Parenting Coordination: Working with High-Conflict Families - 2017b
Sponsored by The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at William James College
Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP and Robert A. Zibbell, PhD, instructors
Online Course begins August 14, 2017
Weekend-In-Residence: Friday-Saturday, September 15-16, 2017 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Parents who are in chronic high conflict pose particular difficulties for the courts, the professionals who are involved with them, and their children. Increasingly, courts are appointing Parenting Coordinators to help reduce parental conflict and protect the children. This training provides 28 Continuing Education Credits and will examine the role and functions of the Parenting Coordinator and the interventions helpful to reduce conflict. The course is a blended learning format and spans 4 weeks of online coursework for 13 hours and 15 hours of on-site instruction over a weekend-in-residence.
Mental health practitioners, mediators, attorneys, and other professionals will have the opportunity to expand their practice and skills in this emerging area.
Participants in this intensive program will:
- Understand the psychological dynamics of high-conflict families
- Examine parenting coordinator functions and practices
- Identify the qualifications and areas of knowledge needed to be a Parenting Coordinator
- Identify procedures for setting up and beginning cases
- Review, develop, and practice intervention strategies
- Identify techniques to help parents shift from a conflictual spousal relationship to a functional parenting relationship
- Identify ethical and legal challenges of Parenting Coordinators
- Review and practice specifics of writing agreements and drafting decisions
- Review when and how to include children
- Review the research to educate parents in the PC process
- Consider the role of the PC in situations such as domestic violence, abuse and neglect, mental illness and substance abuse and alienation
Applicants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare and protection professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in mental health, law, or human services, certification or licensure in mental health, law, mediation and experience working with high conflict families.
Participants may choose to take all four courses to receive a Certificate in Child and Family Forensics. The Certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work as GALs, evaluators, or parenting coordinators.. Current courses include: , parenting coordination, divorce child custody, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and mental health and juvenile justice. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation.
Program Code: PC17-6
28 CE Credits (MFT CE Credits available)
The registration fee includes course materials and training.
Be sure to register early. Space is limited to 25 people.
Robert A. Zibbell, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in part-time practice in Natick and Barnstable. In 2012, he ended over 33 years of GAL work (and 500+ evaluations), but has continued working (20+ years) as a parenting coordinator. He is the author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals and of Critical Cases in Massachusetts Family Law for E&F Guardians ad Litem: A mental health professional’s perspective on how appellate law informs GAL investigations and evaluations (2006-08) (jointly sponsored by MAGAL, Inc. and Massachusetts AFCC). His piece de resistance, however is the short but authoritative text, Evaluation for Child Custody, co-authored with Geri Fuhrmann, PsyD (2012) part of an Oxford University Press series on forensic psychology.
Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP, is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at William James College, and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She practices as a custody evaluator, mediator, parent coordinator, therapist and consultant. Dr. Deutsch lectures widely throughout North America and Europe on Parenting Coordination, parenting and child development and complex issues related to family conflict, including parent alienation, attachment, abuse and neglect and trauma. She has published extensively on issues related to attachment, alienation, co-parenting after divorce, high conflict divorce, parenting plans and parenting coordination. Dr. Deutsch has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations and testified in juvenile, family, district and federal courts involving divorce and visitation disputes, relocation, domestic violence, adoption, alienation, abuse and neglect. She provides consultation and expert witness services on boundary violations, ethical issues, child and adolescent development, complex custody issues and custody and parenting evaluations. Dr. Deutsch was a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) task force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordinators (2011), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordinators (2006), and the AFCC Task force that developed Guidelines for Court Involved Therapists (2010). She was the former President of the AFCC (2008-2009) and the former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee (2007).