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ASU program provides after-divorce counseling for families

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

Over the course of two decades, professors at ASU have fine-tuned a program to help families for free. It specifically helps those adjusting after a divorce.

Students learn about just every subject at the university level -- now families can learn about something pretty important there together as well.

"After every session I left with hope," says Melvin William.

Melvin William has finished a 10 week program with psychology researchers at Arizona State University. It's called New Beginnings and it's designed to help parents reconnect with their children before, during, and after a divorce.

William says he reconnected with his children.

"Not only am I going to survive this whole being divorced thing, but with hope that my kids won't repeat the mistakes I've made."

"They can share that oh yeah, this is happening, so they provide each other advice, support and feedback and also keep each other honest," says Dr. Erwin Sandler, ASU Professor of Psychology.

Dr. Erwin Sandler has been studying families who've separated for 15 years. He's found New Beginnings can be just that.

"we found that children whose parents who been in the program had lower levels of depression, lower levels of abuse, less involvement in the criminal justice system, higher grades and higher self-esteem," says Dr. Sandler.

Some help for families who really need it.

The National Institute of Health funded the program. ASU is now looking for parents to sign up for the classes.

Parents who are interested in participating can call 855-531-0851 toll-free or visit

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