New Ways for Families® Online

Parenting Without Conflict® and Parent-Child Course

ONLINE PARENTING COURSES FOR PARENTS AND KIDS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING A BREAKUP LIKE A DIVORCE OR SEPARATION

Available in English and Spanish

Parenting Without Conflict®

New Ways for Families® Online is an online parenting course for parents who are separated, divorcing, and even those who share a child but never shared a relationship. This unique and innovative 12-session course focuses heavily on the 4 Big Skills most needed by potentially high-conflict or already high-conflict parents, but it is also effective for parents who are not high-conflict (8-session course also available). Teaching these 4 Big Skills the way we do has had a lot of success:

  • flexible thinking (making realistic proposals, acknowledging that there is more than one solution, acknowledging that people are not “all-bad” or “all-good”, avoiding “all-or-nothing” thinking)

  • managed emotions (controlling one’s anger, sadness, fear, and anxiety so as to not overreact and take things personally; so as to not pass on these feelings to the child)

  • moderate behaviors (avoiding extreme actions, including extreme behavior during custody exchanges, extreme parenting order requests, and violence; techniques for moderate behavior during communication)

  • checking yourself.

This course is presented in a positive, “no blame, no shame” context and focuses on skills for successful future co-parenting rather than focusing on bad past behavior. BOTH parents should complete the course individually, so that both parents are using the same skills for co-parenting. However, either parent can register for the course on their own at any time. Many parents use it to fulfill their court-mandated parent education course while others use it to learn new skills or to learn anger management. New Ways for Families is based on learning new parenting skills and relationships skills.

Parenting Without Conflict® is based on the co-parenting curriculum of New Ways for Families®, a counseling and coaching method for parents re-organizing their families after a separation or divorce. New Ways was specifically designed for parents who are stuck in an endless cycle of defensive thinking and extreme behaviors. New Ways for Families® Online was developed by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and is based on a program he developed called New Ways for Families (see video).

This course may qualify for mandatory parent education classes ordered by the courts. CAUTION: Online parent education classes are widely recognized by county courts and government agencies; however, if you are court-ordered to take a co-parenting class, it is always best to check with your county court of record to verify their acceptance of an online parenting class. Each state, county, and individual judge may dictate different requirements.

Unit 1: Coping with Stress
Unit 2: Solving Co-Parenting Problems
Unit 3: Avoid Over-Reacting
Unit 4: Influencing Your Type of Co-Parent
Unit 5: Extreme Behavior and the Effect on Your Child's Brain
Unit 6: Raising Healthy Children
Unit 7: Child Development Goals
Unit 8: Parenting Schedules
Unit 9: Using Professionals
Unit 10: New Partners, New Families
Unit 11: Handling Financial Issues
Unit 12: How to Avoid Becoming a High Conflict Case

Parents can add the 4-hour Parent-Child Course to teach their children the new skills they’ve learned. Doing so reinforces the new skills they’ve learned!

Available in English and Spanish!

We partner with Online Parenting Programs, where you will be directed by clicking on the button below. Scroll below for FAQs.


Parent-Child Course

$49.95 for 4 hours

An online 4-hour course for parents and kids as their families transition into new ways after a breakup, such as a divorce or separation. Families change after separation and divorce. You tell your children that you still love them, but your lives with them are not the same anymore.

  • How can you say good-bye to the past?

  • And how can you say hello to new and exciting possibilities?

  • And - most importantly - how can you teach your child skills for resiliency during this time of transition?

This class helps parents share their joys and your sorrows with each other. It will help you start the tough conversations with children about living in two homes and the many challenges that arise before, during and after a parental breakup. It helps parents maintain strong and open relationships with their children. It will help you maintain a strong and open relationship with your child. The kids benefit by not being caught in the middle between parental conflict and they will learn skills that will help them have healthy relationships for the rest of their lives!

The course, taught by Bill Eddy, helps parents start the tough conversations with kids about living in two homes. Activities are based on all ages of children.

Unit 1: Teach Your Child the Four Big Skills
Unit 2: Managed Emotions
Unit 3: Flexible Thinking
Unit 4: Moderate Behaviors

NOTE: This class WILL NOT meet or replace your court-ordered co-parenting requirement. This class is meant to be taken as an accompaniment only after your co-parenting requirement has been met or if you have not been required to attend a court mandated Level 1 or Level 2 Co-Parenting Class and are interested in improving personal skills, and growing as a parent.

We partner with Online Parenting Programs, where you will be directed by clicking on the button below. Scroll below for FAQs.


FAQs

Q: How is Parenting Without Conflict different from other parent education courses? . . .

  • Skills-based format rather than a lecture-based format
  • Practice exercises, journal entries, application throughout the course
  • Focuses on the long term effects of ongoing conflict on children and the co-parenting relationship - rather than focusing on short-term change in parents’ behavior
  • Based on how the brain the works and why high conflict people behave the way they do
  • Addresses specific skills that high conflict parents lack

Q: Who can refer parents to Parenting Without Conflict and the Parent-Child? . . .

Judges, Lawyers. Mental Health Professionals, Mediators, Coaches, Family Court Services, Parent Educators, Divorce Financial Consultants - any family law professional

If court-ordered, judges should order both parents to complete this course at the beginning of the case. That way, both parents learn the exact same skills necessary to manage their emotions and engage productively in the decision making process before conflict and emotions escalate.

Professionals: Want a free online presentation & demo of the course before referring clients? Contact us!

Q: Do parents have to be court-ordered to take Parenting Without Conflict? . . .

No, anyone can take this course to improve their co-parenting relationship.. You do not need a court order or a referral from a professionals. Sign up!

Q: What do parents learn in the course? . . .

The skills learned will help each parent:

  • work more productively with professionals during the decision making process
  • work more productively with his/her co-parent
  • support his/her children during this transition

NOTE: Before registering for this course, please confirm with your court that an online course from Online Parenting Programs will be accepted by the judge.

Q: When should parents take the courses? . . .

The courses can be taken by anyone and any time. The courses are specifically designed to be taken at the start of a case before big decisions are made, to increase the likelihood of cooperation and joint decision making, thereby preventing the parties from becoming high-conflict.

Q: Are reduced rates offered? . . .

Yes, reduced rates are available for those who have had filing fees waived or are on a government assistance program. More information is provided after clicking on the registration button.

Q: How do you know it is effective? . . .

Developed from the in-person curriculum of the New Ways for Families® program

Based on interventions with empirical evidence that has proven successful:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Q: Is New Ways for Families an evidence-based parenting program? . . .

A lot of programs claim to be evidence-based, but many are not and are instead evidence-informed. As of 2019, New Ways for Families is evidence-informed, meaning it was developed using evidence-based published research that has been proven to be effective. New Ways for Families in-person model is being studied in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada in a multi-year study (read the 3-year update here). We are hopeful that the results will show it to be a successful intervention. After the study is complete, New Ways for Families will be an evidence-based program.


Professionals

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(Training Available)

HOW CAN IT BE USED?     

  • Parenting & Co-Parenting classes

  • "High Conflict" cases

  • Anger Management classes

  • Mediation & Pre-Mediation

  • Supplement existing curriculum or services

HOW DOES IT WORK?  

  • Parents register for & complete the course on their own

  • Parents learn & practice 4 key skills

  • Parents are introduced to the decisions that will need to be made in the future

  • Parents are more prepared to effectively engage in professional services & decision-making

  • Parents learn skills for successful co-parenting

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • Immunize families from becoming high conflict

  • Reduce existing conflict in cases already identified as "high conflict"

  • Increase child's well-being

  • Effective client engagement & client management

Parents

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IS THIS CLASS FOR ME?

  • Have you been ordered to take a co-parenting course?

  • Were you referred by your lawyer, a mediator or a mental health professional?

  • Are you looking for resources to help make your divorce or separation process go as smoothly as possible?

LEARN KEY SKILLS FOR:

  • Communication

  • Decision-making

  • Managing your emotions

  • Acting, not reacting

  • Coping with Stress

  • Creating a parenting plan

  • Talking to your child about the divorce

HOW WILL THIS HELP ME?

  • Prepare for mediation

  • Prepare for work with your lawyer

  • Protect your child from the conflict

  • Focus on your child's well-being

  • Successfully navigate the divorce process