Psychology: Co-Parenting After Separation

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Release Date: October 27, 2017
Expiration Date: October 27, 2022

Over the past fifty years, social scientists have explored a wide range of issues related to parental divorce and parenting after separation. This interest was sparked, at least in part, by the growth in the number of families with children whose parents are living apart from each other. With increases in divorce rates and social acceptance of diverse family structures, the interest in how children are affected, post-divorce parenting and legal issues, and the types of interventions that can help families navigate the divorce transition have all become important areas of research.

This basic-level course offers an updated evidence base related to key factors in parental separation and divorce that are associated with positive outcomes for children and families. With an emphasis on the child's best interest, the course walks practitioners through parenting children during and after parents separate based on the child's biopsychosocial and developmental needs. The course focuses on the importance of non-adversarial conflict resolution and continued involvement of both parents in children's lives within a cooperative co-parenting relationship. Case examples illustrate the key learning points throughout the course.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits.

New Jersey Social Workers - Co-Parenting After Separation, Course #2953, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Elite Professional Education, LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/17/2020 - 03/17/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Identify the effects of parental separation on children and key factors associated with their positive adjustment.
  • Identify the effects of divorce on parents.
  • Describe divorce education programs and interventions for common problems in divorced families.
  • Explain the concept of cooperative co-parenting and a framework for cooperative parenting plans.
  • Describe intervention approaches for different parenting constellations following divorce.
  • Recognize special considerations for separated families who experience domestic violence, parental alienation, new relationships, same-sex partnerships, reproductive issues, and geographic relocation.


Edward Kruk, MSW, PhD, is an associate professor of social work at the University of British Columbia, specializing in child and family policy. Dr. Kruk also practices family mediation and divorce counseling in Vancouver. His research projects have focused on parenting after divorce, family mediation, and parental alienation. He received his BA and MSW degrees from the University of Toronto and his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied as a National Welfare Fellow.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • Peer reviewer Glenn Stone is the Chairperson of the Department of Social Work at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is the author of several articles on the topic of divorce adjustment and coauthor of a book on nonresidential fathers entitled Fathering at Risk: Helping Nonresidential Fathers.

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