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New Ways for Families Method

mediator3New Ways for Families is a short-term structured parenting skills method to reduce the impact of conflict on the children in potentially high-conflict divorce and separation cases. This method emphasizes strengthening skills for positive future behavior (new ways), rather than focusing on past negative behavior – while still acknowledging it.

This method is designed to be an interdisciplinary, out-of-court divorce resolution method. It teaches parents the skills they need to put their children first and make their own divorce and custody agreements - with the help of professionals, but without relying on the judge to make all the decisions.

It helps to protect children as their families re-organize in new ways after a separation or divorce, and teaches parents skills for long-term co-parenting. It can be used with married or never-married parents.

View our short Introduction for Professionals video, which includes a demonstration of the role of each professional. (free on YouTube)

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Program Models

New Ways for Families is available in 5 program models, to meet the needs of parents and professionals in all types of family law settings:

  • Court Based Counseling
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Decision Skills Class
  • Pre-Mediation Coaching
  • Parenting without Conflict by New Ways for Families, online 12 hour co-parenting course


Training Options

Our training options range from a 1.5 hour online training to a 2-day advanced training for professionals, depending on the model you would like to use with clients. Contact our New Ways program at 619.980.0853 to discuss which program model and training option is best for you.


Order our Professional Guidebook

nwpro smThe New Ways for Families Professional Guidebook is for mental health professionals (counselors) who want to learn more about New Ways for Families or use the method with their clients. Also helpful for judges, lawyers, mediators and collaborative divorce professionals. It is designed to be used with the New Ways for Families Basic 6-hour Training, available on DVD, and either the Parent Workbook, Collaborative Parent Workbook, Decision Skills Class Workbook/Manual, or the Pre-Mediation Coaching Workbook.

By learning small skills in small steps, parents will learn to better communicate, manage their emotions, and make decisions that are in the best interest of their child. 

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