Mel Mackler, MFT
Divorce Education ~ 1 Hrs
Class Rationale: While Psychologists, Marriage and Family therapists, and Clinical Social Workers are trained in the family life cycle and in methods of treatment for relational development, there is no substantial education offered for dealing with divorce as a normal part of the family life cycle nor as a potential avenue for personal and interpersonal development.
Since divorce now effects somewhere around 48% of all first time marriages, and this rate increases significantly as those who divorced marry for the second time, it is necessary for therapists to understand what their role can be in helping their clients choose the healthiest process for permanently separating from a spouse or domestic partner. Far too often, once an individual client or a couple decide to permanently end the relationship with their significant other, the therapists end the treatment. They do so leaving the client's unaided in moving into divorce.
The Instructor: †Mel Mackler, MFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a divorce and dissolution coach and divorce educator. For the past 30 years, he has been working with adults, children and families experiencing issues related to divorce and separation.
Since 1979, he has been in private practice, and has continuously been treating individuals, couples and co-parents experiencing problems in all phases of relationships. He has also taught at the University of San Diego in the Graduate Program of Marriage and Family Studies, and was director of clinical supervision at Coastal Communitiesí counseling clinic.
The Class: †This class discusses the urgent need for the psychological community to help couples change the paradigm of divorce from emotionally destructive to emotionally constructive. It explains the process by which therapists can begin to make this happen and explores the following questions ...
- What evidence do we have that divorce is permanently effecting the emotional fabric of our society?
- Is there a model of divorce that can change the emotional outfall of that process for families?
- What is Divorce Education?
- Why is it incumbent on the therapeutic, not the legal, community to move clients towards a healthier model of divorcing?
- Is it appropriate or even ethical for therapists to continue working with a family after the couple has decided to divorce?