Collaborative Child Specialists

Child Specialists are experienced, registered professionals with specific training in child psychology and development as well as the collaborative divorce process and working with families in transition. The focus of the Collaborative Child Specialist is the emotional and practical needs of each child involved in the separation/divorce. Their role is to work with the parents to design parenting plans that best identify and meet the needs of the child as the family evolves through the divorce process. They work to minimize parental conflict and facilitate communication between parents. The goal is to assist parents to maximize the security, stability, and feelings of being loved and significant for the overall emotional well-being of the child. The involvement of the Collaborative  Child Specialist allows for the design, and redesign, of agreed upon parenting plans without Court. The Collaborative  Child Specialist assists parents to meet the changing needs of their child as the child grows and develops to allow for the full potential of the child to be achieved in an atmosphere of lessened or eliminated conflict. It is a customized and informed approach to the development of parenting plans.

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Iris Wagner-Ritzmann

Child Specialist, Divorce Coach Crowning Life Consulting Inc.
Work #210 347 Leon Ave Kelowna BC V1Y 8C7 Canada Work Phone: 250-859-6039 Website: Crowning Life Consulting


Always passionate about supporting healthy families, Iris Wagner-Ritzmann has supported families for over 20 years through coaching, mediation, and counselling. Iris pursued the expertise needed to provide practical and sustainable solutions for parents and children faced with the challenges of separation and divorce. She has helped many children to express their feelings of grief and loss following separation or divorce, and has consulted with parents on how to best support their child(ren) through this new and painful transition.  Having taught many seminars and group modules, Iris provides parents with practical tools to navigate the various transition stages in the family unit after separation and divorce. Moreover, Iris is devoted to family counselling and helping parents to co-parent thus enhancing the well-being of their children.

Iris is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC), a Certified Mediator, and has earned the additional professional credential of Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling (MPCC).

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