Instructor: Robin M. Deutsch, PhD
Parents who are in chronic high conflict pose particular difficulties for the courts, the professionals who are involved with them, and their children. Increasingly, courts are appointing Parenting Coordinators to help reduce parental conflict and protect the children. This 28 hour course provides 28 Continuing Education credits and will examine the role and functions of the Parenting Coordinator and the interventions helpful to reduce conflict and improve coparenting. The course is a blended learning format and spans 4 weeks of online coursework for 13 hours and 15 hours of on-site instruction over a weekend-in-residence.
Mental health practitioners, mediators, attorneys, and other professionals will have the opportunity to expand their practice and skills in this emerging area.
Participants in this intensive program will:
Applicants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare and protection professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in mental health, law, or human services. Participants may take any course alone or choose to take four courses to receive a Certificate in Child and Family Forensics. The Certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work as GALs, evaluators, or parenting coordinators. Current courses include: Child Custody Evaluation, Intimate Partner Violence, Child Maltreatment, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, and Parenting Coordination. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation. In addition, a course in Advanced Parenting Coordination is available for those who have taken basic training in Parenting Coordination