What do I need to do to use your program in my practice?
First, complete the training that corresponds with the program model you want to offer. Next, complete the licensing procedure. Each year you are required to renew your licensing in order to remain an approved provider.
Do I have to be a professionally licensed "counselor" or mental health provider to use your program?
Not necessarily. Our program models were designed to be used in any family law setting - by licensed mental health professionals, lawyers, mediators, coaches and other helping professionals. Please review each program model for specific professional licensing requirements.
Professional Licensing: In order to offer New Ways counseling program model, yes, you must be licensed by your state to offer counseling services. To offer coaching, mediation or parent education classes, you just have to be qualified in your jurisdiction to offer such services. The New Ways curriculum can be incorporated into any service.
Content Licensing: The above is not to be confused with "licensing" of the curriculum. You must complete a licensing procedure with us to use the name, method and materials with clients. This licensing is specific to the curriculum and materials, rather than a professional license. Read more about our content licensing here.
Do you have specific New Ways for Families forms to be used?
Yes. We have standard forms for getting started and completing behavioral declarations, parent instructions, agreements to use, court order templates, confidentiality agreements, release of information forms, coordination letters and verification of completion forms. These forms are reviewed and instructions are provided during the initial New Ways 2-day training.
Please contact us directly for the forms you need, depending on the type of case you have and the program model you are using.
Why should I sign up for your newsletter?
Our quarterly newsletter is designed to be a resource for professionals. We include two featured articles, client handouts, featured videos and books, professional development resources and important provider information.
Do you help professionals market themselves as approved providers?
We list all approved providers on our website, with contact information and services provided. We offer a variety of promotional brochure templates. We provide assistance and collaboration in presenting the New Ways program to your community or court system.
How is the Parent Workbook used?
Each of our program models has a corresponding workbook for parents. Practitioners guide parents in completing the exercises in the workbook during the counseling, coaching or pre-mediation sessions.
Counseling Model = Parent Workbook
Collaborative Model = Collaborative Parent Workbook
Pre-Mediation Coaching Model = Pre-Mediation Coaching Workbook
Decision Skills Class = Decision Skills Class Workbook
New Ways Online = No workbook; All exercises are provided within the online course
How do clients access your online program?
Our online Parenting Without Conflict course is available here. Parents can register on their own from that page. Once they create an account and make payment, they can get started right away - in their own time, from their own home. Certificates of completion are provided.
Is New Ways researched-based?
A Social Return on Investment Study was completed for our pilot program in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Download the Executive Summary by clicking here. The executive summary describes the outcomes for parents and child that were demonstrated by the program study.
Research basis: the program curriculum is based on aspects of the following evidenced-based interventions: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Child Inclusive Mediation.
We are always looking to implement the program in new communities so we can continue our research efforts. If you are interested in bringing together your local court, legal professionals and mental health professionals to implement and research the program, contact us for more information.
I'm a judge - how can I use this program?
Judges, Family Court Services counselors, court commissioners and court staff can refer parents to any of the program providers in their community. By referring clients to New Ways, the court is able to better understand: who has the capacity and willingness to learn new skills; who is complying with court orders and how is not; who needs a more intensive court-ordered program (anger management, substance abuse etc.).
After participating in New Ways, clients should be more willing and able to do the following:
- communicate about parenting decisions
- prepare a parenting plan with the help of professionals
- behave more appropriately in court
- engage in more reasonable decision making
- propose more reasonable parenting requests and co-parenting solutions
- respond rather than react.
This gives the judge/court more information on which to base any decisions he/she needs to make for the parties. Ideally, parents should rely on mediation and other settlement techniques (with lawyers or other professionals) to resolve their parenting issues, rather than rely on a judge to make decisions for them. The program focuses on accountability and personal responsibility for engaging in meaningful discussions about long-term co-parenting.