How to Support Clients (& Friends and Family) through Divorce: Resources and Tactics for Healthy Dissolution

Course Overview:
More than 50 % of first-time married couples divorce. More than 60% of couples in the United States who marry a second time divorce. This pandemic effects millions of couples and even more children. Though less than 25% of divorcing couples are considered high conflict, most divorcing couples can benefit from guidance that is readily available to them. There is now a cottage industry of divorce professionals whose goal is to help folks divorce in the most healthy way possible.

Additionally, with training, psychologists can play some of these roles (not for their own therapy clients of course!).

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The Learning Objectives:

This webinar is designed to help you,

  • Use the variety of professional supports available to clients (and friends and family members) going through divorce
  • Describe the various options for how people can divorce (and how many Coloradans don’t use attorneys to divorce)
  • Assess the different roles that psychologists can fill in divorce work
  • Discuss what gets in the way of healthy divorces

Speaker Biography

Joyce Fine, PhD, specializes in divorce related work as a Divorce Coach, Collaborative Divorce Facilitator and Parental Responsibility Evaluator (someone who makes scheduling and decision-making recommendations to courts for high conflict divorce families). She also conducts psychotherapy with adults, couples, and families in her private practice.

What makes a divorce healthy is the ability of the adults involved and the professionals who support them to recognize and respect the humanity of the separating couple and their children (when children are involved). This means that everyone makes an effort to keep their eyes on a few basic goals: clear, thoughtful communication; achieving the best interests of all participants; and steady progress. Her job as a divorce coach is to be a companion and guide for individuals and couples as they navigate the challenges of divorce. She serves as an objective thought partner to help all parties, as individuals or as a couple, think through both minutiae and the big picture so they can avoid making emotionally driven reactive decisions that may cause long term negative repercussions.

In her divorce-related work and research she repeatedly encounters one essential truth: While divorce is deeply life-changing and rarely easy, the ways that a divorcing couple interacts with each other deeply impacts both their and their children’s mental and sometimes physical health during and post-divorce, as well as everyone’s ability to recover and move on in the aftermath of separation and divorce. A main priority in her work is to help clients communicate well with loved ones and with people they may have conflict with, with the goal of supporting clients to conduct their divorces in a way that enables everyone involved to recover and thrive rather than get stuck in negative long-term, ongoing emotional and/or financial strain.

On a happier note, she also conducts pre-marital workshops and works with individual couples in her private practice using the Prepare-Enrich assessment.

Dr. Fine also enjoys speaking at divorce-related workshops and writing about divorce. 

Professional Affiliations:
Board Member, Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
American Psychological Association
International Association of Collaborative Practice
Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee (MDIC) (Family Law Professionals)
COAFCC (Colorado Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)
Colorado Psychological Association

**CPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.