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For younger children in primary and intermediate grades, the basis is the Rollercoasters material developed by the FamilyFirst Agency in Atlanta, Georgia.. The major points covered for adults and children include:
Loss: Children and their parents going through the transition of divorce experience many losses. Activities are designed to
help children discuss their losses.
Feelings: With the losses are the feelings of grief that many children have not discussed with anyone. The curriculum
focuses on helping children become aware of their feelings and for their parents to assist them in this endeavor. Special
emphasis is given to issues of anger.
Children in the Middle: Many children feel caught in the middle between their parents.
In this family group, children ages 3-18 are invited to attend with one parent or both parents if there is agreement in co-parenting. The primary goals of the group are:
1. To help parents and children establish better communication and
2. To be able to talk more effectively about the divorce/break-up transition and the losses experienced
A part of each session provides opportunities for the total family to experience learning and growth. During the session, families will be divided into separate groups of adults, teens, and children with each group engaging in age-appropriate learning activities. Each group will have its own facilitator(s).
This eight week support group inviting New Beginnings helps you transition into being single with confidence and a higher comfort level. You will explore and confirm your personal values and personality traits and learn to make more effective choices. The goal of beginning again is to help you regain a strong sense of your self-image and regain trust in your ability to make sound decisions creating a triumphant transition. It becomes a time of saying "hello" to possible new relationships in a healthy way.
This eight week support group for adults addresses the "Neutral Zone: Self-Awareness and Self-Healing" of the process. The focus is on the present and on you as the individual, so it is important that you have or are completing saying "goodbye" to your past and are ready to move on to experience a triumphant transition. "Because I am now okay and well, I will be ready for strong and successful new relationships." It's a time for claiming and practicing self awareness and healing.
This 8-week class for adults provides information and support for those in the beginning stages of recovery from divorce/break-up. The focus is moving from the past to the future. It is our hope that through your participation in divorce/break-up recovery you will:
~ understand the divorce/break-up as a journey of hope
~ experience a "safe place" in which you can share your story and grieve your losses
~ create a support system for yourself
This group also helps you accept the end of your relationship by addressing the "ending" process. Saying "goodbye" deals with the emotional and psychological aspects of divorce/break-up. In addition this group helps with the process of uncoupling. We will help you complete the divorce/break-up tasks by empowering you to say "goodbye" and move on to your new role in life through a triumphant transition.
The number of divorces has slightly declined. Two major reasons exist for this decrease:
1. Divorce/Break-Up can be costly. In difficult economic times, there are more people who cannot financially afford to get
2. More and more couples have chosen to live together and have families without getting married. While some of the couples
later choose to get married, there are also couples who break-up. The emotional impact of break-up is similar to the
emotional transition of divorce. Individuals (and families) from a break-up are also in need of healing and recovery.
Support for persons growing through transitions of all kinds becomes the focus of our journey. This support comes in the form of educational support in a safe environment where people get together for emotional support, informational and awareness support, and relational support from one another and from trained facilitators.
These different educational support groups engage people in different periods of transition moving from wherever a person is and providing the gift of growth and making them triumphant transitions.
Whether divorcing or divorced or in the midst of a break-up, these recovery groups enable people to find healthy recovery and support.
There are four different groups. The model was first developed by DivorceRecovery of Tucson, Arizona.
Contact: Dr. Don E. Canfield