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Online course

Positive Parenting After Separation

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

Positive Parenting After Separation

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

When would you like to start?

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?

Jennifer Harman

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

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  • Access to this course for 6 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Gender roles
    Gender roles
    article

    In this article, Dr. Jennifer Harman discusses gender roles and how they help to shape family roles and relationships.

  • Child Affected by Parental Relationship Distress
    Child Affected by Parental Relationship Distress
    video

    In this video, Dr. William Bernet describes what CAPRD (Child Affected by Parental Relationship Distress) is and how it affects children.

  • Estrangement
    Estrangement
    article

    In this article, Dr. Jennifer Harman discuss what estrangement is and the negative consequences it can have on children.

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