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Helping your Clients Cope With Divorce and Separation

DLM University

Helping your Clients Cope With Divorce and Separation


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Course Description


The purpose of this course is to provide an orientation and framework for clinicians who are interested in working with clients, both individuals and families, who are going through all stages of separation and divorce. Become a divorce specialist, learn hands-on clinical skills and obtain practical tools that you can utilize with clients immediately.

Course Description:

 This course will help clinicians to work with clients to help them better manage their stress, conflict, and relationships due to experiencing separation and divorce.  With approximately 50% of the population in the US experiencing divorce, many clinicians find that they are struggling to manage client’s presentation surrounding the myriad of issues  when they emerge in the clinical process. This course will provide practical skills such as co-parent counseling, reunification counseling, and parenting support, to address the many facets that this transition presents with, when working with clients of all ages.

 Specific new skills that will be taught include:

  • How to help clients and their families prepare and cope with all the facets of the divorce process.
  • Learning about the unique dynamics of blended families and new partners, and how to help clients gain success when bringing different families together.
  • Understanding the importance and implications of parenting plans for both parents and children.
  • Effective co-parenting counseling principles and skills.
  • Understanding how parental alienation can occur and how to help clients understand it and prevent it.
  • Understanding how to help clients manage their anger and emotions when dealing with their ex-partner.
  • Understanding how to help clients deal with the multiple losses that come from the divorce process.
  • Understanding the complexities of the divorce process and the myriad of issues that relate to it.
  • Instruction on how to implement techniques and interventions which will address the many aspects that the client and the family needs when going through a separation and or divorce.

Learning Objectives:

 Participants will be able to:

  • Identify all the aspects of what the divorce process entails.
  • Identify & assess how the specific components of divorce (such as single parenting, communication with ex partner) effect the whole family system.
  • Explain how co-parent counseling and reunification therapy are important components of skill building.
  • Identify & assess how the specific components of divorce (such as single parenting, communication with ex partner) effect the whole family system and how co-parent counseling and reunification therapy  are important components of skill building.

Teaching Methods:

  • This course will be taught with a combination of methods including didactic lecture and interactive activities which will:
  • Offer participants the opportunity to practice the skills, techniques and strategies that prepare them for working with families who are separated or divorced.
  • Engage participants in experiencing the client perspective through hands on experiential exercises.
  • Discussion of how to apply clinical issues of divorce and separation to specific cases, as well as  provide case examples throughout.


Meet the Instructors
Alyse November, LCSW, ACSW
Founder Different Like Me

Stephanie Newberg, LCSW, MED is a licensed psychotherapist in FL and PA, working with individuals, couples and families. She has been in practice for more than 25 years specializing in: family and couples therapy, cyberbullying, grief and loss, parenting support and the implications of divorce on children and families.

In addition, Stephanie is a trained family and divorce mediator/ co-parent counselor and has received intensive training in sand tray play therapy for adolescents and children.

Stephanie has led numerous workshops and presentations for adults and adolescents on relationship and communication skills, dealing with the effects of divorce on families, diversity issues, cyberbullying/effects of technology on development, nutrition and mental health, and conflict resolution skills. In addition, Stephanie has numerous publications.

Stephanie trained at Columbia University where she received a Masters of Education in Organizational and Counseling Psychology and she received a Masters of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. Her license is in clinical social work.

Stephanie is a certified counselor for first responders, trained in neuroemotional techniques, served as a consultant for the Council for Relationships and also works at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social work as an adjunct professor, supervisor, and field work liaison for social work students.

Alyse November, PhD, LCSW obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University, N.Y., and her PhD in Clinical Sexology from IICS. She is credentialed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Alyse is the founder of Different Like Me, a company with a staff of over 30 professionals providing psychotherapy, psychoeducational testing and cognitive rehabilitation. As a licensed clinical social worker, Alyse provides psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. A substantial portion of her practice has focused on addressing challenges faced by adults, seniors, families and children ranging from aging, chronic illness, divorce, trans-care, relationships, parenting, and special needs to end of life issues, dementia, caregiving, educational challenges, anxiety, and depression. Her PhD dissertation focused on sexual challenges and dementia.

Alyse is:

  • Certified in EMDR, Brainspotting and transgender care
  • a published author and a national speaker and presenter
  • awarded 2022 Social Worker of the Year: National Association of Social Workers
  • a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, parenting coordinator and a collaboratively trained facilitator
  • the Palm Beach Chapter President/Chair for the National Association of Social Workers
  • is on the board of Florida’s Voice on Developmental Disabilities and National Association of Divorce Professionals



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