New Ways for Families - Parenting without Conflict

Learn new skills for more effective co-parenting with you type of co-parent

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New Ways for Families

Get started today with your New Ways for Families – Parenting without Conflict Course.

Created by Bill Eddie from the High Conflict Institute

Based on years of experience with working with high conflict families

Customised to Australian Legal Environment by Interact Support

The course has been fully reviewed and updated to contain information about the Australian Family Law system to provide accurate information about your options and obligations with regards to Family Law and your children.

Become a New Ways Coach

The New Ways Coach Training is for professionals who work with families in conflict to help parents to negotiate more successfully.

Live video training with program designer, Bill Eddy.

Coping with Stress

The first of the four big skills you’ll learn about is Managed Emotions so that you can limit the stress associated with co-parenting with a difficult co-parent.

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Solving Co-Parenting Problems

Next you’ll learn more about flexible thinking and how to avoid getting stuck without options when co-parenting problems happen.

Avoiding Over-Reacting

The third big skill is moderate behaviour and you’ll learn how to remain in control even when your co-parent is behaving unreasonably.

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Influencing your type of Co-Parent

Then you will learn more about checking yourself so that you can make sure that you don’t lose control even if you have a very difficult co-parent.

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New Ways for Families Overview Video

Watch this video to find out more about New Ways for Families and the other programs that Interact Support provides to help prevent family conflict and violence.

Course Details

Module 1 - Coping with Stress
In this module you’ll learn some techniques for coping with stress and understand why managing your emotions is so important.  Topics include:

  • Coping with Stress – self-reflection on your current strategies
  • Calming yourself – how to calm yourself
  • What happens to our brains under stress
  • How to use encouraging statements
  • Mirror neurones and picking up other people’s emotions
  • Emotions and children
  • Top three parenting skills
Module 2 - Solving co-parenting problems (Flexible Thinking)
In this module you’ll learn some techniques for solving problems with your co-parent. Topics include:

  • Solving co-parenting problems – self-reflection on your current strategies
  • Influencing your co-parent
  • Flexible thinking
  • Making Proposals
  • Preparing to make proposals
  • Gathering information
  • Proposals with a lawyer or Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Family Law Mediator)
  • Setting a Flexible Thinking goal
Module 3 - Avoiding Over-Reacting (Moderate Behaviours)
In this module you’ll learn some techniques for solving problems with your co-parent. Topics include:

  • Avoiding Over-Reacting – self-reflection on your current strategies
  • Moderate Behaviours
  • Writing Emails – the BIFF Response Technique
  • Coaching for BIFF Responses
  • Using BIFF Responses to look good
Module 4 - Influencing your type of co-parent (Checking Yourself)
In this module you’ll learn some techniques for coping with your type of co-parent. Topics include:

  • Checking yourself – self-reflection on your current strategies
  • Recognising your type of co-parent
    • “I’m very superior” Co-Parent
    • “Love you, Hate you” Co-Parent
    • “Con Artist” Co-Parent
    • “Really Scary” Co-Parent
    • “Always Supsicious” Co-Parent
    • “Always Dramatic” Co-Parent
  • Checking yourself before mediation
  • Negotiating Principals
Module 5 - Extreme behaviours and the effects on your child's brain
In this module you’ll learn research based information about why exposure to conflict is harmful to children. Topics include:

  • If your co-parent has extreme behaviour problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Anger management
  • The effects of stress on your child’s brain
  • Child Alienation
  • Family counselling for Alienation
  • False allegations of abuse
  • Parent absence
  • Staying out of court
  • What to tell the children
Module 6 - Raising healthy children
In this module you’ll learn more about raising healthy children. Topics include:

  • Raising healthy children with your co-parent
  • Emotions that can interfere
  • Three types of co-parent co-operation
  • Healthcare Decisions
  • Educational Decisions
  • Changes in Schedule
  • Daycare Providers
  • Changeovers
  • With a difficult but safe co-parent
  • With a difficult and unsafe co-parent
  • If you have anger management issues
Module 7: Child Developmental Goals
This module looks at normal child development goals. Topics include:

  • Developmental goals
  • Ages and stages
    • Birth to 1 year old
    • 1 to 3 years old
    • 3 to 5 years old
    • 5 to 12 years old
    • 12 to 18 years old
    • Co-parenting adult children
Module 8: Parenting Schedules
This module looks at parenting schedules (shared care) and the impact on your child’s developmental needs. Topics include:

  • Parenting Schedules and a relationship with both of you
  • The quality of the Attachment Relationship
  • General principals by age
  • Changes to parenting schedules
Module 9: Using Professionals
This module looks at the different types of professionals who work in the Family Law System helping families to deal with conflict and/or separation and divorce. Topics include:

  • Using Professionals
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • New Ways Coaches
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners
  • Lawyers
  • Informing professionals about your co-parent
  • Court Hearings
Module 10: New partners and new families
This module looks at re-partnering and step parent relationships. Topics include:

  • New Partners, New Families
  • New Partner and Parenting Issues which include:
    •  What to call your new partner
    • New parenting disputes
    • Changes in the schedule
    • New partners children
    • Setting limits
Module 11: Handling Financial Issues as a co-parent
This module looks at financial issues that can occur in co-parenting relationships. Topics include:

  • Handling Financial issues
  • Five areas of Financial issues
    • Child Support
    • Spousal Maintenance
    • Property Division
    • Taxation Issues
    • Bankruptcy and Debt
  • Hiding money and discovery
  • Mediation and Property Settlements
Module 12: How to avoid becoming a "high-conflict" case
The final module looks at how to avoid becoming a costly “high-conflict” case in the family courts. Topics include:

  • Avoid becoming a high conflict case
  • Unmanaged emotions in court
  • Frequent flyers
  • Anticipating problems
  • Changing parenting orders
  • Child alienation issues after orders are made
  • When should you stop fighting in court?
  • Looking ahead

Do the New Ways for Families Course

New Ways for Families is a 12 module, self-paced online learning course that will give you new tools and strategies to help your children to grow strong and healthy even with your type of co-parent.

The course costs $198 and takes about twelve (12) hours to complete.

A certificate of completion is issued when you complete the course.

Are you a Family Law Professional?

Find out about how you can become a New Ways Coach and help your clients to understand and apply the New Ways Skills.

New Ways Coach training costs $300 for the general course and $375 for mediators who want the additional Advanced Mediation Skills Module.

A certificate of completion is issued when you complete the course as evidence of the professional development and a listing on the New Ways for Families website as a New Ways Coach.