On-Demand: High Conflict Divorce: A Discussion of Civil Forensic Issues that Decrease Blame and Strengthen Connections - 5 CEUs

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  • CEs: 5 Core Education Clock Hours for Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, & Marriage and Family Therapists (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $115

Educational Objectives:

  • Understand the distinction between diagnoses and dynamics in high conflict family systems, and why the diagnostic system does not work in these cases.
  • Identify cases in which the use of alienation is appropriate, and when it is best to use other language such as estrangement, sabotaging, and counter productive protective parenting.
  • Recognize ten parental alienation fallacies that compromise clinical decision making, and discuss transference and countertransference issues when serving a clinical role in a case with a polarized child.
  • Gain an evaluative framework by which to approach and discuss resist-refuse cases, and recognize all of the domains in the family system that require evaluation.
  • Understand appropriate systemic intervention strategies and techniques in these cases and risk management considerations.

Workshop Description:

You don’t have to be a child custody evaluator to find yourself pulled into a polarized family system. Attachments, alignments and enmeshments have all been a part of evaluating families from a systems perspective. This framework is especially important following high conflict divorce proceedings when children may be aligned with one parent or resisting contact with another parent. Formerly known as “alienation cases,” these cases are now referred to as “resist/refuse” cases. This change in terminology reflects a shift from a blame-focused perspective to a solution-focused perspective, emphasizing examination of the entire family system.

Additionally, there must be a shift in focus from diagnoses to dynamics when approaching a case with a polarized child. Clinicians who are only dealing with one family member (e.g., a parent or child in individual therapy) need to be mindful of making assumptions in the absence of contact with the entire family system. This presentation will discuss the shifts in research and treatment approaches to these cases and the current research on the resiliency of youth in high-conflict family systems.

Presented by: Allison B. Hill, J.D., Ph.D.

With a law degree from Villanova University and a doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Dr. Allison Hill is uniquely qualified for forensic clinical practice. Indeed, that is how she spends most of her time in her private practice – working with families in transition, couples in high conflict divorce, and conducting parental fitness and child custody evaluations. Dr. Hill is a member of the Georgia Bar, the Georgia Psychological Association, and is a past board member to the American Psychological Association Society for Family Psychology. Dr. Hill is an adjunct faculty member at Emory School of Medicine, and continues to supervise psychiatry residents and psychology students there. Finally, Dr. Hill serves on the Georgia Psychological Association Ethics Committee.

Dr. Hill’s practice includes individual therapy for children, adults and families, child custody evaluations, parental fitness evaluations, reunification therapy, parent coordination and co-parenting counseling. She also works as a consultant for individuals in high conflict divorce.

When she isn’t working, she is often found running after her two toddlers, playing tennis or getting outside. It is best when all three (sort of) happen at the same time!

What people are saying about Dr. Hill's workshops:

  • "This was a wonderful training and I am grateful to be able to use Dr. Hill as a resource for clients. Thank you so much." - T.F.F.
  • "Presenter and workshop was very well organized and the presenter knows her stuff! I love her direct and flexible approach to this work." - T.R.
  • "Presented in an organized and concise way. I think you clarified many issues in which most therapists are lost." - J.K.
  • "I enjoyed this workshop. The presenter was well informed, went at a good pace and I liked the use of video to enhance the conversation." - A.N.

5 Core or Related CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours. The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Psychologists: All online webinars (both live/synchronous and on-demand/asynchronous) count the same as live for 2021 (including ethics). Therefore, this workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours. The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022. You may want to consider completing all 40 CEs this year while you have multiple viewing options.
    • Licensed in another state as a Psychologist: The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your specific state rules.
  • Counselors: This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) of Georgia, approval # 2020-12-04-241AW.
    • Georgia Counselors: This workshop satisfies 5 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 5 Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, approval # 081220.
    • Georgia Social Workers: This workshop satisfies 5 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 5 CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, approval #115-2020.
    • Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop satisfies 5 "Core Hours" as an "on-demand/asynchronous" course. For more details about "On-Demand" hours, please see the blue highlighted section below.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the yellow highlighted section below.
  • *Licensed in another state as a Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage & Family Therapist? Most states will accept CEs for Counselors, Social Workers, & MFTs if that workshop has approved status from another state, and this workshop is approved for all three licenses in Georgia. Additionally, we have National Approval for all of our courses through the American Psychological Association (APA).Many states will also accept APA-approved courses, but please check your specific state rules and regulations.
  • The Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists & Ethics: For all Masters Licensed Therapists in Georgia, On-Demand ("Asynchronous") Webinars are allowed to comprise up to 15 hours of the total 35 hours required per renewal period (10 hours of On-Demand are expressly permitted, and the extra 5 would be your optional Independent Study hours). Please see our Live Webinars for more synchronous options if needed. And for details regarding this new rule (Oct 2020) from the Secretary of State, click here.

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