Course Description

*This complete Online Course includes a PDF of the material (CD-ROM), Empirically Based Parenting Plans: What Professionals Need to Know, and the Final Exam. 

Constructing parenting plans based on empirical data related to the effect of parental participation in a child’s life and that child’s adjustment to separation and divorce is examined in this program. Topics covered include the reason behind Florida’s Statute Chapter 61 revisions; the components and general concepts behind empirically based parenting plans; research into children’s age related needs as it affects parenting plans; constructing a parenting plan based on a child’s age and development; children’s adjustment to parenting plans; special considerations when developing parenting plans; planning beyond that which is legally mandated; and more.

10 CE credits/hours, 100 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss specific age-related research regarding children’s developmental and emotional needs and parenting plans.
  • Explain developmental and age-related considerations in developing parenting plans.
  • Recognize problems in children’s adjustment to parenting plans.
  • Summarize special considerations when developing and maintaining parenting plans, including issues related to relocation, high-conflict families, and domestic violence and abuse.


  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Material from which questions are based (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "Empirically Based Parenting Plans" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnaire

About the Presenters

Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, Florida

Members of the Task Force were Debra K. Carter, PhD, Chairperson; Eric Bruce, Esq; Laurie Pine Farber, LCSW; Linda Fieldstone, MEd; Hon. Diana Moreland; Jack Moring, Esq; Roxanne Permesly, LMHC; Magistrate Lee Schreiber; Deborah Coe Silver, PsyD; Robert Silver, PhD; and Nina Zolo, Esq