WELCOME TO NEW WAYS FOR FAMILIES®
Hello NEW Parents,
We are glad you are here! New Ways for Families® is intended to help everyone in your family during this time of transition. Below are the steps you will take to get started.
This is a 2-part program
You will attend 6 sessions with your Parent Counselor
(your co-parent will attend 6 sessions with a different counselor)
You will work through the Parent Workbook at each session
On completion your Counselor will sign the Verification of Completion: Individual Parent Counseling at the end of your Parent Workbook, for you to copy and provide to the court and anyone else necessary or that you choose
Then you are ready for Part 2
You will attend 3 sessions with your child(ren) with the Parent-Child Counselor
(your co-parent will attend on alternating weeks with the child(ren) and the same Parent-Child Counselor)
You will work through the Parent-Child sections of the Parent Workbook at each session
On completion your Parent-Child Counselor will sign the Verification of Completion: Individual Parent-Child Counseling at the end of your Parent Workbook, for you to copy and provide to the court and anyone else necessary or that you choose
Then you are ready for Mediation or other negotiation method
Be sure to do everything on this page to ensure you can start your first appointment with everything already done.
Here’s a quick at-a-glance checklist of what you need to do to get started - you can do everything from this page.
email any court orders regarding parenting
complete Behavioral Declaration
schedule appointments with counselor(s)
contact us when appointment has been scheduled
now you ready to start with #1 and proceed through each step through the end of the page.
1: SIGN UP
1) Sign up here
if the judge did not assign a counselor to you, we will let you know who your counselor is.
***Please CONTACT your assigned counselor right away to schedule your first appointment.***
2: Parenting order
Email your most recent Parenting Order (or parenting plan) from the court to:
3: behaviorAL declaration
Complete your Behavioral Declaration below (must be submitted at least 2 days before your first session).
A Behavioral Declaration will provide the New Ways for Families® counselors and your parent partner some brief information about the three primary concerns that you have with the other parent’s parenting style, communication style and his/her ability to follow the agreed upon parenting plan/agreement.
Reply Behavioral Declarations indicate whether each parent agrees or not with the concerns of their parent partner. These help the Counselors to assist each parent by understanding the issues from each parent’s point of view, and gauge how much agreement or disagreement there is on particular topics/concerns.
The following instructions will help you prepare this Behavioral Declaration:
A) Behavioral Declaration: Your Behavioral Declaration should describe specific behaviors that are of concern to you as well as the strengths of your parent partner that you can identify. The Behavioral Declaration should indicate specifically what you are requesting regarding future behaviors or interactions as you co-parent your children. A copy of your Behavioral Declaration will be provided to your parent partner and to the New Ways for Families® counselors for both parents and the parent-child counselor.
B) REPLY Behavioral Declaration: After you and your parent partner have completed your own Behavioral Declarations, you will each have a chance to respond using a REPLY Behavioral Declaration. Your counselor will go over the REPLY Behavioral Declaration with you, after which a copy of your REPLY will be provided to your parent partner and to the NWFF® counselors for both parents and the parent-child counselor.
For now, start here with the BEHAVIORAL DECLARATION. you will do the reply later:
Some parents struggle with this part. if you need help, contact us below to schedule a 30-minute session with one of our experts:
4: parent workbook
Purchase your Parent Workbook here. you will need this at your first appointment with your counselor.
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