What is a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator (NCPC)?
The use of Parenting Coordinators is a relatively new intervention to manage high-conflict custody cases. Parents retain and compensate a clinician to arbitrate ongoing child-related disputes either by private agreement or by Court Order. That clinician then becomes the Parenting Coordinator.
What does the Parenting Coordinator do?
The Parenting Coordinator works directly with the parents to help them communicate more effectively and avoid conflicts about child-related issues. Parents who are constantly in court about child-related issues (such as a holiday visitation schedule or the sharing of information about a child’s academic or medical developments) might benefit from opinions and guidance to help make communication more effective. In addition, the parenting coordinator mediates issues, and when the parents are unable to agree, the parenting coordinator is often given the power to arbitrate what the result should be.
Ultimately, the court has the final say over child custody and visitation issues, but a Parenting Coordinator can drastically reduce the need to go to court and therefore reduce conflict for the children in families involved in such disputes.
Members will be mailed a full-sized certificate containing all of the relevant information and attesting to the fact that the named recipient “has satisfied the requirements for education, training, and experience, contained in PACE’S Criteria and is therefore recognized as a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator.”
Additionally, court personnel and prospective clients will be invited to visit the Academy Register, where you will be listed as a certified NCPC. To see the Academy Register, click on the link in the left sidebar that says, “Visit The Academy Register of NCCE’s and NCPC’s.”