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Our team is trained in all levels of High Conflict Divorce Resolution and are here to help assist families in moving towards a new way of parenting and communicating with the other parent. Research shows that both parents may engage in behaviour that is harmful to the children and while this isn’t always intentional, it is our belief that the damage to parent-child relationships that occurs can be minimized and in some cases, avoided altogether. Please contact the office to book a consultation with one of our specialists to determine what services would be the best fit for your family.

New Ways for Families®

New Ways for Families® is a structured parenting skills method for both parents that is intended to reduce the impact of conflict for children in potentially high-conflict divorce and separation cases. It is a “no blame, no shame” approach that emphasizes strengthening skills for positive future behavior. Parents have many opportunities throughout the program to practice the skills in a neutral strengths-based environment.

Why New Ways for Families®?
New Ways is intended to teach parents the skills necessary to put their children first by improving their co-parenting skills and by jointly making their parenting decisions with the help of professionals – but without relying on the court to make decisions for them. When parents make their own parenting decisions, they are more likely to follow the agreements.

This reduces the time and resources spent on managing these cases in unnecessary court hearings. Completion of the program also provides the court with information about parents who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary for successful co-parenting – as well as those parents who may need more intensive intervention.

Court Based Counselling

This delivery option can be accessed by those who are court ordered to attend, referred by their lawyer, mediator or therapist, or parents can voluntarily select this option. Each parent attends six confidential sessions with their own counsellor. Each parent and their child(ren) then attend three individual sessions with the same parent child therapist that works with both parents (and their children) separately. This option is intended for parents who have had difficulty in the past making joint parenting decisions, or who have spent a great deal of time in court.

Collaborative Divorce

This delivery option can be accessed by referral or by voluntary consent. Each parent attends three confidential sessions with their own counsellor. Couples divorcing that do not have children can access this program as well. Parents and their child(ren) then attend three individual session with the same parent child therapist that works with both parents individually. This option is for parents who are committed to making parenting decisions in a collaborative way, but they could use assistance in learning the skills necessary to co-parent effectively.

Decision Skills Building

This delivery option is for those couples who have decided to end their marriage, but the decision is mutual. This option can be accessed by couples that have children, as well as couples that do not have children together. Couples learn the same four skills in three ninety minute sessions that can be offered in group or individual sessions.

Pre Mediation Coaching

This delivery option is for people to learn the four skills before attending mediation. This option is for any person anticipating attending mediation, regardless of the reason for the mediation.

Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation of children, with the non-custodial parent and other family members, is provided by an Aspire Too clinician in a child-focused space, upon court order or as agreed by the involved parties. Your first visitation with your child/ren will be facilitated at the Aspire Too office.  Dependent on safety needs, subsequent visits can occur at your home or in the community. The overarching goal is for visits to occur in the most natural setting possible. Your clinician will discuss confidentiality with you and your child/ren, along with the role and responsibilities of the clinician.  The clinician will arrive in advance of scheduled visitations, prior to the arrival of the child/ren, and stay following the visit. This allows the clinician an opportunity to observe child responses pre and post visitation. Additionally, it offers the parent and the clinician time to debrief, for the parent to ask any questions, and for the clinician to provide any feedback.  The clinician will complete detailed notes regarding each visit, which will then be provided to any necessary parties once the visitations are completed.  If the parties should wish an observation report of all visits, this can be completed at the end of visitation at an extra cost. Requests for supervised visitation can be made by self referral or lawyer referral. For further details inquire with your Aspire Too professional.