Coaching and Consulting
Parent Coaching, Parent Education and Mediation Services in Golden Valley, Minnesota
Susan Carpenter is an author, family relationship coach, parent educator and mediator in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Susan helps families strengthen family relationships and build connections through healthy communication and parent-child interactions. Susan is a rule 114 qualified neutral listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court's ADR Roster. She also fills the role of parenting consultant and parenting time expeditor in some cases.
No family is perfect. Families are made up of unique and special individuals with different perspectives, needs and levels of resilience. Because of this family conflict is a common occurrence. Some families can effectively resolve
conflict while others might need help.
Susan has a unique background that grew out of personal experience. As an adult child of dysfunction and a parent involved in high conflict divorce from an abusive alcoholic, Susan found that professionals in the systems who are supposed to help families were lacking in real understanding of conflict, childhood trauma and family dysfunction. Some professionals were good at psychology but did not understand what is expected of divorced parents from the family court perspective. Others understood the legal piece of divorce with children but did not understand the impact of family or childhood trauma on custody and parenting time agreements. Susan saw that there was a gap in professional awareness and a lack of support for families in conflict. She sought to fill that gap and provide much needed support for parents.
For more than 24 years, Susan has offered support and knowledge to parents trying to break cycles of abuse or dysfunction. During that time, she worked with families through different career paths. Susan earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and trained to be an ADR (alternative Dispute Resolution) professional working as a mediator, parenting consultant and parenting time expeditor. However, what Susan found the most helpful to parents was coaching and education. Susan now holds a master's degree in family education and is a licensed parent educator in Minnesota. She is also listed on the Minnesota ADR roster as a Rule 114 qualified neutral.
Individual, Joint and Family Coaching:
Coaching and learning are not for divorced parents alone. Many adults struggle with relationships in general. Those who grew up in abusive or unsupportive childhood homes are not sure how to build healthy relationships. Susan's classes and one-on-one coaching can help you stop guessing at what is normal and healthy so you can understand what a healthy relationship should feel like. Making this positive change can redefine or rebuild relationships, parenting and even career paths! Coaching not only helps you gain confidence, improve communication and resolve conflict in more effective ways, it also helps to decrease the amount of stress you experience. If you have experienced trauma, abuse, or an alcoholic or emotionally unavailable parent or partner, you may need some guidance to overcome that. Susan can help with that work.
Couples can receive coaching jointly, separately or in combination, to strengthen relationship skills or build a co-parenting relationship after divorce. There is no additional cost for couples coaching. However, when a family of three or more seeks coaching, additional costs may occur.
Classes and Webinars:
Susan loves to teach. Her current focus is creating online courses and webinars for family and relationship skill building, but Susan still has a passion to help families move beyond high conflict divorce. If you have tried other methods for moving forward but remain stuck, connect with Susan and see where this journey can lead. Classes and webinars are held through www.stillfamily.love.
When inquiring about joint services (Mediation, parenting consulting or parenting time expediting) please complete the secondary information related to the other party or coparent if the information is known to you. Parenting consultant and parenting time expeditor role require a court order, retainer and signed contract in order to begin services. In addition, parents must agree to the appointment and the individual who will serve as parenting consultant. If you would like to learn more about these ADR roles, consider taking this free e-course that is offered through stillfamily.love.