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    • This book is a must-read for parents contemplating divorce, those already in the divorce process and those who have a parenting plan in place. It gives parents important insight into the issues and real needs of children. Shannon has very important knowledge and wisdom to share with parents. I will recommend this book to all my clients who are dealing with parenting plan issues.
    • Albert V. Evans, Family Law Attorney since 1970
    • This book is a key practical tool for parents when life is in crisis. It will help to ensure that our unresolved issues start healing and do not dim the possibility of a joyful and creative life for our children. I truly thank you for gifting this book to the world.
    • Candice Bataille Popiel, coparent of a 7 and 8 year-old and co-author of Discovery of Glow
    • Shannon Rios' personal experience, research, and professional expertise offer compassion and respect to divorced and separated parents. If parents read The Fatal 7 Mistakes and apply all the practical tips this book offers, they will get along better with their parenting partners, heal from their divorce faster and help their children come through the divorce with their self-esteem intact. This book will help ensure families achieve emotional health despite these life-changing events.
    • Jody Johnston Pawel, author of the award-winning book The Parent's Toolshop: The Universal Blueprint for Building a Healthy Family
    • Shannon comes from personal experience and from the heart in her deep desire to help children of divorcing parents. Parents - read this book! You CAN move through the divorce process without injuring your children!
    • Margaret Paul, Ph.D., author/coauthor of "Healing Your Aloneness", Inner Bonding, "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?", and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God?.
    • As a mother of a 7 yr. old, going through a divorce, my main concern is the well-being of my child. This book was a godsend! It has helped me be the best mom for my son, while going through this difficult process."
    • Katy, mother of a 7 yr old.
    • This wonderful book should be required reading and writing for every divorced or never married parent. It also should be on the bookshelf of every mediator, counselor or attorney helping separated parents raise happier kids.
    • Dr. Shirley Thomas, Two Happy Homes: A Working Guide for Parents & Stepparents After Divorce and Remarriage and Parents are Forever: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Successful Coparents After Divorce
    • Don't let the word Fatal in the title scare you, when you look inside, you will find Shannon Rios's book to be one of the best parenting after divorce books ever written. She has understanding, compassion, and an uncanny understanding of what children � and parents � need. I have seen many divorce books during the past 25 years, and while they are all helpful in varying degrees, if every parent could read Shannon's book, most of the problem suffered by children as an outcome of their parents' divorce would be substantially eased. This book should be required reading in all divorce classes."
    • David L. Levy, Esq., President, Board of Trustees, Children's Rights Council
    • For the divorced or separated parent who wants to raise emotionally safe and secure children: this book could be exactly what you are looking for. This book was easy to read, yet practically applicable, capable of bringing out the subtle actions and words that parents, hurting from their own divorce experience, may not realize are inadvertently hurting their children.
    • David Meggitt, Manager, Colorado Children's Program Betty Ford Institute
    • Parents of separation, divorce and conflict will find this book an invaluable and treasured guide�it's filled with heart-felt, sage, and practical advice. Shannon Rios shows parents how to ask themselves and their children questions that optimize healing and growth, even during times of conflict and difficulty. Children whose parents read this book will be lucky indeed!"--
    • Marilee Adams, Ph.D. Author, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work
    • Every so often someone comes along with the rare ability to see things differently and in doing so, changes our lives forever. Suddenly, issues that seemed so difficult to understand and actions that seemed too painful to take, begin to open up to an entirely new understanding that shifts our consciousness and heals our soul! It is this clarity of vision that Shannon Rios brings to her latest work. You owe it to yourself to read this powerful new book but more importantly, you owe it to your children.
    • Jeffrey Alan Hall, Author Speaker Teacher, www.jeffreyalenhall.com, A Course in Miracles
    • Divorced and divorcing parents and their children, regardless of age, will see themselves in this book. They will also recognize the author knows how easy it is to be ensnared in the traps she describes and how difficult it is to avoid them. She provides many prompts for improving self-awareness and exercises to aid management of tendencies harmful to children. Those able to follow at least some of her suggestions should be richly rewarded by improvement in the health and happiness of their children as well themselves.
    • Bonnie W. Camp, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics and Psychiatry University of Colorado School of Medicine

Shannon Rios, MS, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Due to her passion for working with children and families, she formed LifeThreads Inc. in 2002. She specializes in the area of families of divorce, separation and conflict. Her process is called Family WORKS (Working it Out Responsibly for the Kids Sake). She taught Co-Parenting Through Your Divorce for the State of Minnesota for two years and currently teaches Coparenting and Divorce for the State of Colorado. She has completed many specialized trainings in the areas of families experiencing divorce and conflict. In 2006 she moved her practice to Colorado and has built her business in the areas of Therapy with Children and Families of Divorce and Conflict, Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker Work, Therapeutic and Supervised Visitation, and CFI (Child Family Investigator) Work. She focuses on assisting families and children of divorce/conflict to find their power and strength during a challenging life transition. She has had excellent success in empowering families to work together in the best interest of their child(ren).

She is also a successful life and business coach. Prior to her therapy career, Shannon had a successful corporate career in human resources and was trained as a life/business coach. With all of these skills, Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge to her work with any client.

In working with clients, Shannon develops a deep level of trust and integrity. Her focus is the optimal health and well-being of each of her clients. She deeply believes in the unique potential of every individual in the world. Through her coaching and counseling that potential is realized for the individuals, children and families she works with.


“Shannon has helped my ex-husband and I come to a successful resolution on many of our parenting conflicts. She has helped me to make the best child centered choices I could thus, protecting my child from the impact of my conflict. She has helped me to feel at peace with the decisions that have been made. In Gratitude for all of your time, guidance, and patience” Katie (Mother of 5 year old)

“During a transition of rebonding with my child whom I had been apart from due to my own faults, Shannon was a counselor that helped guide, and if needed, instruct in a comfortable way to bring a natural relationship back together between us. Shannon offered helpful advice with real circumstances which was beneficial to our relationship. Thanks. It was a pleasurable experience working professionally with Shannon Rios.” AB mother of 3 yr old from Denver, CO

“I truly believe shannon’s recommendations will help my 16-year old daughter become a successful adult and help me to be a better parent”. Mark, Father of a 16-year old

“Shannon has been a great help to my children and has provided me with the tools to understand their needs”. Star, Mother and Foster Mother

“Shannon and I worked collaboratively on various children’s programs. I found her interventions engaging for the clients and therapeutic for the families as a whole. Shannon has a gift for bringing simplicity to even the most complicated cases.” Monique Lowe PhD- Clinical Psychologist in the Minneapolis Area

“Shannon has been an inspiration in my life. Through coaching, she worked with me on building stronger relationships with my family. Within a year, this not only improved, but also my relationship with friends and coworkers. In addition, my self esteem increased dramatically. Thank you so much Shannon, for everything!” C.H., Assistant Manager Software Quality Assurance

“Shannon is one of the most authentic and compassionate professionals I have ever worked with. She takes the time to truly understand and assess the needs of the organization, team or individual…..and then guides and facilitates growth and discovery for long-term results.” Karla Montgomery, Organizational Development Professional / Instructional Designer

Marriage and Family Therapy Qualifications:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Trained hundreds of families in divorce education for the state of MN and CO
  • Provide counseling for children/families who have been impacted by divorce/conflict, extensive training in this area (see training) section below
  • Provide parenting time and supervised visitation to families
  • Outpatient Family Therapist at County Mental Health Center
  • Developed 24 parent coaching modules for Perspectives Family Center, St. Louis Park, MN
  • Conducted Parent Coaching for Family Center in Denver, CO
  • Child and Family Investigator for State of Colorado
  • Provide Parenting Coordination and Decision Making for Parents
  • Trainer for the State of MN and CO for their state-mandated course: Co-Parenting through Your Divorce

Life Coaching Qualifications:

  • Completed the Coaches Training Institute Training Curriculum
  • Coached over 300 individuals since 2004
  • Coach for the Human Potential Project
  • Leadership Coach for the Ken Blanchard Companies
  • Training Manager for large multinational organization
  • Human Resources Manager and Consultant in multinational organizations
  • Organizational Development Consultant in large multinational organization
  • Graduate of THE COACHES TRAINING INSTITUTE curriculum, a leading coaching model that is accredited by the International Coach Federation
  • Graduate of the Team Management Leadership Program
  • Certified facilitator of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC and The Coaching Process

To continue learning in her areas of specialty, Shannon has completed the following workshops and training courses:

  • Domestic Violence Assessment and Parental Responsibility: Using the Latest Research in Parenting Plans and Complex Cases, Loretta M. Frederick, J.D. and Janet R. Johnston, Ph.D. 2009
  • Comprehensive Training for Parenting Coordinators and Decision-Makers with Christie Coates, M.Ed J.D. and Betsy Barbour Duvall, MSW, LCSW 2006
  • Structured CoParenting Training with Wisconsin ‘s Inter-professional Committee on Divorce 2005
  • Dr. Joan B. Kelly’s Risk and Resiliency for Children of Separation and Divorce: Current Research and Implications for Practice 2005
  • Dr. Carol Norton’s Reaching Children through Play Therapy Workshop 2003
  • Eriksonian Play Therapy: The Spirit of Healing with Children and Adolescents Workshop by Joyce C. Mills 2003
  • Leadership in Action Strozzi Institute 2006
  • Enlightened Warrior Training with Peak Potentials Training and T. Harv Eker 2006
  • Train the Trainer with Peak Potentials Training 2006
  • Healing Touch Training – Level III course 2000-2002
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  • Let all of us, in our own unique way, recommit ourselves to the search for the pebbles of change that can be cast into the social pond. Let us create a divorce process that recycles divorce pain into new patterns of personal and familial growth which, in turn, will also strengthen our entire society. Let us protect our children from the unnecessary hazards of the divorce experience so that they, like their parents, can be strengthened by divorce rather than defeated by it. And let us never forget that if the lights go out in our children’s eyes, be they children of divorce or any other children, we will all live in darkness.
  • —Meyer Elkin, Editor AFCC
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