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New Ways for Families® Decision Skills Class Workbook: Digital Version

The workbook by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. is for divorcing/separating parents who are going through a time of change, stress and lots of decisions – joint decisions. By strengthening your decision-making skills, you can bring more stability to your own life and that of your children. Many of these decisions need to be made with a former spouse or partner – referred to in this class as your “co-parent” – who may have temporary or long-term difficulty in making reasonable decisions.

This class will focus on the 4 Big Skills that are necessary for optimal decision-making, which will help you whether or not your co-parent is also using these skills. Ideally, these skills will help you both make decisions out of court, such as in mediation. However, if you end up in court, learning and practicing these skills will impress the judge. The 4 Big Skills are:

1. Communicating with BIFF Responses (moderate behaviors)

2. Calming yourself with Encouraging Statements (managed emotions)

3. Making Proposals and Responding to Proposals (flexible thinking)

4. Checking yourself (to remember to use these skills)

This is an online workbook—not a paper workbook that you'll receive in the mail. After your purchase is complete, you will have immediate access to the workbook. You are provided two options: 

1) work through the workbook like you would through a course;

2) individual downloads in each chapter that you can print and complete the workbook.

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the High Conflict Institute in San Diego, California. He pioneered the High Conflict Personality Theory (HCP) and has become an expert on managing disputes involving people with high conflict personalities. He was the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center for 15 years, a Certified Family Law Specialist lawyer representing clients in family court for 15 years, and a licensed clinical social worker therapist with twelve years’ experience.

He serves on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law in California and is a Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Newcastle Law School in Australia. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 30 U.S. states and 10 countries.

He is the author or co-author of sixteen books and has a popular blog on the Psychology Today website with over 4.0 million views.

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