New Ways for Families®: Decision Skills Instructor's Manual

New Ways for Families®: Decision Skills Instructor's Manual

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New Ways for Families®: Decision Skills Class Manual

This New Ways for Families® Decision Skills Class Manual is to be used by professionals in divorce education and co-parenting programs in a class format.

New Ways is a method of teaching and reinforcing four simple conflict resolution skills for parents and children. For families going through a separation or divorce, the skills focus on helping co-parents – even high conflict co-parents – work together in making decisions and managing their lives as much as realistically possible.

Parents can be court-ordered into the class or participate voluntarily. The class be can be taught as three class sessions (60-90 minutes each) or can be incorporated into any existing parenting class curriculum. The class sessions are structured using the Decision Skills Workbook. Parents are expected to work through the workbook during class, with the assistance of the instructor. An Instructor’s Manual is provided.

This is a shorter version of the 12 week counseling model, but the focus remains on learning and practicing the four skills. It is not intended to replace parenting classes that focus on other aspects of the parent-child relationship during divorce. There is no Parent-Child component in this model.

Book Details

Publication date: 2013
Pages: 66
Binding: stapled booklet
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Author: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.
ISBN: 978-1-936268-59-7

Author Info

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:

High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The CARS Method®, BIFF Response®, New Ways for Families®, New Ways for Work℠, New Ways for Mediation℠ and EAR Statement℠ are trademarks or service marks of William A. Eddy d/b/a High Conflict Institute. All rights reserved.

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saves the court time and resources
reduces court appearances
protects children as the family reorganizes


immunize families from becoming high conflict
reduce existing conflict in cases already identified as "high conflict"
increase child's well-being
encourage settlement instead of litigation
effective client engagement & client management