The Fundamentals of Parenting Coordination

A 16-hour online training program for professionals interested in parenting coordination.

November 29 - December 2, 2021

AFCC is pleased to offer a comprehensive parenting coordination (PC) training, conducted online by a team of leading international practitioners and trainers. This 16-hour training program is based on the 2019 AFCC Guidelines for Parenting Coordination and the Recommendations for Comprehensive Training of Parenting Coordinators. The program will take place in two segments per day, two hours each. Recordings of all sessions will be available for registrants.

This program will include a comprehensive overview of the PC process, including definition of the role, responsibilities, and function of the parenting coordinator; an overview of family dynamics; specific PC strategies, techniques, and interventions; implications of intimate partner violence; cultural considerations; ethical issues; and use of technology.

Participants will learn about the parenting coordinator’s scope of authority, strategies to help parents improve cooperation and communication, how to help clients utilize the process, and how to effectively write recommendations or decisions.

Learning Objectives

Participants in this training will be able to:

  • Define parenting coordination and identify at least three differences between parenting coordination and other conflict resolution processes.
  • Describe the multiple roles and functions of the parenting coordinator.
  • Identify the main elements of the professional services agreement/contract.
  • List at least three phases of the parenting coordination process.
  • Explain the impact of separation, divorce, and parental conflict on family dynamics and child well-being.
  • Name the four models of coparenting and will be able to discuss how they impact children.
  • List the steps for structuring the parenting coordination process.
  • Discuss how to use outside experts and resources effectively and describe the PC roles and functions on the collaborative/support team.
  • Apply two techniques for managing non-compliance, and two techniques for managing the impact of high conflict.
  • Recognize when to decline an appointment and when to withdraw from a case.
  • Identify when a parenting coordinator should move into the decision-making phase, and how to prepare and write those decisions.
  • Apply procedures for initial and ongoing screening for IPV and implement appropriate safety interventions and protocols.
  • Analyze the interplay between AFCC Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (2019), other ethical guidelines, and other professional practice guidelines.
  • Explain the difference between explicit and implicit emotional, cognitive, and behavioral biases.
  • Identify at least five diversity issues that affect the ability or willingness of coparents to engage in the process and two process modifications.
  • Assess the benefits and risks of using technology in the parenting coordination process.


PC Process I

10:00AM - 12:00PM

PC Process II

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Family Dynamics

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Techniques & Interventions

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Techniques & Interventions II

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Techniques & Interventions III

1:00PM - 3:00PM

IPV and Safety

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Ethics, Diversity, Technology

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Note: If you are unable to attend live, stay tuned to the AFCC website for a special offer. Recordings of the training programs will be available at a reduced price following the completion of both programs. Continuing education credit is available only for programs attended live.