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Co-Parent Counseling: Helping Parents Help their Children through Divorce

January 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm - January 23, 2022 at 4:30 pm PST


Dates and Times

January 21
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Pacific • 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Eastern

January 22
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific • 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Eastern

January 23
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Pacific • 12:00 PM – 7:30 PM Eastern

January 22 and 23 will include a 45 minute mid-day break and each day will include stretch/movement breaks for our bodies’ sake while on Zoom.


Would you like to combine your therapeutic skills with a problem-solving approach to help separating parents create a healthy new family structure? Do you feel you need additional training to do this?

Our course is exactly what you need!

Co-parenting counseling has developed over the last 10-15 years to help parents transition from an intact family to separate homes while protecting children from the harm of a high-conflict separation. The most effective co-parenting counselors integrate skills and concepts from psychology, conflict resolution and family law fields. We will explore together how the following apply to co-parenting services:

  • Developmental psychology concepts such as attachment and child development
  • Family systems and dynamics 
  • Conflict patterns and styles
  • How to work through conflict to reach agreements
  • Intersection with the legal system and professionals
  • Practical and logistical aspects of co-parenting work

This interactive online training features briefings on the above topics and more, followed by lively demonstrations and role-plays, all of which immerse participants in the learning. Realistic simulations, in which participants practice co-parenting counseling with coaching from our teachers offer participants the chance to try out new tools and hone their skills. Participants describe these different modes of learning and their interplay as enjoyable as they are engaging and rewarding.


Catherine Conner has been a mediation and collaborative practice trainer since 2004. She is a frequent presenter at collaborative conferences and family law workshops. She authored Collaborative Practice Materials with Steven Neustadter and Margaret Anderson. Catherine Conner’s private practice focuses on family law alternate dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative practice, and private judging. She graduated from the University of California, Boalt Hall in 1982 and is a founding partner of Conner, Lawrence, Rodney, Olhiser & Barrett, LLP. In 1992, Catherine became a Certified Family Law Specialist.  She has been honored as the recipient of the Rex Sater Award for Excellence in Family Law, the Eureka award by Collaborative Practice California and was the 2018 honoree for Careers of Distinction.  She was on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals from 2007-2014 and served as the President in 2013.

Stacey Shuster, Ph.D. is a psychologist-mediator in full-time private practice in San Francisco. Trained as a couple, family and child therapist, she has worked at the AIDS Family Project in San Francisco and taught Family Therapy at a number of local graduate programs, including the Department of Psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center. She is a trained mediator and collaborative coach, and helps separating and divorcing families as a co-parent counselor. Most recently, she has enjoyed working together with attorneys in co-mediation.

Stacey has presented at a number of national professional conferences on issues related to same-sex divorce and co-parenting challenges, as well as on Integrative Mediation.

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The training session will be conducted through Zoom. After registration, Kayla Hellal ([email protected]) will send a separate email with Zoom connection details. You will need the QR code generated at check-out to connect.

Participants are encouraged to log on ten minutes before the start of each session to troubleshoot any technical issues and help ensure the programs can start on time each day.


The program training fee is $750.

A 5-10% discount is available for our CUC Connect members. Click here for more information.

Cancellation Policy

Please note our cancellation policy: If you cancel 4 weeks or more prior to the program, we return your deposit minus a $100.00 administration fee. Between 4 and 2 weeks prior to the program, we retain 50% of the total cost of the program unless we are able to find a replacement for your seat, in which case we will refund the fee minus the $100.00 administration fee. If the cancellation occurs within two weeks of  the program, we will not refund the fee unless we are able to find a replacement. 

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Understanding in Conflict is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Center for Understanding in Conflict maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  BBS licensees may also receive credit from The Center for Understanding in Conflict as a provider approved by the California Psychological Association.  This course qualifies for 16 CE credits.


January 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm PST
January 23, 2022 at 4:30 pm PST
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