CIMC is a world first, evidence based intervention for separated parents in dispute, designed to support and powerfully realign co-parenting, by focusing on the experiences of their children.
YCIDS is an educational program for separated parents who have a baby or very young child, and intend to co-parent. The course enables mediators, counsellors, lawyers, or others to assist parents in making these decisions.
Our site provides a host of information for parents about children’s development and about co-parenting children of all ages through separation.
Jennifer (better known as Jenn) is a clinical child psychologist, family therapist and developmental researcher. Here on CBD, we house Jenn’s interventions for separated families in high conflict. In 2019, she was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for this work.
Children Beyond Dispute
The international resource and training hub for building Child Focused pathways through times of family change and challenge
On this site you will find an array of evidence based educational and therapeutic resources, providing guidance, support and inspiration for separated families, to remain child focused and to find their higher ground in post-separation parenting.
Children Beyond Dispute collates and distils the vast work of Professor Jennifer McIntosh, one of the world’s leading child psychologists in the divorce and family trauma fields. Her powerful insights and wisdom, collected over 30 years of therapeutic, mediation, teaching and research experience are here now for all to benefit from.
Child Inclusive Practice Graduate Program
Invitation for life-long learning for CIMC Grads
We are excited to announce the release of our new Child Inclusive Practice Graduate Program and welcome those who have completed our Child Inclusive Mediation and Counselling (CIMC) course to join our community.
To find out more about the program and to access, click here.
International Scoping of CIMC
Child Inclusive Mediation & Counselling (CIMC) is a powerful, evidence-based intervention for enabling parents in dispute to align their perspectives around a shared view of their children’s developmental and emotional needs from a post-separation parenting plan.
The online CIMC course has been available since 2014, and is widely used through Australia, New Zealand, UK and the Asia-Pacific regions. Since its inception, more than 2000 practitioners have trained in the CIMC method.
In 2020, ChildrenBeyondDispute sought to explore the cultural and legislative applicability of the child inclusive method and its online training formats. The full report is now availablle to read here.
Resources and Training for Practitioners and Parents
Child inclusive mediation or post-separation counseling with separated parents represents and embraces many things we now know to be important to family adjustment after parental separation.
YCIDS is an educational program for separated parents – or for mediators, counsellors, lawyers or others assisting parents – who have a baby or very young child, and intend to co-parent.
Professor Jennifer McIntosh
Jennifer (better known as Jenn) is a clinical child psychologist, family therapist and developmental researcher. Her research and clinical work is vast. Here on CBD, we house Jenn's interventions for separated families in high conflict. In 2019, she was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for this work.
Being separated parents of a baby or toddler is a big job. Young Children in Divorce and Separation (YCIDS) is here to help. YCIDS is a short online education program for separated parents of very young children (0-4 years). YCIDS provides invaluable information about early development and the needs of very young children in separation, and helps parents to get on the same page about co-parenting between two homes. YCIDS won’t tell you what to do. It will show you the right questions to ask, to arrive at your own good decisions about co-parenting your child, in your circumstances, now and into the future.
Tom’s Game is a true story, told by a seven year old boy. Tom takes us through the breakdown of his parent’s marriage. With humour and charm, Tom tells us all about court, through the eyes of a child. Just when his parents seem to be ready to self-destruct, along comes a little lady with big glasses, and some child inclusive solutions for the whole family.