• Colorado State University

Positive Parenting After Separation

Get practical help and advice on parenting after a divorce or separation with this online course.

2,221 enrolled on this course

Positive Parenting After Separation
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours

Learn how to meet the needs of children affected by separation

Millions of children worldwide are being raised in families in which their parents are no longer together due to separation or divorce. These family circumstances can be hard for children, particularly when their parents are struggling to co-parent.

In this course you will learn practical techniques for parenting after separation and understand how to meet the needs of children affected by difficult separations and divorces.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Healthy parenting before and after relationship dissolution
  • The parental relationships before and after relationship dissolution
  • Problematic issues in post-relationship parenting
  • Social and institutional interventions to post-relationship parenting problems

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify how parent-child attachments are formed and maintained, the developmental needs of a child, and healthy family role boundaries before and after relationship dissolution
  • Identify how parental modeling of adult (and gender) roles affects children and family dynamics, how parenting styles affect outcomes on children
  • Evaluate the difference between parental alienation, estrangement and other negative family problems
  • Explore how different legal and social systems have handled relationship dissolution (e.g., divorce), family conflict, and custody issues to address post-relationship parenting problems.

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who are experiencing or have experienced a dissolution of marriage and/or a separation of a partnership that involved children.

Who will you learn with?

I am an associate professor of social psychology at Colorado State University. My areas of research are related to power and aggression in relationships, and on promoting healthier families.

Who developed the course?

Colorado State University

Colorado State University, a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, is one of the United States’ leading research universities.

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