VISTAS Counseling Children and Adolescents

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Parenting Coordination: A New Frontier for Professional Counselors

Ann M. Ordway


Parenting coordination is an alternate dispute resolution process through which a neutral third party works to facilitate communication between separated and divorced parents for enhanced co-parenting and decision making for the best interests of the children involved. Currently, a parenting coordinator role is primarily filled by psychologists, social workers, lawyers, and hybrid professionals, with a very modest representation in the field by licensed professional counselors. This article will explore parenting coordination as an area of practice and specialization for counselors working with high-conflict families entrenched in the divorce process.

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