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Therapist and Family Law Series: Working With High-Conflict Clients

  • 10 Jun 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • San Diego County Bar Association Conference Center (1st Floor) 401 West A Street, Suite 120 San Diego, CA 92101

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The San Diego CAMFT chapter, in collaboration with the San Diego County Bar Association and Antonyan Miranda, present the second workshop in a 3-part series that brings therapists and attorneys together to explore and learn about topics that are mutually relevant to each profession and the unique working relationship that often brings the two together. Our second workshop discusses working with high-conflict clients from two different perspectives; one of a family law judge and the other from a marriage and family therapist. We will explore the topic from each perspective, including what to expect from working with one another, professional expectations towards responding to inquiries from either party, and normalizing the experience of collaborative work between therapists and attorneys. Please join us for dialogue, collaboration, and networking.

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Antonyan Miranda is generously sponsoring and collaborating on the attorney-therapist workshop series. 

Schedule and Location:

San Diego County Bar Association
Conference Center (1st Floor)
401 West A Street, Suite 120
San Diego, CA 92101

Monday, June10th 2019

Program and networking from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Course Description:

Escalation can be triggered by trauma and it can be traumatic in and of itself, so a trauma- informed level of care and treatment is necessary when discussing high conflict clients. Jennine will use a trauma informed lens while viewing the problem and discussing solutions, which meets a high standard of care for licensed therapists dealing with a variety of clients. Mandated reporting requirements and safety concerns with high conflict clients that are standard requirements for all mental health practitioners will be addressed throughout the presentation. Jennine will also be contributing information on providing culturally competent therapy with high conflict clients, which is a legal and ethical requirement for education standards for all mental health licenses.

1. Introduction

2. Identifying And Assessing Conflictual Clients

3. Handling Legal and Ethical Issues with Conflictual Clients

4. Interventions and Strategies with Conflictual Clients

5. Discussion/Q&A

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain a deeper understanding of assessing for high conflict clients and situations

2. Gain a deeper understanding of effective interventions and strategies to support high conflict clients without losing them

3. Learn strategies for deescalating high conflict clients and establishing safety both within the session and outside of the session

Instructor: Jennine Estes, MFT

Jennine Estes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a group practice in Mission Valley. Jennine has been studying scientific approaches to psychotherapy since 1997 and has been hooked from then on. She is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a supervisor, and also a business coach for other therapists looking to grow their private practice. She continues to work with Veterans Affairs in order to provide services to the veteran population in San Diego, and also specializes in working with LGBTQ couples. In 2016, she expanded her company to include both licensed and associate therapists to open up more options for clients in her private practice. In 2018, she opened up a second location in North County San Diego in Oceanside. Her ultimate goal is to create a space where clients can flourish by finding the right fit for Marriage Counseling and Therapy services. Jennine excels at creating and maintaining lasting relationships with both her clients and her team, which contribute to Estes Therapy's continued growth.

Target Audience: 

This presentation is geared towards prelicensed and licensed mental health professionals, attorneys, and others working within family law and mental health.


$20 for CEU's (early bird price); $15 without CEUs


To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at education@camft-sandiego.org


To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email education@camft-sandiego.org


Course Completion certificates will be awarded electronically in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Please make sure Program Administrator has your correct email. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

This course is provided by the San Diego Chapter of the California association of marriage and family therapists (Provider #57330) is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. The San Diego chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

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