Children of divorced parents deal with the difficulties in navigating challenging circumstances that morph from their original family situations. Our guest, Rebecca Picard, J.D., L.L.M, and a new therapist, talks about the dilemma that children of divorced parents go through. She is a mediation attorney, a conflict resolution coach, a Collaborative Family Lawyer, and a lately a therapist. She has mediated hundreds of civil, divorce, employment, estate planning, victim-offender, and workplace cases.  She has a lengthy experience in civil litigation and family law.

She has spoken locally and internationally about mediation and has done extensive training in psychology, communication, and personal growth. She has also reviewed research on the development needs of children and the effects of divorce on children. She is also very much interested in new findings from neuroscience regarding emotions and decision-making. She is very passionate about helping people address relational conflict; she combines professional expertise with compassion and empathy in helping individuals. She can develop highly customized mediation agreements and emotional resolutions providing people with opportunities for growth. This is the primary reason she has recently shifted from legal practice to therapy practice.

What you will learn from Rebecca:  

  • Other reasons she shifted work from mediator attorney to a therapist
  • Legal issues and emotional issues between parties are closely intertwined she works on the best balance
  • The overlapping issues between a mediator and therapist
  • How divorced parents can deal with co-parenting relationship
  • Mode of communication between parties can affect the results
  • Why email is the recommended mode of communication for couples who are in conflict resolution status
  • Family relations could become a “business relations”
  • A co-parent relationship is very different from the normal parenting role
  • Kids can handle  2 different “cultures”  (things that are going on in the other house)
  • Kids don’t need to know everything about the separated parents
  • What is a “parentified” child?
  • How divorced parents can prevent developing a “parentified child”
  • Empathizing with the children of divorced parents