The BIDC unites an interdisciplinary community of professionals working in the complex realm of divorce, family law, parental responsibility and mental health.
Our mission is to improve outcomes for families by providing training, consultation and community to professionals to adeptly navigate family law issues.
From its beginnings in the 1970s, the BIDC has supported the Boulder professional community with programming on various aspects of divorce. The field of divorce is complicated and nuanced, and can often tether professionals to their offices. As society and laws shift, and as psychology evolves, there is a constant need for professionals to educate themselves on changes. The interdisciplinary approach is at the heart of the BIDC’s commitments. By educating members on issues of law, psychology and evaluation, each professional develops a well-rounded understanding of the issues and systems impacting their clients’ lives.
Today it has evolved to a community of over 100 members and has maintained its commitment to education, community and an interdisciplinary spirit. Members come from many disciplines, including social work, psychology and law.
Members serve in various capacities, including as:
- Parental Rights Evaluators (PRE)
- Parenting Coordinator and Decision Makers (PC/DM)
- Visitation Supervisors
- Child and Family Investigators (CFI)
- Parenting Coaches
- Psychotherapists for children and adults
The BIDC offers interdisciplinary peer-consultation groups in Longmont and Boulder; a facilitated consultation group for mental health professionals and evaluators; monthly programming; and, annual conferences. As of 2017, the BIDC began offering a mock court trial for CFI’s, evaluators and lawyers to practice their courtroom skills.
To participate in the development of understanding and standards regarding parental responsibility and parenting time in the professional community.
To promote understanding between professions and professionals whose skills are utilized in the determination of parental responsibility issues.
To provide educational forums for professionals who work in the area of parental responsibility.
To provide a forum and support for professionals engaged in family law to build a strong professional network and to interact with one another for the common good.
To highlight the concerns of the IDC with regard to children and parents in responsibility disputes with the wider community.