Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP)

Children experience difficult challenges when their parents separate or divorce. 

CODIP is an award winning curriculum that, since its inception in 1982, has helped thousands of children in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia cope more effectively with parental divorce.

When you choose CODIP to help children understand and accept their feelings and perceptions regarding their parents’ separation, you and the children will experience a thoughtfully designed, easy to use, effective program that is of exceptional value.

Audience:

  • Counselors, mental health professionals, other trained adults in schools, community centers, after-school programs, and service groups serving children from kindergarten to grade 8

Goals:

  • Minimize the emotional and behavioral problems that may result when children experience divorce in their families
  • Increase children’s ability to identify and appropriately express their divorce-related feelings
  • Increase children’s understanding and acceptance of divorce-related concepts
  • Reduce children’s anxiety and worry about their family circumstances that can interfere with academic achievement
  • Build confidence by teaching specific skills to help children cope with a variety of challenges

Benefits:

  • The positive, supportive group environment of peers in the school setting allows children to share their experiences and learn from one another 
  • Reduced desire of children to blame themselves or someone else for the divorce
  • Increased coping skills and the ability to solve personal problems and to let go of problems that are beyond their control
  • Enhanced positive perceptions of themselves and their families

How It Works:

  • School personnel, community members, or parents refer children to the program
  • Trained group leaders conduct 12-15 group sessions at school
  • A series of four procedure manuals and specially designed board games target different age ranges to ensure that each child receives age-appropriate information and skill-building activities

Awards and Recognitions:

  • National Mental Health Association's Lela Rowland Award for outstanding prevention program
  • Award for Program Excellence from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Exemplary Program, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Validated through New York State's Education Department as a successful program
 

CONTACT

(585) 295-1000 (phone)
(585) 295-1090 (fax)
(877) 888-7647 (toll-free)

 

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