STRUCTURED EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION - Handbook of couples therapy

The trauma of postdivorce adjustment also can be effectively eased by using structured educational group interventions. Parent education programs and school-based divorce intervention programs for children have become commonplace and are often very helpful in both facilitating effective co-parenting and helping children adjust . Other divorce adjustment groups aim to help participants understand the practical adjustments necessary to heal from divorce and to develop interpersonal, communication, and social skills facilitating the recovery of selfesteem and the building of a new social network. Role playing, nonverbal exercises, directed reading, writing, keeping a journal, problem-solving and decision-making exercises, and referrals to other educational and community resources may be involved. An advantage of the group approach is that participants gain validation for their disturbing feelings and supportive opportunities for mutual problem solving with peers who may become friends. The author has found that such groups can be a very effective adjunct to postdivorce psychotherapy.
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