12-Hour Training Curriculum

  • MLCD 101: Introduction to Divorce Coaching
  • by Jennifer Cisney, M.A.; Dwight Bain, M.A. & Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

    There is a pressing need for competent Christian divorce coaches today. Jennifer Cisney, Dwight Bain, and Dr. Eric Scalise introduce this growing segment of life coaching and take a closer look at the various opportunities that are available. The differences between coaching, mediation, counseling, and legal assistance are covered.

  • MLCD 102: Managing the Early Emotions
  • by Tom Whiteman, Ph.D.

    Much like any crisis or trauma, the early emotions of a pending divorce include shock, disbelief, denial, anger, and the pain associated with the loss. Divorce expert, Dr. Tom Whiteman, offers practical tips and strategies throughout the normal cycle of repression, redirection and reconciliation.

  • MLCD 103: Moving Toward Acceptance
  • by Tom Whiteman, Ph.D.

    Once the early emotions have been experienced, there is a need for clients to make sure they continue to take the necessary steps in moving toward recovery. Dr. Tom Whiteman discusses the internal “bargaining” that takes place and how to reach a place of acceptance and return to wholeness.

  • MLCD 104: Processing the Grief and Loss
  • by Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

    While grief is universal, how loss and pain are handled is often unique and individual. Georgia Shaffer shares her personal insights into the dynamics of grief and loss by looking at a client’s general personality orientation (sanguine, melancholy, choleric, or phlegmatic), while also making sure enough time is allowed for the process.

  • MLCD 105: Understanding the Grief Cycle
  • by Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

    Based on the seminal research of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and her work with death and catastrophic loss, grief can be understood in terms of a five-stage model. Georgia Shaffer helps clients understand their emotions through the process of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

  • MLCD 106: The Do’s and Don’ts in Divorce Coaching
  • by Eric Scalise, Ph.D.; Jennifer Cisney, M.A. & Beth Cleveland, M.A.

    Effective coaching often depends on the ability to both understand a client’s experience and also ask the right questions. Dr. Eric Scalise dialogues with Jennifer Cisney and Beth Cleveland about their own divorce stories on initial patterns of coping, setting reasonable goals, and connecting in new relationships versus remaining single.

  • MLCD 107: Forgiveness and Letting Go
  • by David Stoop, Ph.D.

    As with any significant loss that involves a meaningful relationship, divorce can lead someone to a place of angry bitterness and lonely despair. Dr. David Stoop walks viewers through the critical role of forgiveness in divorce recovery, especially when it comes to wrestling with issues like trying to prove what’s right or wanting to get even.

  • MLCD 108: Next Steps: Building a New Life
  • by Jennifer Cisney, M.A.

    After the grief process has run its course, clients must begin to consider their next steps in getting back to a healthy level of functioning. While this may not necessarily mean starting a new romance, Jennifer Cisney discusses the need for clients to take stock and evaluate relationships with family members, friends, and within their church community.

  • MLCD 109: New Beginnings: Five Keys to Starting Over
  • by Jennifer Cisney, M.A.

    Part of building a new life is the acceptance of having been divorced. Jennifer Cisney continues her discussion by sharing important keys in starting over, including the need to avoid a victim mindset, finding identity in God, having a balanced self-esteem, and considering the future in terms of jobs, finances, and ministry opportunities.

  • MLCD 110: Barriers to New Relationships
  • by Tom Whiteman, Ph.D.

    Many people who have experienced divorce eventually desire and enter into new dating and/or significant relationships. The path can be filled with potential barriers that must be understood. Dr. Tom Whiteman helps clients navigate their way with practical considerations, addressing emotional readiness, handling rejection, and finding security and significance.

  • MLCD 111: Finding New Relationships
  • by Tom Whiteman, Ph.D.

    Following the decision to enter into new and significant relationships, issues related to basic needs, finances, security, personal confidence, and even sexuality can surface. Dr. Tom Whiteman carefully addresses these important topics, especially when the outcome may be moving toward an eventual marriage.

  • MLCD 112: Now What? Living in a Blended Family
  • by Tom Whiteman, Ph.D.

    Given that divorce is ubiquitous in today’s world, blended families are now nearing the number of intact families in the United States. However, second and third marriages pose their own challenges and risks, especially when children are involved. Dr. Tom Whiteman discusses the realities of living in a blended family in order to create a joyful journey.

Our Faculty

David Stoop, Ph.D.

Dwight Bain, M.A.

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

Jenifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Tom Whiteman, Ph.D.

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