Ms. Brown provides assistance to parents with an Integrated Parenting Model. She assists parents to develop and practice the “tools” they need for constructive co-parenting. This model focuses on reducing the conflict between the parents and insuring the children’s emotional well-being. Her role is to coach parents in strategies that allow the children to maintain frequent, emotionally safe access to both parents (unless deemed to be inappropriate) and to have a loving relationship with both parents without fear of reprisal or adverse consequences.
Ms. Brown meets all of the necessary requirements in the state of Texas as a Parent Coordinator and Parent Facilitator.
The role of the Co-Parenting Coach is to provide parents with necessary knowledge about child development, children’s changing needs, and what to expect as families evolve over time. They provide assistance setting realistic goals for the children and for their co-parenting relationship. Coaches assess for each child’s unique needs and provide assistance for the parents to be attuned to the child’s specific challenges. They alsp provide assistance to increase parenting skills and to set up parenting plans with tools to handle challenges.
Parent Coordinator & Parent Facilitator
Both a Parent Coordinator and Parent Facilitator are a neutral third party to help parents who have divorced work through conflicts and to implement parenting plans. Both are appointed by the court system in legal orders from the court. Their primary focus is to be a monitor of the “best interests” of the child/children. They assist parents in making joint decisions about important issues such as education health care issues, and extracurricular activities. They help parents identify problematic patterns of thinking, reacting, and behaving and assists them to develop constructive strategies for co-parenting. The goal of the process is to develop a business-like relationship for the parents to prevent exposure of the child/children to the negative effects of parental conflict. Research indicates the long-term negative impact on children involved in a high conflict divorce include: emotional, relational and academic issues. The higher the conflict, the more likely the children will experience depression, anxiety, and conduct issues.
The differences between the Parent Coordinator and the Parent Facilitator:
- Facilitator is NOT confidential and reports to the court with a summary at designated times.
- Facilitator can testify in court if the court deems necessary.
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