Parenting Facilitation and Parenting Coordination

It’s all about the kids! Parenting facilitation is a child-focused conflict resolution process in which a mental health or legal professional with mediation training and experience assists high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan when they are unable to do so on their own. Frequently this high level of conflict is due to unresolved anger and resentment between the parents and their inability to communicate appropriately. Research shows that children suffer greatly throughout their lifetime when they are exposed to ongoing hostility and lack of conflict resolution between their parents. With prior approval of the parties (both parents) and/or the court, Parenting Facilitators can intervene and make decisions within the scope of the court order or appointment contract.

Leslie B. Miller Helps Parents:

  • Identify disputed issues
  • Reduce misunderstandings
  • Learn about their children’s needs
  • Clarify priorities
  • Explore possibilities for problem solving
  • Develop methods of collaboration in parenting
  • Write and implement parenting plans
  • Comply with court orders
  • Obtain training regarding parenting skills and conflict resolution
  • Settle disputes regarding parenting issues

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The Parenting Facilitation Process

As the Parenting Facilitator, Leslie will meet the parents jointly and communicate with them and their attorneys. She will then write status reports to the court as needed and defined in the court order as well as testify in court as needed. Leslie may review written evaluations and reports and may be in contact with other professionals involved with the family, such as physicians, mental health providers, school counselors or teachers.
 

Parenting Facilitation (PF) vs. Parenting Coordination (PC) Duties:

The roles of the PF’s and the PC’s are primarily the same, but the PF assists the parents in a non-confidential capacity, and is required to submit reports to the court with recommendations that may affect the well-being of the children. The PC assists the parents in a confidential capacity, and only informs the court whether there is a necessity for the PC to continue assisting the parents.
 

Credentials:

The PF is required be a licensed professional counselor, licensed social worker, licensed marriage and family counselor, or attorney. The PC is only required to have certain academic credentials.
 

Training and Education:

Both PF’s and PC’s are required to have specialized training including but not limited to parenting coordination or facilitation, dispute resolution techniques, and family violence dynamics.
 

For more detailed information call Leslie today. She is trained to be both a Parenting Facilitator and a Parenting Coordinator. You may also refer to these sections of the Texas Family Code: 153.601 through 153.611


Parenting Facilitation and Parenting Coordination | Dallas Counseling & Wellness Center

It’s all about the kids! Parenting facilitation is a child-focused conflict resolution process in which a mental health or legal professional with mediation training and experience assists high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan when they are unable to do so on their own.