New Ways for Families® 
Communication Skills for High Conflict Situations
Certified & Trained by: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., Co-Founder, High Conflict Institute

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What Is New Ways for Families®?

New Ways is a structured parenting skills method intended to reduce the impact of conflict on the children in potentially high-conflict divorce and separation cases.


New Ways is intended to teach parents the skills necessary to put their children first by improving their co-parenting skills and jointly making their parenting decisions out-of-court, with the help of attorneys and/or mediators.

This reduces the time the court must spend making decisions for them. When parents make their own parenting decisions, they are more likely to follow the agreements.



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Make Your Own Decisions

How To Use New Ways for Families®?

Decision Making

After your coaching sessions, you will be more prepared to make your own agreements in mediation or in negotiations with the other parent or with the help of a lawyer. 


Remember to use the New Ways skills as you make agreements.


Pre-Mediation Coaching

Mediation involves a mediator who has been trained to stay neutral and help the participants make their own decisions.


By completing your New Ways coaching sessions with a trained professional, you will learn how to better make decisions in order to successfully co-parent and protect your children from being caught in the middle.

New Ways for Families® is a project of High Conflict Institute and a registered service mark of William A. Eddy. All Rights Reserved 

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Conflict Resolution Skills

Skills before


Flexible Thinking:

Acknowledging that there is more than one solution to every problem.

Turning complaints into proposals for future behavior or future agreements.


Managed Emotions:

Controlling anger, sadness, fear, and anxiety so as to not over-react.

Protecting the children from a parent’s extreme emotions.

Moderate Behaviors:

Avoiding extreme actions, language, and parenting requests.

Responding to hostile communications so as to avoid escalating the conflict.


Checking Yourself:

Reminding yourself to use these skills during times of stress.

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Trish Guise is not a licensed mental health professional. Sessions are offered as a parenting coach not as a therapist, counselor, nor any other licensed mental health or legal professional. Any information provided by Trish Guise is in no way intended to be legal advice.