Creating a parenting plan

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Family Psychologist, shares advice on the best methods for creating an effective parenting plan in order to avoid conflict for co-parents and ease transitions for children
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Creating a parenting plan

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A parenting plan is typically written in a divorce stipulation or agreement, and what this is is a mutually agreed upon plan that provides structure on the day-to-day life of their kid, of their children, or child, such as setting up two households, who's responsible for the pick-up and drop-off, who's responsible for medical care, who's responsible for schooling, who's responsible for the child when the child's sick and can't go to school, who's responsible for driving a child to a medical appointment, do both parents go to the medical appointments or not, who schedules the appointments or not, who buys the birthday presents or clothes for the child when they're in their care. Parenting plans can be specific to the minutia of day-to-day activities, or it can be as broad as a custody schedule that just dictates when the pick-up and drop-off times are and what the agreement is for vacations and holidays.
ALL PARENTS, Divorce, Co-Parenting

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Family Psychologist, shares advice on the best methods for creating an effective parenting plan in order to avoid conflict for co-parents and ease transitions for children

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Katherine Sellwood, PsyD

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Dr. Katherine Sellwood is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Encino, California, who specializes in child, adult and forensic family psychology. She began her Master's Degree training at Pepperdine University, continuing her education at C.S.P.P. to obtain a Doctoral Degree in the field of Clinical Psychology. Since entering the field in 1996, Dr. Sellwood has garnered a diverse professional background that includes working as an elementary and middle school counselor, college and regional center disabilities specialist, executive director of a non-profit organization in psychology, consulting psychologist at hospitals and in-patient medical facilities, and an academic Professor of Psychology at several graduate schools. Dr. Sellwood has been a guest lecturer presenting topics that include: anger management, early childhood development, play therapy techniques, taking a stand against teenage violence, developing resilience, treating children of divorce, loss and grief, adolescent girls and disordered body images, understanding behavioral difficulties.

Dr. Sellwood holds a license in clinical psychology through the state of California. She is on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her professional affiliations also include The American Psychological Association, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and The American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She has received professional honors and recognition through the Psy Chi National Honor Society of Psychology, the California Senate for excellence in school counseling, student nominated Who’s Who of America’s Teachers, and peer nominated Sierra Tucson’s Gratitude for Giving.

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