This presentation will start with an introduction to family systems and co-parenting. It will demonstrate common family system dynamics that can make co-parenting difficult and impact child development.

It will also demonstrate important ways to work with clients in a co-parenting dynamic. Participants will learn appropriate validation techniques; how to help clients untangle co-dependent relationship patterns including enmeshment; how to help clients move on a path of acceptance and working within the current relationship pattern to promote wellness and health for themselves; how to help clients learn to engage in sustainable self-care; how to help clients develop life skills for parent to parent relationships and also parent-child relationships; how to help clients understand and manage power-control dynamics; how to help clients manage their fears and worries around co-parenting; and how to help clients improve their co-parenting communication to be more effective and productive.

3 CE’s MFT Pending

Participants will learn validation; untangling co-dependencies/enmeshment dynamics; acceptance of co-parenting situations; self-care engagement; life skills for parent-parent and parent-child relationships; power-control dynamics and boundaries; managing client fears; and productive co-parenting communication.

Participants will learn the importance of developing resiliency and life skills in children. Participants will learn important character traits to build in children as an effective co-parent. Topics will include caring, curiosity, common sense, perseverance, patience, integrity, kindness, effort, flexibility, relationships, managing money, initiative, and courage.

Lori Thibodeau is a business owner, trainer, speaker, and mental health professional. Lori has many years of experience working with systems that struggle with organizational conflict, parental conflict, parent-child conflict, divorce, alcohol and drug issues, incarceration of a parent, parent-child separation, special education needs of children, and mental health disorders. Her education is in counseling and psychotherapy and licensure by the board of marriage and family therapy. Lori currently works in private practice at The Bridging Center specializing in family systems experiencing divorce, family conflict, and co-parenting issues. Her career focus is promoting individual and systemic health in families.

Joseph Noble is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is a Co-parenting and Divorce educator and Coach.

He is responsible for the following programs:

• Bridging Parental Conflict® Divorce Education Co-creator and Instructor

• Blending Families: Roles and Boundaries™, Co-creator and Instructor

• Rebalancing Power in a Co-parenting Relationship, Co-creator and Instructor.

He has a career focus on child development and parental leadership in conflicted family systems and works in developmental counseling focusing on men and adolescent males.

He does Training, counseling, and psycho-education to create and nurture positive and healthy family relationships.