Parental Conflict as a Traumatic Stressor for Children and Adolescents: Awareness and Ways to Intervene

When: Thursday, May 19 - 12:00 PM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Divorce rates in the United States are extremely common with between 40 and 50% of marriages ending in divorce.  One in five children born to married parents will experience parental divorce and almost 50% of children born within a cohabiting, unmarried union.  Given how commonplace parental separation and divorce are, its impact can be overlooked as a traumatic ore severely adverse event in a child’s life.  It’s commonly understood that parental divorce and separation itself is not the traumatizing event but the resulting parental conflict that can negatively impact child and adolescent mental health.  In this presentation participants will (1) gain a greater understanding of the ways that (non-violent/abusive) parental conflict can be traumatizing to children and youth, and (2) learn about therapeutic interventions to promote effective and healthy co-parenting. 

About the Presenter:

Kristin J. Carothers received her MA/Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from DePaul University and her Bachelors of Science from Howard University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Columbia University Medical Center, and a post-doctoral fellowship at St. John's University Child HELP partnership. She is devoted to the destigmatization of  mental health problems, as well as ensuring that all children and families have access to evidence-based care. Her expertise includes school consultation and intervention, Parent Management Training, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents and adults. 

Dr. Carothers is currently a Juvenile Forensic Psychologist for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. She is also a clinician in private practice at Peachtree Integrated Psychology in Atlanta, GA where she provides individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, school consultation, Behavioral Parent Management Training, and high conflictive Co-parenting services for children, adolescents, and adults. She was formerly an Assistant Professor in Clinical Child Psychology at the Georgia School for Professional Psychology at Argosy University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.