Overcoming Barriers, Inc. in collaboration with William James College
is pleased to offer a new online multi-module course entitled:
High Conflict Coparenting:
Interventions for Children’s Alignment and Resistance
 Robin M.Deutsch, PhD, ABPP, Barbara Jo Fidler, PhD, C.Psych, John A. Moran, PhD, Matthew Sullivan, PhD, and Peggie Ward, PhD, presenters
The online course dates are:
September 11 – December 3, 2017
Live online Q & A session with two of the presenters on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
 Mental health professionals face significant challenges trying to assist families when a child is resisting contact with a parent after separation/divorce.
This 28-hour multi-module training provides an exciting opportunity for those working in the field and encountering these complex situations.
Through online presentations utilizing video clips illustrating work with a “typical family”, combined with extensive readings and a live 2-hour Q & A webinar, trainees will learn the nuts and bolts of how to work with the whole family.  From intake and contracting, to the role of the court and aftercare planning, the expert team will share its knowledge and experience working with these families. Modules will address how to work with each individual family member, with parent-child and parent-parent dyads and with the whole family.
The 11 modules include the following topics:
  • Introduction to Therapy with Families Where Children Resist or Refuse Contact with a Parent
  • Initial Conceptualization and Action in Reunification Cases
  • Systemic Approach to Reunification
  • The Role of the Court in Clinical Interventions
  • Initial Call for Help: The A – Z of Managing the initial Call, Screening and Assignment to TX
  • Beginning the Intervention: Setting the Structure/ Boundaries
  • Dynamic of the Family System and How to Develop Appropriate Treatment Plans
  • Parent – Child Work / Different Interventions for Different Situations
  • Overcoming the Coparenting Impasse
  • Determining Next Steps in Treatment
  • Cognitive Bias, Common Ethical Issues & Risk Management Practices
The Learning Objectives of the training are to educate participants to:
  • Encourage constructive coparent communication
  • Show parents how to use conflict de-escalation strategies.
  • Teach coparents to self-regulate thoughts and statements reflecting harsh, rigid, black and white thinking.
  • Effect the coparenting dynamic from one of blame to shared responsibility.
  • Allow each parent to express regret to one another and to the child(ren).
  • Help coparents to reframe the divorce story into a new narrative
The training team is comprised of members of the Overcoming Barriers Board of Directors and Advisory Council including the three OCB founding clinicians. All are experienced clinical psychologists and educators with decades of experience working with high conflict parenting and present and publish nationally and internationally.
Course Code: HCC17
The 28-hour course fee is $750.
To register, please click here.
Participants will be required to purchase the following text, which is available at Amazon.com
Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection and Alienation. (2016) Edited by Abigail M. Judge & Robin M. Deutsch. Oxford University Press.
To Register go to the William James Graduate school website to continuing education

William James College Formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP)
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