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Effective Interactive Divorce Education Programs

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

Children in the Middle is a skills based program that helps children and parents deal with the children's reactions to divorce. Divorcing parents may use their children to manipulate and/or control each other around a variety of personal, social, and financial issues. These tactics increase the stress and anxiety typically experienced by children of divorce and can increase children's risk for behavior problems, depression, delinquency, substance use, teen pregnancy, school failure and dropout, and suicide. Built around a 37 minute video for parents and a 30 minute video for children, children in the Middle needs no special training or licensing to implement and seeks to alleviate children's problems such as: 1) Loss of concentration and attention. 2) Declining grades and behavior problems at school. 3) Withdrawal from friends. 4) Emotional outbursts and health problems. 5) Serious anger with one or both parents. 6) Delinquency and substance use. The parent video teaches parents the skills needed to avoid putting children in the middle of their conflicts. The child video helps children understand why parents divorce and teaches children stress and anger management and problem solving skills. The parent video is available open caption.

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Name: Donald A. Gordon, Ph.D.
Site or Location Name: Children in the Middle
Center for Divorce Education, 340 W. State Street
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: (541) 482-2829