On The Mend

For children of parents going through separation or divorce

A children’s support group that makes use of the evidence-based Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP) model. Children are provided with support and taught age-appropriate coping skills and techniques to assist with the difficulties caused by parental divorce and separation.

The need for the group centers around the increased number of parents and families experiencing divorce and separation, which is often accompanied by high levels of stress. In this CarePlus group, we will help reduce children’s stress level within a supportive environment, and strive to help remove them from the adult conflict.

The group is open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade,
and the skills taught are sensitive to their different developmental stages.

Program Goals:

Over the 8-week session period, the group will assist participants in:

  • Being able to cope more effectively with parental divorce and separation, as well as reduce stress levels.
  • Enhancing their long-term adjustment.
  • Preventing academic, behavioral, and emotional problems that may accompany family disruption.
  • Coping with feelings of loss, anger, self-blame, and the permanency of divorce.

Weekly sessions target:

  • Identification and expression of feelings
  • Shared experiences
  • Positive perceptions of self and family
  • Capacity to cope with the challenging changes associated with divorce.

Insurance is accepted.

About the facilitator…

Kristen Lauber, LCSW

Kristen Lauber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Kristen is currently a clinician and clinical supervisor for CarePlus. She has experience working with children in out-of-home placement and their families to assist them in reaching a goal of reunification and obtaining permanency. Kristen has also worked as an outpatient clinician (helping children and adults achieve emotional stability) and as a social worker. She has extensive experience working with children providing psycho-education, skill-building and therapy to assist the youth in achieving success in school and in the community. Kristen looks forward to bringing her experience as a clinician to On The Mend to assist in the difficult adjustment of parental divorce and separation while allowing for a safe place to learn and grow.


Have questions? Call Gabriella Urato, LCSW at 201-797-2660 x5210 for more information and scheduling.