ADEPT (After Divorce: Effective Parenting Together)
What is ADEPT?
ADEPT is a private educational and communication skills training program that serves the children of Oakland County by training parents to effectively co-parent. Co-parents learn to use appropriate communication rather than engaging in conflict and additional litigations, which has a detrimental effect on the children.
- Be unable to resolve conflicts through other methods
- No current PPO in effect unless specifically ordered by the court to participate in ADEPT
- Both co-parents able to attend the same 8-week series
- Must be available to attend all 8 meetings
- Agree not to initiate any new litigation during the 8 weeks of the class
Co-Parents Served by ADEPT
Parents served by ADEPT are those who are at risk of or who continue to engage in moderate to high conflict after a judgment of divorce has been entered in their case. They will be co-parents who are unable to effectively cooperate and work together to parent because of hostility, anger, and poor communication with each other. Often mediations have been unsuccessful with on-going difficulties over one or more parenting issues.
How Do Co-Parents Get Referred to ADEPT?
Referrals are accepted from the Friend of the Court Family Counselor, judges, referees, or by the couple themselves. Co-parents may attend voluntarily or be mandated by court-order to attend ADEPT. Requests to participate or referrals for ADEPT can be sent to:
· ADEPT PROGRAM WITH DADS AND MOMS OF MICHIGAN, 2550 S. Telegraph Road, Suite 240, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
How Does ADEPT Work?
The goal of ADEPT is to train parents to communicate more effectively for the sake of their children. During the eight weeks of the ADEPT program, co-parents are educated about the risks of on-going conflict on the psychological and educational adjustment of children. At the same time, co-parents are encouraged to take responsibility for the communication problems that exist with their co-parent and to learn more successful methods of communicating and resolving conflicts.
Co-parents gradually interact with each other to pinpoint their most important conflicts and begin to use both communication techniques and effective conflict resolution skills to begin to resolve their arguments and conflicts.
ADEPT is a group program and co-parents never interact with each other without supervision and coaching. They learn new techniques of communication, practice these skills, are given homework assignments and must demonstrate their use of the skills they have learned in the weekly classes. The co-leaders and the other co-parents present provide a supportive and encouraging environment that enhances the learning of and use of new ways to communicate about old conflicts.
When Does ADEPT Meet?
ADEPT is an eight week series that meets once a week in the evening in Waterford or West Bloomfield. Co-parents are given schedules at least 30 days ahead of time in order to plan for this series.
What Does ADEPT Cost?
Since ADEPT is a private program, there is a fee of approximately $300.00 to each co-parent for ADEPT.
Where Can I Get Information?
For more information, contact any of the following individual or private agencies offering the ADEPT program:
ADEPT PROGRAM Coordinator, Robert M. Hack, M.A., can be reached at 248-335-6000 or through Dads and Moms of Michigan at 248-559-3237 or see the following website: www.dadsandmomsofmichigan.org/adept.