Course Description

Hours: 12

There is a high rate of marriages/partnerships that dissolve and/or end in divorce in Canada; many of these families include children. This workshop will deconstruct the transition from relationship breakdown, to post-relationship parenting and family restructuring models including co-parenting, parallel parenting, single parenting and blended/recoupling. We will focus on important considerations and common issues for parents and children/youth navigating the dissolution of the couple partnership as well as the post-relationship adjustment and well-being. The workshop will engage participants through the use of lecture, case studies, videos, as well as small and large group discussions.

Learner Outcomes

Over the course of the two days, participants will develop an increased understanding and informed approach related to the following: 
•    The challenges associated with the “divorce narrative”.
•    The risk and protective factors of post-relationship parenting and children’s and adult adjustment.
•    Exploring challenges with parent-child contact (i.e. alienation).
•    An awareness of the unique issues related to varying social locations (i.e. culture, ability, sexual orientation, gender, race, and ethnicity, spiritual) and families in transition.
•    Approaches to legal separations/divorces in Canada, including judicial and alternative dispute resolution models.
•    Incidents of interpersonal/domestic violence during the separation. 
•    The grieving process.
•    Trauma-informed considerations.
•    The inter-play between family members and various influential systems.
•    Post-separation growth and resilience. 
•    The complexities associated with blending families/recoupling.
•    Strategies and approaches in assisting families, children and youth with the above-mentioned issues.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
When the Marriage/Partnership Ends: Families in Transition
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9:00AM to 4:00PM
Apr 03, 2024 to Apr 04, 2024
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Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
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Section Notes

Instructors: Patricia Bidgood, MSW, RSW, and Kate Ross-Rudow, MSW, RSW

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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