No Kids in the Middle: Dialogical and Creative Work with Parents and Children in the Context of High Conflict Divorces

J.M. van Lawick, M.M. Visser

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Abstract

This article contains a description of the context, development and delivery of No kids in the middle, a group approach for divorced fighting parents and their children. After addressing the social and legal context of high conflict divorces, we describe the main characteristics of this destructive dynamic. We describe some aspects of the approach and give examples. Key principles for the project include: keeping the child in mind; working in groups; stopping legal processes; making free space for interactions; creative presentation ceremonies; and reaching out to the network. The outcomes are promising. Research on the project has started.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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