We have been conducting research for over 30 years to develop and evaluate programs to promote children's healthy adjustment following their parents' divorce or separation. We have developed two programs that have a high level of scientific evidence that they work. We are now dedicated to delivering them to parents and their children.
" It makes me proud/happy to know that my children are doing a lot better than a few months ago before this program. This program has helped create a positive change for my 'new' family."
"My son and I are communicating much more effectively now, and I feel like we’re finally getting back to where we were before the divorce."
"This program should be a must for all divorced parents."
"Dear Judge, I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the New Beginnings program. This is an excellent program and should be a part of all separating or divorcing parents as standard."
"I am able to listen to my daughter and be able to strengthen the bond we once had before. This program has helped me a lot on how to go about discipline in a more positive way. I have more patience and less stress. [My child] is less angry. "
"The New Beginnings Program has informed me of some great tools for my 'tool bucket of fatherhood.' I continue to use these tools every day because of the impact that it has had on my family. My children have opened up to me, and our relationships have massively improved"
"I have become a better person by taking this class. I use all these skills not only with my children, but in life with spouses or at my work. These skills really do work! I loved this class and would take a second one if it ever became available. "
"I would recommend this program to every single parent struggling to make a solid connection with their children. "
"He started using language in the home that reflected steps of the program.
I think that was very positive and helped to open communication between us. I think the program was wonderful."
"I thought this program wasn't going to help at all but I was wrong. My parent's divorce is so much easier to deal with now. Thank you."
"...my son, on the other hand, handled the situation with uncommon maturity. I was very impressed when he told me that he was utilizing some of the techniques that he had learned during your online program to manage the stress. Great Job! "
"CoD-CoD changed my life by making it a little easier. ...it was GREAT!!!"
"She had homework that required her to talk to someone about the divorce. She chose to come to me and that was the first time
she let me know what her feelings were. She even seemed relieved to get it off her chest."
"The interactive activities and the breathing exercises not only helped me calm down
but I was having trouble sleeping and they helped."
" the short time he participated, he learned positive life lessons and is applying them to his daily activities and decisions."
"It taught me to control my emotions and solve difficult problems.
I can also stop myself before I say something that will most likely hurt someone else."
"He really took time and enjoyed the videos and information provided.
You did a great job compiling and presenting the program!"
"I think it made my child think a lot about ways to think through problems. She presented me with an idea of how to resolve an argument
that we had and it was a really good idea that involved expressing feelings in a constructive manner. I was pretty impressed."
"It was great. Jesse was funny."
"He has expressed on numerous occasions that the program continues to help him deal with situations
that arise concerning me and his dad. I see a real change in his coping skills."
"It was great. Jesse was funny."
The New Beginnings Program (NBP) is a 10-session, group-based program that helps both mothers and fathers help their children adjust following divorce or separation. Parenting can be very difficult during this time. Many divorcing and separating parents wonder:
The New Beginnings Program gives fathers and mothers tools to answer these questions and build stronger relationships with their children. Children and parents learn how to have more fun when they spend time together. Children learn that they can share their worries and concerns with their parents. Parents make rules clearer and misbehaviors decrease.
Research published in leading scientific journals has shown that children benefit in many ways when their parents go to the New Beginnings Program, and that these benefits last up to 15 years after participation. These benefits include:
For more details on the research on the New Beginnings Program go our Research Findings section.
Many parents worry about how their children will adjust to the changes that happen during and after divorce or separation. Although most children do not have serious problems after a divorce, some do. Common problems include aggression, poor grades, feeling sad or angry, and poor relationships with family and friends.
Divorce is difficult for parents, too. You need to cope with many strong feelings and all the changes that have occurred. Your children may be angry and sad and you may not know how to help them deal with these feelings.
Because parents play such an important part in their children's lives, you can make a big difference in how your children adjust to divorce. The New Beginnings Program gives you tools to help your children adjust to the changes that happen after a divorce or separation. The tools you will learn and practice with your children include:
Separate groups are offered for mothers and fathers. Groups are led by trained professionals. If you are a parent interested in enrolling in the New Beginnings Program click here to contact us for information about how to enroll in the program in your area.
Although most children do not have serious problems after a divorce, some do. Common problems include aggression, poor grades, feeling sad or angry, and poor relationships with family and friends. Divorce is difficult for mothers and fathers too. Parents need to cope with many strong feelings and all the changes that have occurred after the divorce or separation.
If you work with families going through divorce you may find yourself wondering how you can help them. The New Beginnings Program is the most extensively evaluated program for divorced or separated families and has been selected as a model program by Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (www.blueprintsprograms.com). For more in depth description of the research on the program click on the Research Findings tab. The following benefits of the New Beginnings Program have been found in randomized controlled trials.
Separate groups are offered for mothers and fathers and both parents do not need to participate. Groups range in size from 6 to 10.
There are two steps involved in being trained to deliver the New Beginnings Program.
To explore how you can become a certified New Beginnings Program group leader, click here to contact us.
Group leaders already enrolled in training for the New Beginnings Program can click here to access our online training sessions.
We also offer training for groups of providers who are affiliated with an agency or court system that wishes to train multiple providers. Consultation is available to courts or agencies interested in establishing a systematic approach to offering the program to divorcing families in their community. We offer a substantial discount to institutions who wish to train multiple leaders.
More information about the training is provided at blueprintsprograms.com
To explore how you can train multiple providers, click here to contact us.
We think New Beginnings is great! But you don't have to take our word for it. Hit the play button on the video to see what parents who have gone through New Beginnings (and their children) have to say about the program and how it helped them.
One father's experience with how the New Beginnings Program benefitted his family following divorce is described in this recent article: https://asunews.asu.edu/20150821-asu-reach-mental-health
Want to see more of CoD-CoD? Here is a detailed outline of the CoD-CoD program and links to some sample activities:
If you have questions about the program or want to see more of CoD-CoD email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children of Divorce – Coping with Divorce (CoD-CoD) program is a five-module internet-based mental health promotion program for children of divorce ages 11 and up. CoD-CoD is designed to promote children's ability to use effective coping strategies that are associated with better adjustment following parental divorce. These coping strategies include:
Youth learn about each of these coping skills and to use them to effectively deal with the stressors they are facing following their parents' divorce. Youth set their own goals for the program and keep track of their own progress in achieving these goals. The program is very active and engaging for young people. The program uses videos and animation to demonstrate coping skills and humor and a personal connection with the program developer help personalize the program skills. The program is highly interactive and youth are encouraged to use the coping skills they learn in their day-to-day lives. In the final module, youth harness their program skills to develop a plan that addresses the divorce-related events they are the most concerned about.
If you are looking for a convenient, inexpensive, and effective way to help a child experiencing parental divorce, CoD-CoD may be just what you were hoping to find. CoD-CoD is completed independently by the youth online, at their own pace and at a location of their choosing.
Most youth who go through CoD-CoD report that they enjoy the program and that it's helpful to them. Our research indicates that the program improved coping efficacy and reduced youth reports of their aggression and emotional problems after divorce. Moreover, the greatest benefits were reported by youth who reported higher behavior problems when they started the program. Youth find the program to be highly engaging. Getting youth to actually do on-line coping programs has been difficult for most other on-line programs. We specifically designed our program to be attractive and engaging for youth by using a variety of strategies such as having them set their own goals and using videos and highly interactive activities. We have also found that youth are most likely to complete the program when they receive a small reward for participating. Therefore, a part of the program cost is used to pay an incentive directly to the youth for their participation. Using these strategies, CoD-CoD has achieved the highest level of program completion of any web-based coping program for youth in the current literature!
We believe that CoD-CoD should be available to all children. We offer family and group discounts and will also happily work with parents who are experiencing financial hardship to make sure that their child can participate in the program. Get the details by clicking on the CoD-CoD website link above.
To find out more about CoD-CoD or enroll a youth in the program: http://familytransitions-ptw.com/CoDCoD/parents/index.html
We know going through a 5-session program on divorce probably doesn't sound that great, but we promise that we've done everything we can to make the program fun and useful to you. CoD-CoD speaks to you honestly about coping strategies that work and those that don't. You set your own goals for what you want to get out of the program. CoD-CoD is packed with videos, games, animations, activities and honest discussions about divorce issues. Most youth who go through the program say they really enjoyed it and that it was helpful. Check out our promo video and testimonials from youth who have completed the program to see if you think the CoD-CoD program might be right for you.
If you want to find out more about CoD-CoD or enroll in the program: http://familytransitions-ptw.com/CoDCoD/parents/index.html
The CoD-CoD program can be purchased at a price of $49.95 for individual enrollments Visit the CoD-CoD website to enroll: http://familytransitions-ptw.com/CoDCoD/parents/index.html
We believe that CoD-CoD should be available to all children. We offer family and group discounts and will also happily work with parents who are experiencing financial hardship to make sure that their child gets a chance to participate. Get the details by clicking on the CoD-CoD website link above.
Family Transitions – Programs that Work was created to deliver effective programs to families going through divorce or separation. These family changes are stressful for everyone. The programs we offer have been demonstrated through rigorous scientific studies to make a difference in the lives of children and their parents. Our commitment to our users is that all of our programs meet the highest scientific standards for improving children's mental health and we provide you with the latest evidence on program effectiveness. We are also delighted to say that children and parents love using our programs!
Our company was started by three people with PhD's in social science. Two of the founders have spent over 30 years developing and evaluating programs for children and families who have experienced family transitions. The findings from their studies have been published in the most prestigious scientific journals. To accomplish the goal of moving these programs into the real world, these researchers teamed up with a third partner with extensive experience in the private and non-profit settings that provide services to the public. The Family Transitions team shares a commitment to bringing effective research-based programs to children and families who can benefit from them.
The New Beginnings Program is delivered to parents by well-trained professional leaders and is not offered directly to parents. There are two steps involved in being trained to deliver the New Beginnings Program.
To explore how you can become a certified New Beginnings Program group leader, click here to contact us.
If you are a parent who wishes to enroll in the New Beginnings program, click here to contact us and find the nearest location offering the New Beginnings Program.
The CoD-CoD program can be purchased at http://familytransitions-ptw.com/CoDCoD/parents/index.html
We believe that CoD-CoD should be available to all children experiencing difficulty with their parents divorce. We offer family and group discounts and will also happily work with parents who are experiencing financial hardship to make sure that their child gets a chance to go through the program. Get the details by clicking on the CoD-CoD website link above.
We want both of our programs out in the world where they can do some good. We are happy to offer substantial group discounts for both the New Beginnings Program and CoD-CoD.
For details on group discounts for The New Beginnings program, click here to contact us.
For details on group pricing for CoD-CoD visit the CoD-CoD website: http://familytransitions-ptw.com/CoDCoD/parents/index.html
The New Beginnings Program (NBP) has been tested through careful research with hundreds of families over the past 20 years. The program has been recognized as a Blueprints Model Program and is highly rated as an effective prevention program by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) .
NBP addresses the aspects of divorce that cause the most problems for parents and children - difficulties in the parent-child relationship and discipline. The program also helps parents figure out how best to keep their children from getting involved in conflicts between themselves and their ex-partners.
Two randomized controlled trials of the New Beginnings Program have been conducted. These studies found that NBP resulted in parents being warmer and using more effective discipline and children experiencing fewer problems as compared with children whose parents were not in the program. Six years later children from NBP families had:
Over one hundred fathers have also participated in the NBP. They have enjoyed their involvement and reported that the program led to positive changes in their children and their families.
How long do the improvements last?
Fifteen years after the program, the young adults whose families participated in the program still have fewer mental health and substance abuse problems than those whose families did not participate in the program. They also had better relationships with their romantic partners.
Publications on the New Beginnings Program.
Children of Divorce - Coping with Divorce (CoD-CoD) was evaluated in a randomized clinical trial with 147 participants. Randomized clinical trials are the "gold standard" for program evaluation and CoD-CoD is the only internet-based program for children of divorce to be evaluated in such a trial. We have sumbitted a manuscript of our results to a top-tier academic journal in March 2015. The results of the CoD-CoD trial indicated that the program:
Please contact us if you have any questions about the New Beginnings or CoD-CoD Programs.