children into seven errors parents commonly make and seven guidelines they should follow to help their kids get through divorce and get on with their lives.

Author

Samenow, Stanton E., Ph.D.

About the Author:

Dr. Samenow graduated from Yale University and earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. He is the author of “Straight Talk About Criminals” and collaborator with Dr. Samuel Yochelson on the landmark three-volume work “The Criminal Personality.” He has served on three presidential task forces on crime and drug issues.

Course Objectives:

  1. to learn how divorce and custody battle can effect
    a child, from his/her point of view

  2. to identify basic parenting styles and how they
    affect the way parents handle divorce proceedings

  3. to learn an overview of the legal system to help
    parents when dealing with court

  4. to be able to advocate for children dealing with a
    divorce and help them get on with their lives

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