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A two-day training program for legal, mental health, dispute resolution, and other professionals who work with high conflict families.
This two-day program will examine the diagnostic criteria and conflict dynamics of five personality disorders increasingly present in legal disputes: borderline, narcissistic, antisocial, paranoid, and histrionic. Participants will discuss methods of managing clients with these disorders, individually and in joint sessions, including decision-making, mental health treatment of these disorders, and setting limits in courtrooms, mediation, and other settings.
Participants in this two-day training program will learn to:
- Identify diagnostic criteria of personality disorders based on the DSM-5 psychiatric manual. Distinguish between personality disorders and those with only traits of these disorders.
- Identify mental health treatment issues regarding each of the five personality disorders. Recognize unique interpersonal conflict dynamics of each of the five personality disorders. Identify personality disorders or traits as early as possible in legal disputes.
- Manage and set limits on individual clients with a personality disorder or traits. Manage and set limits on parties with such disorders in mediation and negotiation. Present patterns of disordered behavior to decision-makers without a diagnosis.
- Manage and set limits on parties with such disorders in the courtroom. Manage their own stress when working with cases with personality disorders.
About the Presenter
William A. (“Bill”) Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, and mediator. He is the co-founder and training director of the High Conflict Institute based in San Diego, California. Bill provides training on the subject of high-conflict personalities to lawyers, mediators, judges, mental health professionals, and others. He has presented in over 30 states and ten countries. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with 12 years’ experience counseling children, adults, couples, and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. For the past 26 years, he has also been a lawyer, representing clients in family court (as a Certified Family Law Specialist) and providing divorce mediation services. Bill is the author of over a dozen books, including: High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, 2nd Ed.; SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder; and BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People. He is the developer of the New Ways for Families® method for potentially high-conflict families, which is being implemented in several family court systems in the United States and Canada. He is also the developer of the New Ways for Mediation® method, which emphasizes more structure by the mediator and more negotiation skills for the parties.