Working with Highly Conflictual Families and Couples

Interpersonal conflict can cause substantial stress on couples, parents and their children, as well as, on the mental health professionals who try to serve these families. This 3-hour workshop will focus on addressing sources and types of conflict, and the strategies mental health professionals can employ to help intact couples, and those that may be divorcing or divorced. Ways to help children in high-conflict families will also be addressed. Additionally, options for managing ethical challenges and other stresses on the clinician will be discussed. This workshop will employ didactic and experiential transformational learning strategies and will be transtheoretical with regard to treatment approach.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify major sources of conflict in families
  2. Describe the impact of conflict on children
  3. Discuss options for reducing conflict when working with couples
  4. Discuss options for reducing conflict when working with divorcing and divorced parents
  5. Describe strategies for addressing ethical challenges when working with high conflict families
  6. List self-care strategies to employ when working with high conflict families
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Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.