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Therapist and Family Law Series: Parental Alienation: A Complex Family Issue That Requires a Team Approach

  • 09 Sep 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 third workshop discusses parental alienation from two different perspectives; one of a family law judge and the other from a mental health professional. 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.

Registration must be completed on the SDCBA's website. Please use the "register" link below or copy and paste the URL into your browser.



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, September 9th 2019

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

Course Description:

Participants will learn what Parental Alienation looks like in children and how it impacts co-parenting relationships, and children as they develop. There are different ways to define parental alienation that are more behaviorally descriptive, such as; estranged/resist/refuse, and we will look at how these cases and dynamics come about in families. These are especially difficult cases for attorneys, Judges and the Court system, as co-parents are high-conflict, and children's resistance often does not make sense.  The bench will provide an insight on this difficult area and tips on how to address them in Court.

Take a way’s include an understanding that there is usually more than one reason why a child may resist contact with a parent; when children resist or refuse contact, it is a family systems issue and treatment is complex.  Interventions in these types of cases require a team approach and a behavior therapy approach.  Participants will learn some specific Behavior interventions and different ways to approach clients. This training should be validating for members of the legal community as these are probably some of their most difficult cases. They will learn what to request from the mental health community in seeking orders from the Court.

An explanation of parental alienation and the negative lifelong impact it has on children and parents. When children are alienated from one parent, everyone experiences trauma; without intervention, co-parenting and relationships will most likely not improve. This presentation will talk about how family members need to learn new skills to reduce trauma, including; tolerating distress, regulating emotions, interpersonal effectiveness, and personal management

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to describe the concept of Parent Alienation

2. Participants will gain an understanding of the trauma of Parental Alienation and how it results in emotional abuse to a child

3. Participants will learn at least three skills to assist clients in reducing or mitigating Parental Alienation. They will also learn how to teach clients to become more effective in managing difficult emotions in a high-conflict co-parenting relationship.

Instructor: Lynn Waldman, LCSW

Lynn Waldman, LCSW, is a Divorce Coach/Therapist and Clinical Director of the San Diego Divorce Counseling Center. She assists families through the trauma of divorce; clients learn how to manage emotions, tolerate distress, and are better able to navigate the divorce process, child sharing, and parenting plan issues. As a former Family Court Counselor, Ms. Waldman also prepares clients for participation in Family Court Services mediation. Ms. Waldman is a Board Member and Past President of Collaborative Practice San Diego. She also co-hosts Real Divorce Talk San Diego on Facebook live https://www.facebook.com/RealDivorceTalk/.
For more information please check out Lynn's website at; www.DivorceCounselingCenter.com.  

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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