Parenting Coordination Central


Qualifications of a Parenting Coordinator

In order to provide exemplary services, a parenting coordinators should have experience working with high-conflict families as well as training and experience in the following different disciplines:
  • Family systems theory
  • Adult psychotherapy
  • Developmental psychology
  • Family Law

In addition, professionals should have parenting coordination training to include topics such as:

  Differences between parenting coordination other forms of high conflict work

   Role and responsibilities of a parenting coordinator

   Impact of high conflict on the family

   Coping styles of children

   Divorce recovery

   Children's adjustment issues specific to divorce

   Conflict resolution

   Mediation techniques

   Communication theory

   Developmental risks associated with time sharing arrangements

   Facilitating effective parenting plans

   Legal aspects of divorce

   Legal terminology and working with the legal professional

   Protocols for different types of sessions

   Parental alienation and visitation refusal

   Strategies and techniques for working with conflicted parents.

   Dealing with noncompliance and resistance

   Working with the step parent or significant other

   Ethical considerations

   Managing the personality disordered parent

   Domestic violence

States with statutes governing the role of a parenting coordinator indicate the background, training and expereince required to perform this role.  In many jurisdictions parenting coordinators are also required to participate in 40-hour mediation training and domestic violence training.  In all states with the exception of Texas, parenting coordinators must be at least a masters' level professional and hold a license in mental health or family law.  In Texas, a parenting facilitator must have a masters' level degree or higher, and be a licensed professional.  For example, In the state of North Carolina, the background, training and expereince of a parenting coordinator is govern by a statute. 

The North Carolina statute outlines the following:

§ 50-93. Qualifications.
(a) To be eligible to be included on the district court's list of parenting coordinators, a person must meet all of the following requirements:
(1) Hold a masters or doctorate degree in psychology, law, social work, counseling, medicine, or a related subject area.
(2) Have at least five years of related professional post-degree experience.
(3) Hold a current license in the parenting coordinator's area of practice, if applicable.
(4) Participate in 24 hours of training in topics related to the developmental stages of children, the dynamics of high-conflict families, the stages and effects of divorce, problem solving techniques, mediation, and legal issues.
(b) In order to remain eligible as a parenting coordinator, the person must also attend parenting coordinator seminars that provide continuing education, group discussion, and peer review and support. (2005-228, s. 1.) 


Visit the section on legislation for further clarification on state requirements.



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