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The Kids First After Divorce Program

 

“Kids First After Divorce” is the acclaimed psycho-educational program for separated parents that has served Albany families since 1991.  Its focus is on teaching parents how to prevent unnecessary distress in children during the divorce process and afterward.  At Kids First after Divorce we…… 

  • Provide parents with information and skills to help their children adjust to major family changes that often accompany parental separation.
  • Help parents learn to cope with the separation process in a way that is healthy for children.
  • Offer parents ways to understand their own feelings and reactions after separation.
  • Present explanations of the legal system and offer ideas for resolving conflicts outside the Courtroom.
  • Give parents specific strategies to reduce the “burden” children of divorce often experience.

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The Class

The Kids First after Divorce class is an intensive five hour class held on selected Thursdays from noon until 5:00PM in Colonie, New York.  It is not counseling.  It is not therapy.  You don’t have to worry about having to bare your soul to strangers.  Kids First after Divorce offers information for helping your children.  You will learn from a seasoned faculty of mental health professionals and an attorney in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Topics Discussed

 

 

The Separation Process: The Adult Experience

A review of the emotions and life challenges that occur during separation with suggestions about how to cope effectively with the wide range of emotions and surprising behavior that comes with divorce.

 

The Separation Process: The Child's Experience

A review of children's perspectives at different ages; discussion of their special needs if they are to adjust adequately to major family changes that come with divorce.

 

Co-Parenting After Separation

The keys to developing and maintaining a civil or parallel relationship with ex-partners.  De-focusing on changing the other parent and re-focusing on one’s own good parenting.  Domestic violence will be discussed with an emphasis on keeping children and adults safe in abusive relationships.

 

 

Dilemmas Children Experience

This portion of the session will explore a number of difficult dilemmas that children face when parents do not understand the impact of their behavior.  Specific examples will be offered, and there will be opportunity for group participation and feedback.  Suggestions and feedback will be available to group participants. 

 

Other Key Players:  Attorneys, Judges, Courts, Counselors, Family, & Friends 

Discussion of the influential role these people often play, with particular attention to the impact of the legal system on parents and children.  Alternatives to litigation, such as mediation, are also reviewed.

 

Dilemmas Children Experience
This portion of the session will explore a number of difficult dilemmas that children face when parents do not understand the impact of their behavior.  Specific examples will be offered, and there will be opportunity for group participation and feedback.   Suggestions and feedback will be available to group participants. 

 

Faculty

Jeffrey P. Wittmann, Ph.D.

Dr. Wittmann is a psychologist at  The Center for Forensic Psychology .  He is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of psychology and the law, co-authored this program and its manual, and has treated or evaluated thousands of children and their parents over the course of his career.  Dr. Wittmann appears regularly in the media regarding his thoughts on divorce psychology, has published a series of both popular and scholarly articles in this area, and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at SUNY Albany. He is a frequently utilized scholar/trainer for judges in family, appellate and supreme courts and is the author of the acclaimed self-help book “Custody Chaos, Personal Peace: Sharing Custody with an Ex Who Drives You Crazy” (Perigee, 2001).

 

Jeffrey M. Cohen, Esq.


Mr. Cohen is an attorney, highly credentialed divorce mediator, and founding faculty member with Kids First.  His professional practice is concentrated in the area of matrimonial and family law.  He has been an invited faculty member for seminars focused on training for New York State Law Guardians.  He offers a unique combination of having worked as a law guardian, as an advocate for parents in matrimonial matters, and as a divorce mediator, along with several decades of work in the area of divorce-related law.

 

Melissa Sheehy

Ms. Sheehy is an advanced doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York.  In addition to her experience presenting this psychoeducational class, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, and she has significant experience providing evaluation and treatment services to children and families from multicultural backgrounds.  

 

Registration 

You can access the guidance and relief that has been experienced by hundreds of parents since 1991 by registering for a class.   Simply:

Note:

  • You will not be placed in the same class as your child’s other parent.
  • You are not registered in the class until your fee is received and you are assigned a date!
  

Kids First After Divorce.
756 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY  12208


Phone:  443-2223
Fax:  433-7343
E-Mail: register@kidsfirstafterdivorce.com

 
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Download the registration form now!

*If you are at or below 240% of the federal poverty guidelines, you may qualify for a scholarship. You will need to complete an application and provide supporting materials about your income. Call  or e-mail to request a scholarship  application or download the scholarship application, now!

Recent publications by Dr. Wittmann:

Empirical and ethical problems with custody recommendations: A call for clinical humility and Judicial vigilance (Family Court Review, 2005)

Forensic domestic violence assessments  (New York Family Law Monthly, 2004)


Evaluating the evaluator: Assessing the quality of forensic custody assessments (Matrimonial Strategist, 2003)

Custody Chaos, Personal Peace (Perigee, 2001)