AFCC Webinars

Not Just Alienation:

May 7, 2019
1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US


Not Just Alienation: Resistance, Rejection, Reintegration, and Realities of Troubled Parent-Child Relationships

Among the most difficult and challenging cases to work with are post separation high conflict families with parent-child contact problems. In this webinar we explain parent-child contact problems from various viewpoints ranging from resistance to estrangement to alienation. Ultimately, success in reintegration of these families includes the children having safe contact with both parents. This webinar will address assessment issues beginning with a screening for safety issues and factors such as the child's strengths and vulnerabilities, prior abuse, maladaptive protective gatekeeping, and misattuned and intrusive parenting practices. Further, treatment strategies will be described as webinar participants are walked through the steps of recognizing past trauma, employing a family systems approach that emphasizes problems and solutions within the coparent relationship, rely on evidence-informed interventions, teach adaptive coping skills, and partner with the court to hold the family accountable to measurable goals.

Massachusetts Parenting Coordinators:  The Probate and Family Court has approved our application for Category V - Parenting Coordination Training Accreditation. The May 7 AFCC Webinar, Not Just Alienation: Resistance, Rejection, Reintegration, and Realities of Troubled Parent-Child Relationships has been approved to meet the CEU requirements for new and renewing Parenting Coordinators who wish to have their name included on the Court’s Category V Parenting Coordination fee-generating appointment list. This webinar credited with 1.0 hour of training. All Category V applicants will need to provide a Certificate of Attendance obtained from AFCC to submit with their application and other required paperwork.

Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, ABPP is a psychologist with masters’ degrees in law and in education. She is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. With twenty-five years of clinical experience, her expertise includes couples counseling and consultation, father involvement, co-parenting, child development, mediation, legal case development for attorneys, mediation, and collaborative divorce. Her scholarly works include numerous professional articles, curricula, chapters, and 3 books focused on couple and co-parental relationships, marriage, and divorce – including Partnership Parenting (2009) written with her husband. She is involved in research projects spanning supporting father involvement group interventions in the U.S. and Canada and the design and evaluation of model ADR programs that help families resolve disputes outside of the adversarial system. In collaborative ventures with colleagues, she has designed a grid for decision-making about young children and overnights and a step-up template for increasing parenting time across the age spectrum.  She is currently the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Leslie Drozd, PhD, is a psychologist in independent practice in Newport Beach, California in clinical and forensic psychology with expertise in family violence, alienation, gatekeeping, child abuse, and substance abuse. She has co-authored a myriad of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in these areas of expertise. She serves as a forensic consultant, expert witness, reviewing expert, and child custody evaluator and as a clinician working with families with resist refuse dynamics. She has served as the editor Journal of Child Custody, AFCC task forces that created the Model Standards of Practice for conducting child custody evaluations and the supplement to those model standards for dealing with intimate partner violence in child custody cases. She has co-written or co-edited books for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Oxford University Press, and Professional Resources Press. She has taught judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals across the country, in Canada, and Europe. She has received AFCC’s John E. Van Duzer Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding contributions and achievements.

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