Starting a New Ways Program

1.    Watch the New Ways for Families® Intro for Professionals video (1 hour) and decide if you want to do this method. This video primarily demonstrates the Court-Based Counseling model, but also provides important information about basis, purpose and structure the program.

2.    Read the Professional Guidebook and Articles about how New Ways is different.

3.    Review our website or contact us to discuss which program model and training option would best meet your needs. 

4.  Contact us to schedule a training. We will discuss which training option is best for you, depending on the model you want to use. If you want the full “live” 2-day training, contact other professionals, including local counselors, lawyers and judges (if possible) to generate interest. The level of community interest will determine the best training option. We will help you determine the best way to organize a training in a way that will meet your needs.

If you are only going to provide the Coaching model or Decision Skills Class model and would like to become trained by viewing the 90 minute online video training, you may register for that online training individually, at any time. Contact us for group rates if you intend to train multiple people using the online video.

Decision Skills Class - Instructor Training

Pre-Mediation Coaching - Coaches’ Training

5.    Complete the training and licensing requirements with High Conflict Institute.

6.    Join the “New Ways Network”

If implementing New Ways as a community-wide program, it is best to develop a steering committee and timeline for starting a New Ways program following the training. Steering committees should ideally be comprised of counselors, family law attorneys and judges, if possible. A panel of trained professionals will be developed after the training and licensing requirements have been met. This list of trained professionals will be listed on our New Ways website. View our current approved provider list here.

If implementing New Ways on an agency-level or within your individual practice, you can begin offering the program any time after completing the training and licensing requirements.

Contact us to further discuss the steps of implementation. We will help you decide which approach is best for your community.

7.    Adapt the New Ways forms and procedures to fit your local agency and family court jurisdiction, with High Conflict Institute approval and assistance.