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Children in Between

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Children in Between (CIB), formerly known as Children in the Middle, is an educational intervention for divorcing families that aims to reduce the parental conflict, loyalty pressures, and communication problems that can place significant stress on children. CIB consists of one to two 90- to 120-minute classroom sessions and can be tailored to meet specific needs. The intervention teaches specific parenting skills, particularly good communication skills, to reduce the familial conflict experienced by children. Each parent attending classes typically receives two booklets ("What About the Children" and "Children in Between") that give advice for reducing the stress of divorce/separation on children and promote practice of the skills taught in the course. Each parent also watches the intervention video, which illustrates how children often feel caught in the middle of their parents' conflicts.