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Counselling drive to help families in UAE resolve conflicts

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Intensive family counselling sessions have been rolled out in Abu Dhabi to help settle marital disputes by dedicated social, psychological and legal mentors.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) recently said it has stepped up its efforts in support of family guidance programmes by launching “Reconciliation is Better” [than divorce] initiative which aims to help families resolving their conflicts.

The programme consists in holding intensive family counselling sessions delivered by social, psychological and legal mentors, training workshops enhanced with multimedia content and interactive exercises to acquire the skills that enable reducing marital conflicts.

Youssef Saeed Al Abri, undersecretary of the ADJD, said the department has a special interest in implementing programmes to achieve family stability and cohesion. “This is to strengthen any initiatives aimed at ensuring social cohesion starting from the family as the nucleus of society and the basis for its development, so as to ensure the continuation of the process of development and prosperity of the UAE,” he said.

Al Abri explained that the programme aims to raise the level of awareness and education for the families in the context of the changes they are going through to enable them to overcome the difficulties they may face, using advanced and innovative methods, especially in cases where the family unit faces obstacles that can lead to the breakup of the family bonds and divorce.

The campaign is a tool intended to help and enable spouses to resolve the disputes that arise between them, using the best practices and amicable methods, away from the courts. It consists of several counselling sessions to review and discuss the marital problems, explore their causes and suggest remedies as part of treatment plans that take into account the changes that the family is going through in order to enable it solving any problem it may face in the future.

Follow-up plan

The initiative also offers a follow-up plan for the parties after the end of the previous steps to verify how compliant were the parties with the agreement they have concluded in the event of reconciliation, and to try to remove any barriers that might arise during the enforcement.

It also focuses, in cases of revocable divorce, on discussing the marriage reinstatement if possible and, in case the couple has children, on following up the parents/children relationship and assessing the nature of care children are receiving from their parents.

Targets of the initiative

1-Teach spouses how to acquire skills that reduce marital conflicts and enhance family cohesion through a workshop teaching the Art of Marital Conflict Management and Rights and Duties within
the Family

2-Reduce divorce cases through training workshops: Divorce is not a Solution, Risks to the Family and Society and the Impact of Divorce on Children

3-Awareness workshops to support the family in the event of failure to reach reconciliation, and addresses the ideal parenting and effective positive communication skills.

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