Keeping Kids in Mind (KKIM)

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Keeping Kids in Mind (KKIM) currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: June 26, 2018 and August 25, 2018. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

Target Population: Parents of children birth-18 years of age who are engaged in chronic medium to high conflict postseparation

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

The Keeping Kids in Mind (KKIM) group-work parenting program is designed to assist parents to see through their children’s eyes the experience and impact of being trapped in medium- to high-level chronic parental conflict and to develop greater awareness and understanding about how to support children following family separation. KKIM is a two-and-a-half-hour weekly psychoeducational group that focuses on the development of parental reflective functioning; that is, developing the parents’ awareness about the impact of their behaviour upon their children and developing their ability to think and consider their children’s wellbeing in their actions and communications with their child’s other parent. The group meets for a duration of five weeks and is designed for up to 15 participants.

Program Goals:

The goals of Keeping Kids in Mind (KKIM) are:

  • Explore how the pain of loss and grief during family separation impacts each family member differently
  • Identify emotional triggers and how personal reactions can adversely impact themselves, their children, and their postseparation parenting relationship
  • Understand how parental conflict disrupts children’s normal development and identify the range of ways in which children respond to loss due to family separation
  • Practice how to interpret children’s needs in times of separation conflict
  • Identify ways to repair parent-child relationships
  • Develop parental reflective functioning
  • Identify and learn how children behave and respond differently to separation and parental conflict
  • Understand how the success of the parental alliance depends on the participant’s willingness to re-examine their personal communication style
  • Identify different ways to resolve conflict and discuss how each style impacts on children
  • Prioritize the wellbeing of children during the organization of care arrangements

Contact Information

Angharad Candlin, BSc (Hons), Grad Dip M., MA Registered Psychologist
Agency/Affiliation: CatholicCare Sydney
Phone: (029) 509-1111

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2018