Dr. Don Gordon and his Ohio University colleague Jack Arbuthnot created a commercially available standardized program called After the Storm (AtS), after the West Virginia Supreme Court asked them to develop a course for high conflict divorcing/divorced couples. Their goal was to educate separated parents on the causes of anger and conflict, help them recognize when they engaged in harmful conflict, and give them some strategies for controlling their conflict and communicating more effectively with the other parent.More »
It is always the children who suffer most when a couple splits up.
We at the Center for Divorce Education are dedicated to assisting parents so that their children's suffering is minimized. Through our research we have found effective methods for reducing the stress of divorce not only for children but also for many couples. Our interactive and skills-based approaches help couples to view their separation or divorce in a new light.
Our site includes resources for you to use including access to professionals. We also have an area for couples who may want to explore reconciliation and strengthening their relationship. And finally, the Center for Divorce Education is dedicated to conducting research and using those findings to keep our programs at the highest quality and cutting edge.
We invite you to explore the site, read our outcome research, try our programs, and find resources that may best suit your circumstance.
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We hope you find our site useful and welcome your input and suggestions. Click below for a sample of the program.
In the life of a child, the divorce of his or her parents can be one of the most traumatic events they have yet encountered. The Children in Between Online Program can help you lower your child's stress level during this difficult time, ease the long-term psychological burden your divorce may place upon your children, and help make the entire process more understandable and manageable for both you and your children.
Through an online interactive format, parents learn effective skills that will immediately change the way they interact. Five realistic scenarios are enacted and critiqued in streaming video. Participants then choose from among realistic solutions and explore different ways of handling the conflicts. Each section includes in-depth tutorials, question and answer sessions, and a quiz to further engrain the new skills.
Children in Between explores five typical issues of divorce:
- Money Problems
- Children Carrying Messages Between Parents
- Long Distance Parenting
- Quizzing Children about the other Parent
- Putting Down the Other Parent