"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."
"In 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."
Want to see what you're buying? Here is a detailed outline of the CoD-CoD program and links to some sample activities:
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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. Through the careful adaptation of intervention components previously demonstrated to be effective for children from disrupted families, CoD-CoD is designed to promote your child's development of four divorce-specific protective factors that have been identified through millions of dollars of clinical research: increased active coping, decreased avoidant coping, improved coping efficacy, and healthier divorce-related appraisals.
In order to develop these protective factors, participants master a variety of coping skills and then practice integrating these skills to solve a diverse set of problems. In order to engage participants, CoD-CoD utilizes a mix of modalities including videos, animations, interactive activities, quizzes, and video games. During the program, users work toward a program goal which they set for themselves and complete home practice tasks that challenge them to use their program skills in their day-to-day lives. This process culminates in the final module when the users harness their program skills to develop a plan that addresses the divorce related events they reported being the most concerned about in the first module.
We're not corporate monsters. We're a group of psychologists who believe in taking the best tools that psychology has to offer and getting them out into the world where they can do some good. If your child tries CoD-CoD and you or they are not completely satisfied, let us know and we'll happily refund 100% of your money.
Frankly, we think the program is a bargain (which is the reason we decided to go outside of our comfortable academic bubble to promote it) and we're confident that you'll find that it's an investment that pays you back by promoting your child's healthy development.
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 are currently developing a manuscript of our results to be submitted to a top-tier academic journal in April 2013. The results of the CoD-CoD trial indicated that the program:
*Boring, J. & Sandler, I. New Research on Families of Separation and Divorce Workshop Presented at 2012 Annual Meeting of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Chicago, IL.
$40.01Per Child (2 Children)
$35.06Per Child (3 or More)
The results of our randomized control trial (RCT) indicates that CoD-CoD was successful in reducing mental health problems and improving coping-efficacy (your child's belief that they have the tools to handle stressors). The RCT also showed the CoD-CoD works best for children who have higher symptom levels and more parent-reported risk prior to starting the program.
So, if you're a bit worried about your child or you are in the middle of divorce that has some conflict (most do) this is probably a great program for your child. However, if you have serious concerns about your child's mental health, CoD-CoD is not enough. Be sure to consult a mental health professional for evaluation and consultation. Here is a referral service operated by the American Psychological Association: http://locator.apa.org/
If your divorce is consistently low-conflict and your child has no symptoms of anxiety, depression, or acting out behavior then CoD-CoD probably isn't necessary. Be cautious in your assessment though, research shows that parents usually underestimate how much depression and anxiety their children feel.
You child will be able to go through CoD-CoD using any computer that has internet access. They will go through CoD-CoD's five lessons at their own pace. Each one takes a little less than an hour and your child can leave and come back to a lesson any time they wish. Each lesson was specifically designed to target a protective factor identified by research on children from disrupted families.
CoD-CoD's primary purpose is to teach your child coping skills like problem-solving, effective communication, relaxation, and managing difficult emotions. The program not only teaches these skills but also gives your child a chance to practice them within the program. Your child will also choose home practice tasks requiring them to apply their new coping skills in the real world.
CoD-CoD is designed to promote your child's development of four divorce-specific protective factors that have been identified through millions of dollars of psychological research. These four protective factors are increased active coping, decreased avoidant coping, improved coping efficacy, and healthier divorce-related appraisals.
In order to develop these protective factors your child will learn the following skills and information:
Most children and adolescents really like CoD-CoD and say that it's helpful. The graphs on the right show user satisfaction data from children who completed the CoD-CoD Program during our clinical trial.
Children and adolescents love CoD-CoD because it's:
As great as CoD-CoD is, it is still a 5-hour self-help program. Some children and adolescents (or adults) might not be crazy about that idea. Children typically need a bit of support from their parent to help them get through the program. Usually it's enough to simply find a time for your child to complete the first module and then give them a gentle reminder once a week to go through the final 4 modules. To help you support your child's program participation we'll email you weekly updates on their progress.
Some parents may feel a little awkward about asking their child to enroll in CoD-CoD. We think a simple and honest explanation is best. We'd suggest something like:
"Hey Michael, I want to talk to you for a second. I found this online program that supports children and teens whose parents are divorced. I think it might be good for you to do it. It's private, you can do it on your own whenever you want, and it would make me feel better to know you're getting some extra support because I know the divorce can be really stressful for all of us. I saw a lot of testimonials from kids and teenagers talking about how helpful and enjoyable the program was. Oh, and if you complete the program you'll get entered into a raffle for a free iPad that you'll have a 1 in 100 chance of winning. What do you think?"
Here are some other ideas we have about asking your child to enroll in the program:
CoD-CoD is broken up into 5 sequential lessons (we call them modules). Each module takes about 40-50 minutes to complete. We recommend that your child go through the program at a pace of about once module per week for a period of 5-weeks. However, you and your child have control over the program's pace and will have access to CoD-CoD for a full year from the time of your purchase.
Your child can access the program any time they choose, anywhere they have a computer with internet access.
Nope. We recommend that your child complete one module a week for 5-weeks but they will have access to the program for a full year and can go through CoD-CoD at any pace they like.
Your child's progress through the program is tracked, so at any point they can close the CoD-CoD page and sign in again later to return to where they left off.
We believe that every child deserves to have access to CoD-CoD. We know that divorce often puts a serious financial strain on families and we don't want money to get in the way of any child getting the support they deserve. If your financial situation makes it a hardship for you to enroll your child in CoD-CoD, write us a short e-mail explaining your circumstances and how much you are able to pay. We'll happily work with you to enroll your child.
Don't be shy. We don't care that much about the money. CoD-CoD was originally meant to be a free program and it was offered that way for almost two years. We changed to a paid model because without money for advertising, web development, and revisions, it was impossible to get CoD-CoD out into the world where it will do some good. So don't hesitate to contact us. We're on your side and if you want your child to go through the program, we're going to find a way to make that happen.
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Yes. But the user may have to do some extra leg work.
CoD-CoD is written in Flash, which means that to view it with a smartphone or tablet requires a special browser. We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer to go through through the program, however, if it's necessary to use a mobile device we recommend using free Flash enabled browsers such as Puffin (available at https://www.puffinbrowser.com/index.php).
The free version of Puffin enables Flash content to be viewed between 6am and 6pm. The paid version of Puffin costs $3.99 and allows users to view Flash pages around the clock. There may be some loss in video and audio quality when viewing CoD-CoD on a mobile device.
Family Transitions – Programs that Work was created to deliver effective programs to families who are going through divorce, separation or bereavement due to the death of a parent. 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. 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 their careers – 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 who has extensive experience in the private and non-profit settings that provide services to the public. This team shares a commitment to bringing effective research-based programs to children and families who can benefit from them.
Jesse is the creator and developer of CoD-CoD. Because the program was a passion project and had to be developed on a tight budget, he wrote the script, narrated the program, coordinated the animations, helped design the website, and suckered his family into acting in many of the videos. This personal attachment to the program led to its distinctive personal style and may explain why CoD-CoD has a program completion rate nearly double that of similar programs.
Dr. Boring is committed to continuing his research in the development of online programs and since graduating from his Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program he has worked developing online content for the Arizona State and Penn State Prevention Research Centers. He runs with his dog in the woods almost every day (...except when he's feeling lazy).
Irwin began his career as a clinician but somehow ended up as a researcher and eventually became a Regents' Professor and Director of the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University. He has devoted his career to studying resilience following major stressors such as divorce. The findings from his research have been published in over 200 scientific papers. Along with his colleagues he has developed resilience-promoting programs for children who experienced parental death and parental divorce and has conducted rigorous scientific studies on the long-term effects of these programs. He is notorious for his big ideas, integrity, good humor, insistence on wearing Hawaiian shirts, and having a messy office.
Dr. Sandler's most exciting findings are that the programs he and his colleagues have developed make a major difference in the lives of children up to 15 years later. Along with his colleagues he developed "Family Transitions–Programs that Work" to disseminate well-researched programs so that they can be used by families that will benefit from them.
Shar has been on the faculty in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University (ASU) for 32 years. During this time, she has conducted research on factors that promote positive adjustment of children who have experienced family transitions such as parental divorce. She has also developed preventive interventions for these children and their parents and conducted rigorous evaluations of these programs. Her studies have shown that parents and children benefit from participating in these programs and that these positive effects last up to 15 years after participation.
Given these lasting positive effects, Dr. Wolchik is committed to bringing these research-based programs to children and families who can benefit from them. There is a saying around the ASU Prevention Center that the parenting programs Shar has helped create are simply Shar distilled, probably because she's one of those rare people who is always looking for an excuse to give you genuine, warm, and specific praise.
Michele received her Ph.D. in Family Studies from Arizona State University. Prior to returning to school for her graduate studies, Dr. Porter worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in many roles. She was an account executive with a large advertising and public relations firm, a marketing executive for several companies and held executive director positions in two non-profit agencies. As soon as you meet her you understand exactly why she was successful in so many different positions: she is one of the the most energetic and driven people you'll ever meet. Still, she always manages to find time to ask you how you're doing in a a way that let's you know she actually cares about your answer.
Most recently, Dr. Porter has worked with Dr. Sandler and Dr. Wolchik at ASU's Prevention Research Center, to evaluate the long-term effects of prevention programs aimed at helping children and families adjust to stressful life experiences such as divorce, separation and parental bereavement.
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