The Children In The Middle Workshop

All parents share a desire to minimize the impact of divorce on children. Each situation is unique and it can be challenging to know how to keep children out of the middle.

The Children In The Middle workshop offers tips to separating parents to aid in establishing successful co-parenting partnerships, strengthening parent-child bonds, and helping children thrive as families restructure.

Children In The Middle

The Children In The Middle program is a one -time, three hour workshop designed to help parents support their children through the processes of divorce, separation, and custody determination.

Children In The Middle is provided by The Guidance Center and offered through the Family Centers in McKean County.

Workshops are available in the evening during the week and on Saturdays.

Workshop Topics

  • Managing conflict and facilitating productive communication with the other parent
  • Typical child reactions to divorce and separation by age
  • How the child’s environment influences adjustment to family changes
  • Ways to minimize stress for your children when they transition between homes
  • Helping your child cope with feelings of grief and loss
  • Helping children express feelings
  • Recognizing signs when your child may need additional help coping with changes
  • Handling stress and taking care of yourself

Program Outcomes

  • Improved parental communications
  • Reduced children’s exposure to parental conflict
  • 57% reduction in re-litigation (childaccess, change of custody, and/or child-support disputes)
  • 30% reduction in child/parental loyalty conflicts
  • 70% fewer school absences among children
  • 22% reduction in child-reported stress