Family and Conciliation Courts Review
The proliferation of educational programs for separated and divorcing parents has created an emerging field of practice. This article examines core questions of professional responsibility, accountability, standards, and practices that must be addressed to advance the development of the field.
Education programs for separated and divorcing parents have captured widespread attention. New programs are being established at a rapid pace. Increasingly, legislation and court rules require parents to attend an education program (Biondi, 1995). Newspapers, magazines, and television networks- including the New York limes, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, CBS, NBC, and CNN-have all reported on what Time Magazine referred to as the latest trend for family courts.
The proliferation of parent education programs is a response to the growing recognition of the impact of separation and divorce on families, and especially on children. The difficulties associated with separation and divorce - are well documented and need not be repeated here (see, e.g., Kelly, 1988; Wallerstein, 1991). Parent education programs are generally intended to help parents address these difficulties and learn how to improve the experience for their children and themselves.
Peter Salam, Andrew Schepard, and Stephen W. Schlissel,
Parent Education as a Distinct Field of Practice: The Agenda for the Future, 34 Fam. & Conciliation Cts. Rev. 9
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