Introduction Skillset Required for the Work How to Use this Book 1. This is Not Post-Divorce Therapy 2. It's About the Children Now 3. The Games We Play 4. Out of Conflict into Compromise 5. Including Step-Parents in the Process 6. Give Them a Voice 7. Developing the Co-Parenting Plan 8. The Final Family Session 9. Therapeutic and Ethical Challenges Opportunities for Further Study
Mary L. Jeppsen, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who co-owns Fresh Roots Family Counseling in Rogers, Arkansas. She developed a co-parenting counseling model with the intention of assisting parents in developing healthy co-parenting relationships. Dr. Jeppsen is also a certified Daring WayTM facilitator in the work of Brene Brown.
"Co-parenting well requires ex-spouses to, at least on occasion,
be in the same room together and communicate. So, why doesn't
therapy facilitate this? That's the question Dr. Jeppsen asks in
her innovative attachment-based approach to therapy with
co-parents. Even in an environment of hurt and distrust, her
approach helps co-parents find common ground to better raise their
children. In this book, therapists gain practical session outlines
and guidance for in-session discussion topics and detailed clinical
procedures for working with clients. What children gain is a Mom
and a Dad. I highly recommend it."
Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC, president of Smart Stepfamilies and bestselling author of The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family
"Dr. Jeppsen's co-parenting program is an essential part of my
work representing children in high conflict custody cases. These
children need their parents to get better. Dr. Jeppsen's work has
helped hundreds of children in Arkansas, but she is just one
person. I am so thankful that the reach of Dr. Jeppson's
co-parenting therapy model is expanding and that many more children
will benefit from her work and vision."
Hadley M. Hindmarsh, attorney ad litem