Transitioning Paths is an educational, non-therapeutic workshop geared to preferred parents, favored parents, and/or parents who are considered the “in” parent. The Workshop operates at our Southwest Ranches location both independently from the Stable Paths Family Intensive Workshop and, at times, in conjunction with the Stable Paths Family Intensive Workshop in Miami where a child(ren) and a parent who have been impacted by separation due to high conflict divorce, parental alienation, familial abduction and a spectrum of traumas, reconnect, reunify, and restore once-loving relationships.
When the Transitioning Paths Workshop and the Stable Paths Family Intensive Workshop operate simultaneously in different locations, all family members, when appropriate, are integrated on the last day or two of the Stable Paths Family Intensive Workshop with the goal of moving the family forward, understanding the requirement to engage in aftercare, and giving the child(ren) permission to have a relationship with both parents. Establishing a template where both parents engage in a child-centered plan focused on a path to healing the fractured bonds the family has experienced by supporting, requiring, and maintaining thriving connections between the children and both parents is the resolution realized by the families participating in the Workshops.
Most parents who participate in Transitioning Paths are Court-referred for growth and learning opportunities to gain insight or tools to support their child or children in developing a balanced perspective of both parents and to require their child(ren) to enjoy a positive, healthy relationship with both parents.
Hallmarks of the Workshop include insightful, educational and experiential work developed to assist parents in moving beyond fixed perspectives, resentment, and ruts. Role-playing, preparing individualized scripts for addressing contact resistance by their children, and reflective listening are critical components of the workshop. Horse work, which provides the metaphorical framework for the Workshop, and Homework are incorporated into the Workshop each day.
Transitioning Paths provides the preferred parent with a safe non-blaming place to take accountability for his/her role in the conflict and a learning environment to provide the parent with the tools to adjust his/her approach to and perspective of the other parent. Adaptive parenting skills, boundary setting skills, and conflict resolution techniques are integral components of the Workshops.
Most Courts require compliance with completion of the Transitioning Paths Workshop by incorporating a reporting feature into their Orders.
Other referrals to the Transitioning Paths Workshop are Court-referred parents who require a conduit to move from supervised to unsupervised visitation. If the parent successfully completes the Educational Workshop and has sufficiently gained insight into his/her role in the family conflict, has learned to de-escalate conflict and not incite it, a structured plan can be implemented for the parent to move from supervised to unsupervised visitation.