addition, professionals should have parenting coordination training
to include topics such as:
• Differences between parenting
coordination other forms of high conflict work
• Role and
responsibilities of a parenting coordinator
• Impact of high
conflict on the family
• Coping styles of
• Divorce recovery
• Children's adjustment
issues specific to divorce
• Conflict resolution
• Mediation techniques
• Communication theory
• Developmental risks associated with
time sharing arrangements
• Facilitating effective
• Legal aspects of divorce
• Legal terminology and working with the legal professional
• Protocols for different
types of sessions
• Parental alienation and
• Strategies and
techniques for working with conflicted parents.
• Dealing with
noncompliance and resistance
• Working with the step
parent or significant other
• Ethical considerations
• Managing the personality
• Domestic violence
States with statutes governing the role of a parenting coordinator indicate the background, training and expereince required to perform this role. In many jurisdictions parenting coordinators are also required to participate in 40-hour
mediation training and domestic violence training. In all states with the exception of Texas, parenting coordinators must be at least a masters' level professional and hold a license in mental health or family law. In Texas, a parenting facilitator must have a masters' level degree or higher, and be a licensed professional. For example, In the state of North Carolina, the background, training and expereince of a parenting coordinator is govern by a statute.
The North Carolina statute outlines the following:
§ 50-93. Qualifications.
(a) To be eligible to be included on the district court's list of parenting coordinators, a person must meet all of the following requirements:
(1) Hold a masters or doctorate degree in psychology, law, social work, counseling, medicine, or a related subject area.
(2) Have at least five years of related professional post-degree experience.
(3) Hold a current license in the parenting coordinator's area of practice, if applicable.
(4) Participate in 24 hours of training in topics related to the developmental stages of children, the dynamics of high-conflict families, the stages and effects of divorce, problem solving techniques, mediation, and legal issues.
(b) In order to remain eligible as a parenting coordinator, the person must also attend parenting coordinator seminars that provide continuing education, group discussion, and peer review and support. (2005-228, s. 1.)
Visit the section on legislation for further clarification on state requirements.