Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does Transitioning Families make custody recommendations?

The Transitioning Families team does not make custody decisions or recommendations. It is the philosophy of this program to support and promote a collaborative process between parents whenever possible. Most families attending a workshop arrive with previously clarified parenting timeshare schedules and determination of legal custody. Many families are experiencing difficulties implementing the set schedule due to child resistance or other factors. Our goal is to work with families on overcoming the obstacles limiting their ability to follow through with the existing parameters.

Is Transitioning Families a residential program?

We are not a residential program. In most cases parents rent a local home during their intensive family workshop.

How does my family get accepted for a workshop with Transitioning Families?

Firstly, the family must be a good Clinical fit for our workshops as determined during our comprehensive intake process. In addition, one of the following usually applies:

  • Court order: in the case of an acrimonious divorce this can be helpful to ensure acceptance for attendance.
  • An agreed stipulation: some parents can collaborate to resolve potential conflicts for attendance.
  • Many families attend our workshops by choice to strengthen the bonds within the family system after completing the intake process.
What is the success rate at Transitioning Families?

Measures of success are different for each family. Each family has an individualized treatment plan with goals that are clearly articulated at the onset of the workshop. At the end of the workshop, clinicians conduct a meeting with the family to determine whether treatment goals have been attained. Families find greater success when they follow through with treatment recommendations.

Do both parents always participate?

We encourage the participation of both parents whenever possible. However each family has an individualized treatment plan that determines this. These decisions take into account the existing court order, safety considerations, and the clinical judgement of the treatment team.