Families are like an interacting mobile. Just as negative effects can radiate through an entire family, there is research that suggests small positive changes can “broaden and build” upward spirals of positive emotions that counter downward spirals of negativity. To these ends we have developed six evidence based Ideas or proactive power tools of family stress and emotional management that work on a neurological level. Taught through animation by a child in collaboration with a supportive parent, these techniques are designed to appeal to the whole family in making reinforcing changes that lead to a natural increase in skill mobilization and family cooperation. The tools allow children to handle negative emotions and calm themselves even when parents are oblivious to their stress and continue behaving badly. Parents and children use the program together, and receive text prompts weekly to use the skills. Parent overviews give parents tips on improving family management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to list the most common stressors for children of divorce.
  • Participants will be able to identify four evidence-based coping skills children are taught in the children’s program.
  • Participants will be able to discuss and demonstrate methods for involving parents in the program, and supporting children’s use of the tools.