CLIENTS IN LITIGATION:
A Workshop for Mental Health Professionals

 

 

 

 


The Details

Ethical issues working with the Family Courts. Providing practical and effective strategies for your daily practice.

The Date

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The Location



Between Two Homes Office
in the Mian Building
1106 North Highway 360, Suite 400
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Metro (972) 897-0440
www.childreninthemiddle.com
support@childreninthemiddle.com

The CEUs

6 Hours of CEU credit available to LPCs, LMFTs, and Licensed Social Workers -
3 Hours ethics included

The Cost

$150.00 per attendee.

Groups rates of $125.00 per attendee for 5 or more are available.

Please make your payment as soon as possible. To prepare for the training, the deadline for payment is April 2 by 5 p.m.. We do not allow walk ins.

Please note, this training will be filmed for future instructor use.

The Workshop

Unfortunately, many children growing up between two homes and their family systems are described as "Shattered," "Broken," or "Divorced" when research actually supports some children fare better post-separation while others face continuing problems from their parents' continuing conflict. Part of truly helping families is understanding what behaviors and approaches can help children fare better with the reality of divorce in our society and promote healthy post-separation co-parenting. We all want to help, while keeping our own practices out of trouble and unnecessary legal conflict - understanding the nuances of how parents transit the legal system and the attendant challenges can re-focus clinical interaction for greater impact.

Professionals in the mental health fields commonly deal with children and families raising children between two homes. With over half of all marriages in the United States ending in divorce, sometimes involvement with the Family Court system becomes an unpleasant reality of working with that population. Issues involving blended families, attachment and bonding between non-custodial parents and their children, allegations of sexual abuse by a divorcing parent, and other clinical concerns may often end up with service providers on the witness stand. Well meaning professionals can be negatively impacted by this involvement if they are unaware of the specialized issues that come with Court interaction. Worse yet, this involvement can not only have long term damaging effects on these children and their families, but on your professional credibility as well.

This seminar offers mental health professionals the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the higher standard of practice involved in working with forensic (Court connected) cases while learning about current research and knowledge regarding Parental Alienation Syndrome, abuse allegations in custody cases, and expectations of attorneys, judges, and other professionals involved with the courts. Understand how maintaining an informed, up to date, and ethical practice can prevent the common mistakes seen regularly in the Family Courts. Learn from legal and counseling professionals who have hundreds of hours of courtroom time and years of experience in working with court-mandated cases. Case examples are used extensively and seminar leaders present on their specific areas of clinical forensic experience.

The Learning Objectives

  • Understand the current professional and legal standards of practice in making recommendations to the Family Courts
  • Identify what ethical considerations arise when your clients are involved with the Family Court System
  • Identify circumstances where a professional’s experience can be misapplied to families involved in the court system and ways to prevent this
  • Learn to spot pitfalls commonly associated with forensic involvement and increase your forensic assessment skills
  • Identify strategies in working with families involved with the courts for optimum client outcomes
  • Understand the dynamics of testimony and how to handle being called to testify in your client's case
The Instructors


Bradley S. Craig, LMSW-IPR, CFLE

Bradley Craig has specialized in the field of helping families raise children between two homes for over 18 years. He is a noted co-parent educator in the North Texas area, and has developed a number of parent education programs for families raising children in two homes. In 1997 he created a program called Children in the Middle Co-parenting Services, Inc., a comprehensive agency designed to help adults raise children between two homes. He is currently in private practice under Between Two Homes, LLC and contracts with other organizations to provide services to families. As a social worker and family life educator, Mr. Craig is a trained family law mediator and provides family law mediation training with many organizations. He works as a Family Mediator, Collaborative Law Allied Professional, Co-parenting Case manager, Co-parenting Coach, Educator, Parenting Facilitator and Parenting Coordinator. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor at UTA.


Aaron Robb, Ph.D.

Dr. Robb has worked extensively with children and parents involved in the family court system, specializing in divorce and custody modification cases. In addition to National Counselor Certification and license to practice as a Professional Counselor in the state of Texas he is trained as a family law mediator and is an approved provider of continuing education for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers. He is a past-president of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and, among other professional affiliations, is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children as well as the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Robb has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and has been a lecturer at various state and national conferences. He has been featured at local seminars as well as on radio and television speaking about domestic violence, child abuse, divorce, and other issues related to the best interest of children involved in the legal system. In addition to his private practice and volunteer work he is the author of several professional articles. His ongoing research emphasis is on high conflict family systems, child maltreatment, and forensic mental health services.

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