Center For Divorce Education
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Volume 1, Issue 1 Summer 2008 ns, Ohio
Children in the Middle (CIM) Online
Two years in development, make required physical movements
CIM Online was just launched this in choosing and responding to
spring. How is it different from content. The spoken and written
the CIM video used in groups of content is crafted to bypass a
divorcing parents? Additional scenes person’s defensiveness and allow
were filmed when CIM was re- open-minded learning.
filmed in 2005, with an instructional The combination of these
design that allows parents to choose factors results in very rapid gains
between two methods of handling in understanding and skills,
the conflict in the opening scene. far outperforming face-to-face
Parents are required to interact with instruction, reading, watching
the content, at their own pace, and videos, or text-based online
are quizzed on what they learned programs.
from each of the five scenarios in We recommend parents
the program. To pass the course, take both a class-based course
they have three attempts to get 70% and the online course for several and skills to use to reduce those
of the questions correct. An online reasons. Each method has its unique risks, they will be eager to share
e-bulletin board or discussion forum advantages. Participating in a class this in class, thereby having a
allows parents to respond to the lets other parents benefit from contagious effect on other parents.
content and each other, mimicking discovering that their experiences Leading such classes will be more
the interaction they might have in a are not unique, and interaction with satisfying because of the level of
class with the safety of anonymity. a skilled facilitator can motivate sophistication and enthusiasm of
An Ask the Expert page gives and inform parents. If parents use some of the participants who have
parents an area where they can the online program after attending used the online program. The
request a phone consultation, for a a class, they will benefit from families will benefit as the earlier
fee, with leading national experts on repetition of the content in a different parents learn these skills, the sooner
divorce and its effects on families. format requiring interaction, and they can prevent damage to family
When parents complete the course, see the skills demonstrated again in relationships.
a certificate of completion can the video scenes. Their motivation For out of state parents,
be printed and/or emailed to the to apply these skills and knowledge where the court wants both parents
referring professional. will increase, which is important as to attend, the online CIM course
The cutting edge often their motivation is high when will afford convenience and
instructional design of this program the class ends but wanes over time. economy. When rural parents have
makes use of brain research to If parents take the online course to drive considerable distances to
accelerate learning to unprecedented prior to attending a class, they will take a class, the option of an online
levels. Users process the visual be more enthusiastic and informed program provides savings in gas
images in the video along with participants in class. Because they and child care expenses, as well as
multimedia presentations. They then have learned about risks to children missed parenting time.
Brochures Available for CIM Online
We have recently created the program or we will refund the
two high-quality full-color $45 subscription fee, no questions
brochures describing all the benefits asked.
of Children in the Middle Online. We can also mail you
These brochures are intended to be brochures for professionals if you
sent out to parents who would be want to share information about this
more willing to use the CIM online program with other professionals in
course than a directed course. We your community. These brochures
will be happy to mail you as many have more in-depth descriptions
brochures describing CIM online as of our online course. If you
you wish. These are intended to be are interested in either of these
given to parents and should motivate brochures please contact us through
them to use the online program. We the information on the back of this
guarantee their satisfaction with newsletter.
Children in the Middle Online Research
Drs. Don Gordon and Karen is randomly assigning parents to
Blaisure (a professor at Western either the online program or the
Michigan University) received a class, which is the golden standard
federal grant to study the differences of research designs. The program
between online and class-based contains content to prevent substance
CIM, as well as developing a Spanish abuse in parents and teens.
version of online CIM. Through The same study will be
focus groups and measuring (pretest replicated in South Africa, using
and follow-up) parental acrimony, parents referred through mediators.
child adjustment, and substance Another study is planned for
use, they will learn about the effects Ireland.
of each approach. A Michigan court
Divorce Innovations in Australia and Canada
During an international No divorcing parent in the country
conference for family court can file with the court until they have
personnel in Vancouver, Canada, been through mediation. In Canada,
Dr. Gordon learned of innovations a similar focus on mediation and
occurring in Australia. In an effort counseling is diverting parents from
to provide support and reduce the adversarial process.
harm from divorce to families, Dr. Gordon gave a
the government has, in the past presentation on Online CIM during
two years, established 65 Family a symposium with Drs. Shirley
Relationship Centers. Through Thomas, Les Herold, and Laura
these, parents receive mediation Backen Jones. Drs. Thomas and
and counseling to help them avoid a Herold, leading authorities on
contested divorce, and to amicably divorcing families, are on the Ask
prepare for the changes to the family. the Experts page for CIM Online.
Children in the Middle In Holland
Marjan Pot, a child therapist with “Kinderen in het Midden”). She
in Holland, has received her has arranged for a major university
government’s support to translate to study the effects of the CIM
CIM materials into Dutch and is program on Dutch families.
training dozens of “coaches” to Dr. Don Gordon will address
facilitate CIM classes throughout a symposium in Holland this
November to further introduce the KINDEREN
the country. IN HET
She has arranged with program to Holland. Marjan plans MIDDEN
major child advocacy organizations to export the Dutch version of CIM
to refer separating and divorcing to all Dutch-speaking countries.
parents to the classes, and uses other A link to Holland’s Children
innovative marketing methods (i.e., in the Middle program can be found
driving around in a car emblazoned in the links section of our website.
Children in the Middle Passes National Registry of
Effective Prevention Programs and Practices Review
NREPP, in partnership with Human Services, is reviewing all of detailed information on the research
the Substance Abuse and Mental the Model Programs SAMHSA has and description of the program. For
Health Administration (SAMHSA) endorsed. Children in the Middle has more information and links please
of the US Department of Health and successfully passed the review, with visit our website.
Dr. Don Gordon has been
employed as one of the leading
experts on FirstWivesWorld
website, offering advice to divorcing
and divorced moms. His monthly
columns will include access to
various scenarios from online CIM
and Parenting Wisely, in an effort
to help visitors learn skills using
the advanced instructional design
Strategic partnerships are
also in the works for Mediate.com,
the principal website for divorce
mediators in North America, and
Our Family Wizard, a website for
parents to do their child exchange
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