Open to Moms and Dads:

Four experienced specialists share wisdom about parenting teens during and after divorce.

Divorce is difficult enough, but with adolescents in the mix, it can become even trickier.
What do they need from their parents during a breakup? What are some optimal co-parenting arrangements for this age? How do you keep communication lines open? How do you identify signs of trouble? How can you help a teenager who is struggling with this transition while you are struggling too? 

Creating blended families with teens is also a challenging process. We will talk about balancing the need for transparency and boundaries around dating, “best practices” for introducing a new partner, and how to approach the formation of new families– yours or your ex-spouse’s.

Come meet other parents and bring your questions!


6:30 PM
Brooklyn Heights

The event will also be live-streamed – beginning at 7 PM.

Emma Cooper-Serber is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working directly with adolescents, adults, and families. In addition to her private practice, Emma works with individuals and groups at a busy downtown clinic, is an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social work, and has served previously as an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Social Work.

Keren Ludwig, LCSW maintains a private practice in Brooklyn where she works with adult and adolescent individuals, couples and families managing life changes.Clients in her practice are typically navigating transitions– becoming an adolescent or the parent of one, separating or divorcing, organizing around a new baby, forming new families, recovering from trauma. Keren teaches in Columbia University’s School of Social Work and is a faculty member of The Ackerman Institute for the Family where she has worked on the Children and Relational Trauma Project, the Multi-Racial Family Project and the Couples Project.  She has presented on her clinical work nationally, and serves on the editorial board of Social Work with Groups.

Warren Spielberg, Ph.D., is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, Fulbright Scholar, and an Associate Teaching Professor at the New School for Public Engagement. He is Co-Author of “The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents” and a member of the American Psychological (APA) Task Force on treatment guidelines for boys and men. He is also the recipient of  a Practitioner of the Year Citation by the APA for his work with the FDNY post 9/11. He maintains a private practice in Brooklyn Heights, where he works with children, families and adults. Dr. Spielberg consults on issues relating to boys and men worldwide to organizations such as UNICEF, FDNY and the NYC Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative.

Barbara Rothberg, DSW, LCSW For more than thirty-five years, Barbara has specialized in helping clients resolve conflicts and navigate transitions in their lives. Working primarily with couples, she fills the role of divorce coach, child specialist, parent coordinator or a mediator, depending on the family’s need. She helps to customize solutions in a respectful manner, emphasizing the best interests of the child. She counsels parents on parenting plans, helps them customize solutions that best fit their situation, and coaches them in building strong, healthy co-parenting relationships.