A Program to improve Post-Separation Parenting made especially for you!
The SPOT Program [Separated Parenting Orders Training] has been developed with you in mind. Your time is precious and time with your children even more so. So, instead of figuring out when you are going to be able to organise someone to look after your children, in order to complete a program such as SPOT – all that you need to be concerned with, is deciding when to sit down at your computer to complete the program, and doing so at your leisure.
So what do you need to know?
The court and legal practitioners will often advocate for parents to complete a program (sometimes referred to as a parenting orders program) designed to assist them with the challenges and pitfalls that arise for separated parents.
Have you been ordered, by the court, to complete a parenting orders program, and don’t know where to start?
Then you are not alone. This type of program is designed to help you to focus your attention on the best interests of your children, thereby reducing the conflict between yourself and the other parent, and helping you to develop a healthy post-separation co-parenting relationship. Unlike other parenting order programs, SPOT has been designed so that you can complete the course at your own leisure. It is conducted online so that you can complete the program in the comfort of your own home.
Is the program completely online?
There are 2 options available with the SPOT program. The first is the online course, and once this component is completed you will be provided with a certificate of completion. In some circumstances there may be reasons for taking a further step: namely, a face-to-face interview/discussion with one of our professional consultants.
How will you know if you have completed the course?
The SPOT program is divided into 10 modules each of which are locked. You will only be able to move onto the next one after you have completed (and passed) a short quiz at the end of each module.
Who can complete the program?
Anyone with an interest in co-parenting, following separation.
Why should I complete the program?
Going through a marital/defacto separation is never easy. Research shows that it is one of the most stressful situations that we can face in our lives. It is, however, not unusual for parents to feel very strongly that their actions, post-separation, are in the best interests of their children, when the truth is that the ongoing dispute between them may be causing their children more harm than good. The reality is that during this difficult time in your life, you may not be able to ‘see the forest for the trees’, as the expression goes. Being in the midst of a breakdown of your relationship with the other parent, means that you may not be in the best position to make objective decisions that are in your children’s best interests. SPOT has been designed to focus on your children’s best interests. To help draw your attention to issues that are, commonly, contentious, and to highlight the role that each of you play in such circumstances, and what you can do to make the future better for your children. Regardless of your view of the other parent, the best outcome for your children is, usually, to have both of their parents actively involved in their lives, and to feel loved and appreciated in each household. All research supports this, and courts are well aware of the desirability of children having both parents play their role in the upbringing of their children.Sign Up
SPOT was developed by Lorrie Brook and Gary Shepherd.
Lorrie Brook has worked as a Family Lawyer in Brisbane. Over a number of years Lorrie has been establishing a popular Communication website for separated parents, called, ‘Our Children Australia’. Lorrie is passionate about making the separation process easier for couples, families, children and all concerned.
Gary Shepherd is a senior Solicitor in Queensland, and an experienced Social Worker, who has had a 40+ year interest and involvement in the area of family law. Gary holds Masters Degrees in both Law and Social Work, and a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution. He is widely regarded as one of the most experienced Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners [Mediators] in Australia, and also undertakes completion of Family Reports in disputed family law matters, and Social Assessment Reports in the area of Child Protection.