Co-parenting after divorce

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best techniques to be effective co-parents after a divorce
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Co-parenting after divorce

When it comes to rules in the other household, communication and cooperation certainly serve the children best. However, there really is no enforceability as how the other parent parents. Children are going to get different things from the mother and they are going to get different things from their father. If you are able to cooperatively co-parent, then consistent rules, consistent discipline, consistant bedtime, consistent food that you feed them is what´s best for the child. But again, if there´s high levels of conflict, then there really is no enforceability of your rules in the other parent´s household. But what you can remember though is that high levels of conflict damage a child. Children who are impacted by high conflict dynamics are unable to articulate their thoughts and feelings. They are unable to differentiate between the external influences and their internal perceptions and they are ineffective in problem solving.
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Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best techniques to be effective co-parents after a divorce


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Dr. Katherine Sellwood is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Encino, California, who specializes in child, adult and forensic family psychology. She began her Master's Degree training at Pepperdine University, continuing her education at C.S.P.P. to obtain a Doctoral Degree in the field of Clinical Psychology. Since entering the field in 1996, Dr. Sellwood has garnered a diverse professional background that includes working as an elementary and middle school counselor, college and regional center disabilities specialist, executive director of a non-profit organization in psychology, consulting psychologist at hospitals and in-patient medical facilities, and an academic Professor of Psychology at several graduate schools. Dr. Sellwood has been a guest lecturer presenting topics that include: anger management, early childhood development, play therapy techniques, taking a stand against teenage violence, developing resilience, treating children of divorce, loss and grief, adolescent girls and disordered body images, understanding behavioral difficulties.

Dr. Sellwood holds a license in clinical psychology through the state of California. She is on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her professional affiliations also include The American Psychological Association, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and The American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She has received professional honors and recognition through the Psy Chi National Honor Society of Psychology, the California Senate for excellence in school counseling, student nominated Who’s Who of America’s Teachers, and peer nominated Sierra Tucson’s Gratitude for Giving.

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