Divorce without Damage

Making Separation, Divorce, and Co-Parenting Work for Your Family

$30.00 inc. GST

Please note: This webinar is included in all Happy Families Premium memberships

Part 1 with Dr Vanessa Lapointe 

No one enters a relationship and has children expecting it to end badly. Sometimes, however, the fairy tale doesn’t last. Hearts are broken. Lives are changed.

What is well known but rarely spoken, however, is the fear that separation and divorce can be damaging to children. It’s hard to “put the children first” when there is so much pain in partners and children, so many competing agendas from within the family and outside of it, and so much of life feels hard and scary for everyone involved.

When a relationship ends, does it have to signal the beginning of damage for children? Are there things parents can do to separate, divorce, and co-parent successfully? What steps and strategies can parents take to overcome their strong feelings of hurt, betrayal, and pain, and genuinely work together to do the best for their children?

Join Dr Justin Coulson for this special webinar conversation with Dr Vanessa Lapointe, a successful survivor and thriver following her own separation and divorce, as they discuss the big questions every couple in crisis considers. You’ll find out:

– How to talk to your children about what separation and divorce mean for them
– How to get on the same page after separation when you could never get on the same page before it
– Steps and strategies to minimise the damage divorce can do
– Ideas to help your children thrive and be stronger through a family breakdown


Dr Vanessa Lapointe is a mom, registered psychologist, parenting educator, best-selling author, international speaker, and a regularly invited media guest.

Founder and director of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic, she has been supporting families and children for almost 20 years and has previous experience in community mental health and the school system. While navigating the journey of parenting her own two children, including the restructuring of her family through divorce, Dr Vanessa has been challenged to grow herself up. From this awakened place, she journeys along on a path that lands for herself and her family, all of which has profoundly changed her life and is a significant influence on her speaking and practice.

Dr Vanessa is known for bringing a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her work. Her passion is in walking alongside parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people to really see the world through the child’s eyes. She believes that if we can do this, we are beautifully positioned to grow up our children in the best possible way.

Part 2 with Dr Justin Coulson

Divorce, separation and co-parenting can be tricky times for families. With circumstances being what they are, many people may be looking for even more strategies that can be helpful when attempting to navigate this complex time.

Unfortunately, in the short time, we had in Part 1 we were unable to dive deeper into the questions many people had.

That’s why Dr Justin held a follow-up webinar, where he was able to provide you with more suggestions and solutions. Building from the great conversation he had with Dr Vanessa in Part 1, this webinar is pretty gritty.

It’s a no-holds-barred follow up to offer you some additional support.


  1. Jennifer Taylor-Michie (verified owner)

    Generally this talk was good but maybe for a different audience, ie clinicians or early childhood nurses?. As I mentioned in my question, how does the average stressed out parent learn Vanessa’s highly sophisticated powerful leadership persona? This philosophy is awesome and clearly has merit, but not at the expend some basic stuff like red flags for disregulated kids , or damaging parent behaviours, or safety in the midst of violence/coercive control. I wonder if the talk should have been marketed toward “doing the deep internal work for divorce “. Practical tips only came at the end when Justin asked specific questions requiring a defined, brief answer. Most parents needed these addressed , I think .

  2. Nicola Wolfinger (verified owner)

    I haven’t received the recording

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