I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Study Validates Positive Family Impact of Kids’ Turn Services

This is where every community should be heading. Where are our Provincial and Federal Government Agencies who have millions upon millions to dole out for single gender issues but not for families. This program is family focussed, particularly on the children, and can serve as a wake up call to recalcitrant parents. I am so pleased to see this as a positive step in an otherwise negative act called divorce. The Video is a little over 6 minutes long and worth a look. The link to the Kid's Turn website and Facebook page is below. I was made aware of a Calgary based service offering a comprehensive list of counselling Services that should be in every city and when related to DV and marriage breakdown should be part of the tax supported inititiatives currently offered by all levels of government for a single gender only.MJM Calgary Counselling Centre

Sometimes, in our fast-paced lives, we need a little help to work out life’s problems. Counselling can help you learn how to deal with your problems in a productive manner, and develop the skills to manage a stressful and changing environment. Calgary Counselling Centre provides individual, couple, family, and group counselling for:
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Eating Disorders
  • Separation and Loss
  • Parent-Child Conflict
  • Domestic Abuse Prevention
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Sexuality/Intimacy
  • Anger Problems
  • Health Issues
  • Personal Growth
  • Self-Esteem
  • Pastoral Counselling

No referral is necessary to initiate counselling services. Receiving the help you need is quick and easy:
  • Fill out our online Intake Form.
  • Or you can download the printable Intake Form(PDF) and fax it to us: 265-8886.
  • Or phone Intake at (403) 691-5991.
  • One of our volunteers will conduct a 10 minute interview to assess your needs.

Based on Intake information, you will be assigned an appropriate counsellor the next working day. You will be contacted by your counsellor within 48 hours to book an appointment. No counselling will be provided over the phone. If there is a crisis, callers are asked to contact the Distress Centre (266-1605), where an experienced and trained telephone counsellor will assist you. Volunteers conducting the interviews are trained intake workers, but they are not qualified counsellors. Counselling will begin in the first face to face session with a counsellor. There are no limits to the number of times a client can seek counselling, nor are there restrictions on frequency.

*Additional fees may be charged in relation to hypnosis therapy, the Driver Control Board program, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Treatment.

In order to register for a group program a client must first be enrolled in one-on-one counselling. The counsellor and the client then decide together if the client will benefit from participating in a group program. The counsellor that is assigned for one-on-one counselling will maintain your file throughout the group therapy process. Group programs are offered on a regular basis throughout the year.

Fees for the Centre’s programs (with the exception of the Marriage Preparation Program) are based on a sliding fee scale, according to the client’s annual gross family income. Your fee will be established during the initial telephone call with our Intake Office. However, fee charges can be discussed with your counsellor during the first session, if the established fee is not manageable.

Fees are payable each session by cash, Visa, Mastercard, or Interac. We no longer accept cheques for payment of counselling services. In order to provide efficient service, please inform our receptionist of any changes to your address or telephone number.

If you have medical insurance through work, or an educational institution, we will ask you for the following information:
  • Insurance provider
  • Coverage amount per calendar year
  • Credential requirements for the counsellor

Your human resources or payroll department will be able to assist you in finding necessary information. You will need to pay for your counselling on the day of your session. We will then provide you with a receipt that includes your counsellor’s stamp (professional identification) so you can be reimbursed through your insurance provider. Calgary Counselling Centre does not provide credit facilities.

Attending Kids’ Turn Workshops Results in a Significant Decrease in Parent Conflict and Parental Alienation and Significant Decrease in the Children’s Internalizing Behavior Problems

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kids’ Turn (KT,) a San Francisco-based non-profit organization today announced results of a landmark study by Dr. Jeffrey Cookson, Department of Psychology at San Francisco State University.

In the study, conducted over four years, Dr. Cookson validated the impact of the Kids’ Turn curricula (The Kids’ Turn Way), which includes a six-week course for children and parents focused on reducing the negative impact of parental separation. Attending the Kids’ Turn workshop resulted in a significant decrease in parent conflict and parental alienation and a significant decrease in the children’s internalizing behavior problems.

Dr. Cookson evaluated behaviors of a sample of parents and children before and after attending Kids’ Turn workshops. According to the study, “Overall, our results indicate that the Kids’ Turn program has demonstrated the ability to improve the lives of parents and their children after a divorce. For parents, there is a decrease in parental conflicts and improvement in parent functioning (i.e., lower anxiety and depression). For children, there is lower anxiety and overall improvement in mental health. That we found change behaviors following participation in a community based program suggests that families will benefit from participation in the Kids’ Turn multiple session group. Given that divorce is one of the most difficult times that both parents and their children face and that the Kids’ Turn program has demonstrated the ability to help these families recover from the devastation, we are hopeful that further attention will be paid to offering these services in multiple communities.”

In making the announcement, Claire Barnes, Kids’ Turn executive director said, “The study unequivocally validates the work we are doing to increase hope and optimism of children of families going through parental separation. The negative impact that parental separation has on individual children and society has reached epidemic proportions. Children often find themselves caught in the middle of parental disputes. The tangential relationships between parental separation and childhood difficulties (e.g., obesity, developmental, academic, social, psychological problems, etc.) are well proven. Kids’ Turn takes children out of the middle of parental struggles and puts them at the center of family healing and resolution through a curriculum that teaches children a variety of coping skills and provides parents with appropriate parenting and conflict reduction skills.”

Kids’ Turn provides an opportunity for families facing parental separation to move forward with hope and optimism, reducing conflict and its negative effects. Children often find themselves in the middle of parental conflict. Employing the Kids’ Turn Way puts kids at the center of family healing and resolution and takes children out of the middle of parental struggles. Kids’ Turn is the only organization where the entire family participates in a comprehensive program that helps children develop essential coping skills and gives adults the critical parenting skills they need to support their children through family reconfiguration.

For further information on the study, including how to register for workshops in five Bay Area Counties, please go to http://www.kidsturn.org or write Kids’ Turn, 55 New Montgomery, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94105-3431. Also, see Kids’ Turn on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=42343701357&ref=ts.


Kids’ Turn Claire Barnes, 415-777-9977 kidsturn@earthlink.net