Online Divorce Education– at NCFR, November 2013

Three papers about online divorce education….. November 6, 2013 Time:  1:15 pm – 2:30 pm   Bonham B

Evaluating Online Programs for Divorcing Parents: Lessons Learned

Presented by: Karen Blaisure, Jenna Rowen, Rose Suggett, Donald Gordon,

This study focuses on evaluating online divorce education programs in order to encourage and guide process and impact evaluation. We will examine the lessons learned from comparing online and face-to-face divorce education programs, reviewing online programs, and working with court systems.

The Effectiveness of a Court Mandated Divorce Education Program On-line

Presented by: Kjersti Olson, Ju Ri Joeng

This proposed paper will share the changes in cognitive and behavioral capacities associated with the on-line version of Parents Forever, a divorce education program developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. These changes include increases in cooperative co-parenting, communications skills, and conflict resolution abilities; and reducing the impact of divorce on children. It will also discuss differences in these outcomes when analyzing between group differences based on gender, age, level of education, income, employment status, relationship length, relationship status, and beliefs about the usefulness of the course.

Online Divorce Education: Beyond the Workshop Model

Presented by: Robert Hughes, Jr.

As family life educators have shifted divorce education programs from face-to-face to online delivery, they have re-purposed their workshop instructional strategies to online settings.  There is growing evidence that these efforts are useful and effective, however, these programs remain constrained by their “workshop” history and often fail to take advantage of a wider range of instructional approaches that are possible due to online technologies.  This paper proposes an ecosystem intervention approach that incorporates a wide array of delivery systems with special attention to access, low-intensity programs, peer support and long-term supportive communities.

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