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Overcoming Parent Child Contact Problems

alt Course: OB-102 - Overcoming Parent Child Contact Problems

alt Instructor: Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D.,Hon. Marjorie A. Slabach (ret.), Sherrol Cassedy, JD

alt Approved for 6.0 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psycholgist, MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

alt This course is designed for Full and Part-Time Private Practitioners, and Full and Part-Time Agency Employees

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video Format Available

alt Approved by the Judicial Council of California for custody evaluators' CE credits

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This interdisciplinary training presented by Hon. Marjorie Slabach (ret.), Dr. Matthew Sullivan, and Sherrol Cassedy, JD will explore the characteristics of high conflict families and legal and mental health interventions where children are resisting contact with a parent.  The program will also review the current literature and terminology used in these cases as well as take a look at how they present to attorneys, judges and mental health professionals and what each member of the team can do to help. The training will explore the spectrum of interventions for these families and best practices for legal and mental health professionals who work on these cases including the challenges of the Child’s voice, an interdisciplinary team approach and a discussion of lessons learned in working with these families by experts in the field.

Course Goal and Objectives

  • Assess the legal and mental health aspects of children’s resistance
  • Explore common characteristics of each family member (Rejected parent, Aligned parent, Alienated Child) in high conflict situations
  • Review the research, history and current trends for working with these families
  • Discuss lessons learned from presenters’ experiences working with these families
  • Utilize best practices for working with high conflict families within the family court system
  • Create a team for working with these families
  • Provide a judicial officer’s perspective on how the Court can support mental health interventions with high conflict families
  • Explain how attorneys can support the reunification process rather than taking an adversarial approach.

Please Note:  This program includes a required and downloadable book excerpt reading of "Overcoming the Coparenting trap: Essential Parenting Skills When A Child Resists A Parent", by John A. Moran, Ph.D., Tyler Sullivan, and Matthew Sullivan.  Course post-test questions will include subject matter from the excerpt.Access to the excerpted materials will be available upon purchase of the course.

<< Overcoming the Coparenting Trap can be purchased separately here >>

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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 6.0 hours Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG) is approved as a CE provider by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. SFG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists and licensees of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Reciprocity for Master Degree clinicians may vary by state. Please check with your state licensing agency or board.
  • This course is approved by the Judicial Council of California pursuant to the requirements of California Rules of Court, rules 5.210(f) and 5.225(d) and (i) for 6.0 hours of initial or annual continuing education. The views expressed in this training are those of the trainers and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California.




Your access to the course material extends for 1-year from the date of purchase. This includes after passing the post-test, so you may continue to review its contents.