Welcome to our CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach Training


Divorce is challenging and disorienting in the best of circumstances, and these issues are heightened when the family unit includes persons with special needs or disabilities that call for additional consideration or caregiving beyond what is required for typically developing children.

Benefits and resources to support the special needs child, the other children and parents themselves can be hard to find and often have complicated eligibility requirements and/or long wait times, or, if privately funded, are extremely expensive.

Laws, rules, and practices with respect to parenting and how the issues of divorce are handled also vary widely from state to state, and even within a state from locality to locality. In these circumstances, it is critical that clients create the right team to advise them, support them, and help them navigate the myriad decisions they face.

A qualified special needs divorce coach can bring enormous value to their clients by:

  • Sharing information about resources and benefits,
  • Helping the client identify and explain the ways their child’s needs differ from those of typically developing children,
  • Curating a list of professionals with the qualifications, experience and heart to best serve them, and
  • Joining networks of other professionals to assist clients who reside in other localities.

CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach™ Training and Certification


Taking the high road in divorce is not easy. It is about honoring the relationships which make up the family unit even during these difficult times of divorce. It includes making a commitment to each other to minimize the damage to children, other extended family relationships and the communities your clients are part of. Building a bridge between divorcing spouses to allow the divorce to be more family-centered and conducive to cooperative co-parenting.

Modules Include:

1. The Role of the Special Needs Divorce Coach
2. 10 What To Do’s and What Not To Do’s
3. Co-Parenting Special Needs Children and Siblings

4. Parallel Parenting and Other High Conflict Strategies
5. Amicable and High Conflict Divorce: Tools-Techniques
6. Planning for the Present and the Future
7. Creating the Right Team to Serve your Clients
8. Developing Your Visibility in Special Needs Divorce

CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach™

Eight 2-hour sessions
Thursdays from 10 am – 12 pm ET
September 28 Orientation: 10-11:30 am ET
October 4 Orientation: 12-1:30 pm ET
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30

The cost is $990 (payment plan options – 2 payments of $520, or 3 payments of $360).

CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach Interest

If you are already a CDC Certified Divorce Coach, please make sure to use the same Name and email address as you have in your specialtycoachtraining.com account.

Hear What Graduates Have To Say:


So many families with children with complex needs are struggling to find knowledgeable and empathetic professionals to support them when facing divorce. The CDC Special Needs Certification has been carefully crafted and designed to provide CDC Certified Divorce Coaches insights and tools needed to support parents trying to navigate the extra considerations of divorce and specialized planning when a child with disability is involved. 

Mary Ann Hughes, CDC Certified Special Needs Coach

Clients deserve to work with people who show them and their families respect, listen without judgment, and honor them as the expert and ultimate decisionmaker regarding what is right for them and their family. This is a foundational principle for the training of the CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach.

Emily Malloy

Divorce and Parenting Coach, Attorney, Mediator and Social Worker

When divorce is inevitable, there are many unanswered questions about the family’s financial future. When there is a Special Needs Child involved, the planning process takes another unique turn that the family may not be prepared to handle. Working with a Special Needs Divorce Coach who understands the specific emotional and financial needs of a family during this time can make the difference between irrational, emotional decisions, and thoughtful productive planning decisions that can help secure the future welfare of the Special Needs Child.

Donna Kline


Parents of special needs children often feel alone and misunderstood when divorcing, as if no one understands their child’s unique challenges. Unfortunately, divorces involving neuro-diverse children are complex and difficult to comprehend. CDC Special Needs Divorce Coaches play a pivotal role in guiding and empowering clients to be vigorous advocates for their children and themselves. It is a must-have certification that will add valuable skills to your practice.

Sophie Helenek

Wealth Manager Specializing in Special Needs Planning during Divorce

CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach™ Advisory Group


A group of professionals from various backgrounds and who are also CDC Certified Divorce Coaches dedicated their time and energy to identify the content for the Specialty Coach Training and Specialty Certifications. Together all members of the advisory group participated in the Pilot Program, each taking part in the weekly sessions, contributing additional insight and bringing a richness to the topics and discussions because of their own intimate involvement in the experience that their clients may also be having.

Susan Bernstein
 High Conflict Coach, Divorce and Special Needs Expert
New York

Mary Ann Hughes
Special Needs Parent Advocate

Emily Malloy
Divorce and Parenting Coach, Attorney, Mediator and Social Worker
New York

Donna Kline
Chartered Special Needs Consultant and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst 

Pegotty Cooper
CDC Co-Founder and Director of  Coaching

Sophie Helenek
Divorce Consultant & Divorce Wealth Advisor

Why You Need A Specialty Certification


CDC Specialty Coach Training Certifications are vital supplemental credentials designed exclusively for CDC Certified Divorce Coaches seeking to engage clients grappling not only with the intricacies of divorce, but also with additional challenging factors specific to each specialty certification. These certifications provide advanced coaching tools, alongside specialized expertise and knowledge necessary to address amplified concerns that arise within the dissolution of marriage. By obtaining these specialty certifications, divorce coaches enhance their ability to attract clients seeking guidance through complex circumstances, thus offering a more comprehensive and tailored approach to support during the divorce journey.

CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach™

The CDC Special Needs Divorce Coach™ certification mark is used to identify individuals who, perform personal divorce coaching services for members of the public. Certified individuals deliver personal divorce coaching services according to the Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities. Only certified individuals who have completed the training and perform personal divorce coaching services according to the professional standards taught in the training and required by the certification regulations are authorized to use the Special Needs Divorce Coach™ mark.

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