Serving families of divorce: Bridging the gap between legal and mental health professionals
November 10, 2017
Alabama State Bar Family Law Section and Sparrow Counseling
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Divorce Mediator, Certified Family Life Educator
Domestic cases involving high conflict parents typically involve a variety of factors that require more than a standard approach. Many times, multiple professionals are involved, including legal, mental health, and court-appointed advocates. Legal and mental health professionals often have very different goals in working with these families and it is important that they understand each other’s processes. This six-hour workshop is designed to educate legal and mental health professionals about the abilities, limitations, training and ethical principles of mental health professionals so that court orders can be properly written for Co-Parent Counseling, Parenting Coordination, and Reunification Therapy services. When legal and mental health professionals work together appropriately, the clients (and their children) benefit from the efficiency and effectiveness created by that partnership. Without it, we run the risk that misunderstandings among the professionals will only add to the parties’ already difficult circumstances.
1) Understand the differences and similarities of three high-conflict co-parent interventions: Co-Parent Counseling, Parenting Coordination, and Reunification Therapy
2) Understand training and skills needed for each intervention, as well as possible ethical dilemmas
3) Understand the value of an initial assessment and learn what elements need to be included in a court order for high conflict interventions
Date: November 10, 2017
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Downtown, 250 18th Street South, Birmingham, AL, 35233
Cost: $50 (boxed lunch and snacks included)
CLE/CEU hours: 6 (MHPs must get pre-approval from their Boards)
Meet and Greet cocktail hour: For all workshop participants on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 from 6-8pm sponsored by the Alabama State Family Law Section. Admission to the cocktail reception is a gift or toy for Toys for Tots valued at $25 or more.
Diane Dierks is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been work with families of divorce for more than 20 years. She is the Executive Director of the Center for Navigating Family Change, which provides court-ordered parenting education for divorce and separated parents. She has been teaching divorcing parents for 15 years and during that time has presented to more than 50,000 parents through court-ordered seminars. She is also a divorce mediator, having mediated more than 400 domestic cases in her career. She specializes in working with children whose parents are going through divorce and with co-parents as a counselor and a parenting coordinator. In addition, she works as a reunification therapist, assisting parents whose children are estranged from them due to parental alienation, allegations of child abuse, substance abuse, incarceration, etc. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Eric, and has two adult children and two grandchildren.