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Putting Children First: A Guide for Parents Breaking Up|
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This book describes a child-centered approach for separated and divorcing parents who want to minimize the damage done to children during and after the break-up. It offers essential information and advice on renegotiating the practical and emotional aspects of the parent-child relationship.
Hanna McDonough and Christina Bartha are leading clinicians in their field and use their extensive experience in counselling families to provide a step-by-step guide to the emotional work parents must do to make their divorce manageable for themselves and their children. They also highlight the relevant research findings concerning the effects of divorce on families. Recent studies show that it is not only the presence of conflict that determines the adjustment of children to their parents' divorce, but the way in which parents involve their children in their conflict with each other.
Part 1 - Preventing Conflict: Three Different Kinds of Divorce, The Stresses of Divorce and the Loss of Love, Loss of Full-Time Parenting, The Separating Process, Children's Reactions to Divorce, Talking to Your Children about Your Divorce, The Parenting Plan, Getting to Your Parenting Plan.
Part II - Managing Conflict by Getting Informed: The High-Conflict Divorce, The Impact of Conflict on Children and Parental Alienation Syndrome, Traditional Custody and Access Arrangements.
Part III - Damage Control: When You Have You Go to Court and Clinical Assessments, Special Issues: Absent Parents, Spousal Assault, Supervised Access, and Sexual Abuse Allegations.
About the Authors:
HANNA MCDONOUGH, msw, csw, is the Clinical Consultant to the 'For Kids' Sake' Program at the Clarke Division in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
CHRISTINA BARTHA, msw, csw, is the Administrative Director and clinical social worker in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Clarke Division in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
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