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May 5th, 2024

S4.E37. Surviving the Psychopath: Evolving Your State of Mind

  1. S4.E37. Surviving the Psychopath: Evolving Your State of Mind Diane Dierks & Rick Voyles 37:32

Has the co-parent world gone absolutely crazy? In some ways, yes! Diane & Rick discuss the disturbing patterns they often see in their work, and hear about from listeners, that signal the need for an evolutionary change in thinking for those who suffer their co-parent’s psychopathic behaviors. The hosts discuss the importance of accepting the chronic toxicity, but addressing the acute moments of panic by finding out what children need in the here and now.

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DIANE DIERKS is a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as the executive director of the Center for Navigating Family Change (, a non-profit that provides court-ordered parenting education and co-parenting services to the state of Georgia. She has been a parenting coordinator and reunification therapist for many years, and provides consultation and expert witness services in high conflict custody matters. She resides in St. Simons Island, Georgia, with her husband and their three-legged Lab mix and one-eyed Yorkie. She has two grown children and two grandchildren.

RICK VOYLES is CEO of the Center for Dispute Solutions, as well as a certified business coach, an anger management specialist and a professional mediator. Rick travels internationally, training and developing federal mediators in their agency ADR programs. He is a published author, business coach and entrepreneur. He has developed an online Mediation Training including over 17 video presentations. He has also produced a TV program, “Conflict, Mediation and You” where he discusses topics in conflict management, as well as mediation techniques. Rick is a subject matter expert in the areas of Divorce, Co-parenting, Negotiation, Cross-cultural Communication and Conflict Resolution. He frequently teaches court-ordered co-parenting seminars and is a trained parenting coordinator. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Janet.

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