Our History

Developing and Evaluating for over 30 years

We have been partners in developing and evaluating the New Beginnings Program for over 30 years. We started with a small, randomized trial of an in-person, group version of the program, with 70 parents. We then tested the program in two larger trials that included 240 and 830 families. We were very excited by the results of all these trials! They showed benefits in multiple areas of children’s functioning, such as depression, self-esteem, grades, drug and alcohol use and relationships with their parents. Remarkably, several of these benefits lasted 15 years after the program. Because of these positive outcomes, we decided to adapt the program into an online version so it could reach many more families. This program, the eNew Beginnings Program, teaches all the skills in the group program. We tested this online version in another randomized trial and found that it reduced children’s mental health problems, reduced interparental conflict and strengthened the quality of post-divorce parenting. Our commitment now is to make the eNew Beginnings Program accessible to as many divorced and separated families as we can. It’s a big step toward fulfilling our dreams and life’s work — making a difference in the lives of children and their parents.

The New Beginnings Team
Sharlene, Irwin and Michele

Internationally Recognized by Leading Scientific Journals and Registries of Evidence-based Programs