William James College, in collaboration with Overcoming Barriers, is pleased to present…

What to Do When a Child(ren) Rejects a Parent: A Toolkit for Judges and Attorneys
When: Course is open now until February 10, 2025
: Online, self-paced between start and end dates
Some of the most difficult cases we face occur when a child resists or refuses contact with a parent. In these cases, conventional wisdom typically does not work. This multi-module online course provides an overview of why these “resist/refuse” cases are different, what makes them so challenging, and the tools every family law professional needs to be able to deal with them more effectively.
A multi-disciplinary expert team of two judges, three attorneys, and two mental health professionals will discuss the following themes: Why a whole-family approach is necessary; Why a provider “team” is necessary; How team members can work together effectively and within the confines of their ethical obligations; and Why time is of the essence.
Building on these themes we take a closer look at the different components of the practitioner’s tool-kit for cases in which a child resists or refuses contact with a parent.
These offer practical tips and strategies for dealing with these cases, including:
Identifying Red Flags
Building an effective team to work with the whole family
What therapist/s can (and cannot) do in these cases
Working with opposing counsel
Attorney’s work with clients
Engaging the Judicial Officer
Developing effective service agreements and court orders as well as measures of accountability; and
What to do when a case involves domestic abuse or trauma
In addition to didactic education the team will present scenarios that reflect common situations encountered in these cases and will provide a dynamic and interactive “practice” for the professionals of what they’ve learned and best practices in determining severity of RRD and what to do in each situation. Experts discuss how easily this issue can develop in a family, the usefulness of custody evaluations, the use of social science in court cases, when and how for a parent to say goodbye to a child and other special, relevant topics in addition to the content curriculum.
The course is provided in collaboration with William James College. 

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