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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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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsThe prevalence of divorce around the world is high. Between 39% and 68% of marriages end in divorce around the world and countries that we have data from. A large proportion of these marriages have children. In the United States, over a third of children live with a parent who never married the other biological parent. Parenting children after the relationship between the parents has ended poses unique challenges for the family and our social and legal institutions. In a perfect world, both parents would agree about the care and decisions of their child. But we don't live in a perfect world.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsMany times, the reasons that parents ended their relationship in the first place interfere with their ability to work together in continuing to raise their children. Breakdowns in communication, unresolved feelings of animosity, psychological disorders, and many other problems often plague families after they've dissolved and have taken on new forms. In this course, we will learn about what it means to parent to child in a healthy way, particularly after the relationship with the other parent has ended. Specifically, we will look at how healthy attachments form and can be maintained even in strained or difficult situations, and how healthy boundaries are important across all stages of a child's development.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 secondsFrom the child's perspective, we will also learn how they perceive communication and conflict between their parents, and how these perceptions affect them mentally and emotionally. We will also explore what types of problems commonly arise after relationships between parents end, and what effects they have on children, as well as strategies for how to protect them from harm, both directly and indirectly. My goal for this course is for you to better understand how to parent a child in the healthiest way possible, particularly in situations when the parents don't get along. My goal is to also understand that there are social, legal, and mental health interventions that could be utilized to protect the health and rights of the child.

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 secondsI hope that you will join me in this practical and educational journey into healthy parenting after relationship disillusion.

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?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

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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Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Gender roles
    Gender roles

    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

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

  • Estrangement

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