Parenting Coordination Central


Parenting Coordination Training Opportunities

The Cooperative Parenting Institute

Leaders in the Field of Parenting Coordination

The Cooperative Parenting Institute (CPI) is an internationally recognized leader providing high quality parenting coordination training programs.  Since 1997, the CPI has dominated the field of parenting coordination by creating the only comprehensive step-by-step PC training model. The Institute offers 20-24-26 hour parenting coordination/facilitation training opportunities each year.  A 12-hour advanced training is available for the experienced parenting coordinator.  The training programs meet the requirements established by state statutes.  In addition, the presenters are available for custom designed training in your local area.   Susan Boyan, LMFT and Ann Marie Termini, LPC are recognized leaders and innovative international trainers.  As skilled parenting coordinators, since 1991 and 1993 respectively, Ann Marie and Susan have facilitated many complex and highly conflictual divorce cases.  They have drawn on their extensive experience, research and interactive approach to prepare professionals for the challenging role of parenting coordinator.  


  • PC Training Dates and Locations for 2014
  • Training Fees
  • CEU information
  • Three Day Learning Objectives
  • Three Day Training Outline
  •  Advanced Training  2 Day  January 15-16, 2015
  •  Other Training Opportunities



Sponsored by The Cooperative Parenting Institute


June 12-14, 2014: Atlanta, GA, Trainer - Susan Boyan

July 23-25, 2014: Parenting Facilitation Training (24 Hrs) Houston, TX

August 21-23, 2014: Chicago, IL, Trainer - Susan Boyan

November 13-15, 2014: Atlanta, GA, Trainer - Susan Boyan

Live Webinar Training:  10 Fridays 12-2:00 pm est June 6-August 15, 2014  or
                                      10 Mondays 7:00 pm-9:00 pm est September 8-Nov 10, 2014


                                                           Trainer Information: 

Susan Boyan 404-273-3370

Ann Marie Termini 570-586-5669


All training opportunities may be extended to 24 and 26 hours.  The hours of training are based upon your state requirements if the state in which you practice has a statute governing the these requirments.  Participants may attend any of the trainings.  However, professionals from Texas may only attend the the Texas training.  See the registration page for additional information on training requirements.

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Basic 3 Day Parenting Coordination Training Fees
20 hour  
$475 Full Fee
$425 Early Bird (3-weeks prior to training date)  

24 Hours- North Carolina 

$540 Full Fee
$490.00 Early Bird (3-weeks prior to training date)  

26 Hours - Louisiana
$585 Full Fee
$535 Early Bird (3-weeks prior to training date)

Credit card fee of $15.00  

Cancellation Policy

In the event you cancel three weeks prior to the training date, you will received a full refund less a $35 administrative fee. If you cancel less than three weeks prior to the training date, there will be no refund made. You may, at any point, attend another session or designate a substitute to attend a training session being offered by the SAME trainer. Credit must be used within twelve months or will be voided. In the event the CPI cancels a trainings for an emergency or too few participants, the CPI will refund registration fees in full, but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses. In this case, a full refund will be awarded.  



•Georgia: MFT and GA Bar
•Texas: LPC, MFT



Participants will:

1.  Recognize the unique role of a Parenting Coordinator and how it differs from other related   

2. Learn how to structure and implement a parenting coordination program
3. Understand and function within the legal system
4. Learn strategies to promote effective co-parenting
5.  Incorporate techniques designed to minimize stress and loyalty binds for children
6. Utilize the essential skills required to manage the Axis II parent
7.  Identify age appropriate schedules and develop comprehensive parenting plans

Three Day Training Includes:

  • A complimentary copy of Cooperative Parenting & Divorce: A Parent Guide to Effective Co-Parenting, a 200 pg. (8.5"×11") book by the presenters
  • Parenting Coordination Materials for duplication
  • Lecture, role play, large and small group activities
  • 20, 24 and 26 hour CEUs/CLEs based on instructional time
  • Certificate                                        

                                                      THREE DAY TRAINING OUTLINE

Day 1 (8:15am – 5:00pm) 

  • The Impact of High Conflict on the Family System
  • The Child’s Perspective on Divorce
  • Coping Styles of Children
  • The Impact of High Conflict on Children
  • Parenting Coordination
  •     History & National Growth
  •     Role & Responsibilities
  •     Appointment & the Legal Document
  •     Distinctions between a Parenting Coordinator & Other Related Roles
  • Impact of Step Parents & S.O.s     
  • Protocol for Different Types of Sessions
  • Collaborating with the Legal Profession
  • Parental Alienation & Visitation Refusal
  • Setting Up & Marketing Your PC Program  

Day 2 (8:30am – 5:00pm)

  • Custody vs. Cooperation
  • Attachment & the Young Child
  • Developmental Risk Factors & Time Sharing Plans
  • Strategies & Educational Interventions
  • Communication Skills for Conflicted Parents
  • Containing & Managing Angry Parents
  • Non-Compliance & Resistance
  • Writing Comprehensive Parenting Plans
  • Different Degrees of Success

Day 3 (8:30am – 4:00pm)

  • Personality Disorders and Other Challenges
  • Addictions & Other Special Circumstances
  • Interventions
  • Ethical Considerations
  • PC Guidelines Protocol
Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana and North Carolina Training:  2 Hours of Out of Class Assignments and working lunch.  



Minimum of a 2-day PC training and experience with providing parenting coordination services.

Two Day Advanced Training Fee:
$350.00 Full Rate
$325.00 Early Bird (3-weeks prior to training date)

Advanced Learning Objectives:
Participants will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics and influences that lead to intractable conflict between coparents. 
  • Be introduced to a new conceptual framework for characterizing high conflict parents.
  • Recognize how the goals of the PC may clash with underlying parental goals and its connection to impasse.
  • Identify how "belief perseverance" and other internal factors results in impasse issues.
  • Learn advanced techniques for dealing with the difficult clients, personality disorders, resistance and noncompliance.
  • Develop strategies for managing resistance from other professionals.
  • Identify the unique contribution of alienation allegations and what can be done to assist these families.
  • Be exposed to the reality of PC biases and other advanced ethical issues.

Advanced Training Outline:

I.  Impasse Issues Encountered by the Parenting Coordinator

    A.  Review of Janet Johnston’s Sources of Divorce Impasse

             1.  Intrapsychic

          2.  Interactional
          3.  External-Social

    B.  Parenting Coordinator Impasse Model

          1.  Internal Influence
a.  PC personality
b.  PC support system
c.  Counter-transference
d.  PC professional biases
2.  Interactional Influence
a.  The Clashing of Parental Goals 
-Identifying PC Goals Versus Unspoken Parent Goals
Managing Misguided Goals
b. The Powerful Influence of “Belief Perseveration"”
-How it creates impasse
-Techniques for challenging negative beliefs 
-Negative Beliefs as Outcome Predictor
3.  Ecosytemic Influences
a.  From the Court
b.  From family attorneys
c.  From therapists
d.  From significant others

II. Techniques for Dealing with Professional Impasse Issues

III.  A New Conceptual Understanding and Interventions for the High Conflict Parent
A.  Categories 1-5:  High Conflict Parents
1. The Immature Parent  
2. The Impulsive Parent
3. The Over-Anxious Parent
4.  The Unresolved Parent
5.  Polarized Parents
B.  Category 6:  The Seriously Impaired Parent

IV.  Advanced Management Techniques and Strategies
A.  Introducing the 5-Cs of High Conflict Management
1.  Containment Techniques
2.  Connecting Techniques
3.  Content versus Communication Techniques
4.  Challenging Beliefs
5.  Consequences and Limits
B.  Other Techniques and Interventions

V.  The Unique Impasse of Alienation Allegations
A. Discriminating Between Parental Alienation 
1.  Versus visitation refusal
2.  Versus estrangement
Reunification Issues

VI.  Advanced Parenting Coordination Ethics
A.  Recognizing Professional Biases
1.  Regarding gender
2.  Regarding parenting plans
3.  Regarding same sex parents and second parent adoptions 
   B.  Understanding the Difference Between
1.  General Responsibility
2.  Implied Authority
3.  Temporary Authority
4.  Arbitration  
C.  Other Ethical Dilemmas

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