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Packet (Materials and Recordings): Healing the Pain of Family Estrangements

General Information

Title: Healing the Pain of Family Estrangements: Best Strategies, Common Pitfalls. A training for Mental Health Professionals.

Presenter: Joshua Coleman, Ph.D.

Fee: $105. Full packet of all materials as well as 2 months access to 6 hours of audiovisual recordings. (not eligible for CE credits).

Packet (Materials and Recordings): Healing the Pain of Family Estrangements

Description

The field of psychology has largely ignored the realities of estranged parents and/or children in theory, research, and practice. While healthcare professionals frequently encounter estranged parents and children in their practice, few of these professionals have undergone training (either pre- or post-licensure) that adequately addresses the specificity of the trauma afflicting this population, facilitates clients’ growth, or enhances the likelihood of reconciliation.

In fact, many therapists who provide guidance to estranged family members inadvertently worsen the estrangement rather than improve it. This course will familiarize healthcare professionals with current social science research on the causes of estrangement and the various treatment modalities that are most effective in working with these clients. It provides training for healthcare professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family counselors) who are interested in learning more about working with estranged parents or estranged adult children.

Instructor

Dr. Coleman is a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and a Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-partisan organization of leading sociologists, historians, psychologists, and demographers dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best practice findings about American families.

He currently writes the Dear Doctor column for Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Think, The Behavioral Scientist, Clinical Psychiatry News, CNN, MarketWatch, the San Francisco Chronicle, Greater Good Magazine, AEON, Huffington Post, Psychology Today and more. He has given talks to the faculties at Harvard, the Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry, Ohio State, and other academic institutions. A frequent guest on the Today Show and NPR he has also been featured on Sesame Street, 20/20, Good Morning America, PBS, America Online Coaches, and numerous news programs for FOX, ABC, CNN, and NBC television.

He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters and has written four books: The Rules of Estrangement (Random House); When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along (HarperCollins) The Marriage Makeover: Finding Happiness in Imperfect Harmony (St. Martin’s Press); The Lazy Husband: How to Get Men to Do More Parenting and Housework (St. Martin’s Press).

He is the co-editor, along with historian Stephanie Coontz of seven online volumes of Unconventional Wisdom: News You Can Use, a compendium of noteworthy research on the contemporary family, gender, sexuality, poverty, and work-family issues.

His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, and Croatian.

Packet (Materials and Recordings): Healing the Pain of Family Estrangements

Objectives

Learning Objectives: At the end of the program, participants will be better able to:

  • Recite the 5 most common reasons for parental estrangement
  • Demonstrate an awareness of intervention approaches with estranged parents
  • Explain the difference between estrangement and parental alienation
  • Explain the most common mistakes that therapists make with this population
  • Discuss the cultural changes that make estrangement more likely today
  • Explain best practices if the estranged parent or estranged adult child has mental illness
  • Explain the role of divorce in raising the risk of estrangement
  • Utilize the best strategies for helping estranged parents cope with the pain of estrangement

CE Information

Continuing Education Credits (5.5) are granted through Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, LMFTs, and LCATs It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

APA 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

 

NBCC 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting PLLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7503. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

 

New York State Social Workers  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0785. 

 

New York State Mental Health Counselors  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0195 

 

New York State Psychology  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0072. 

 

 New York State Marriage Therapy 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0121. 

 

New York State Creative Arts Therapist  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0112. 

References

Coleman, J., Cowan, P. A., & Pape Cowan, C. (2021). Attachment security, divorce, parental estrangement, and reconciliation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships39(3), 778–795. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211046305 

Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Coleman, J., Wang, J., & Yan, J. J. (2023). Mothers’ attributions for estrangement from their adult children. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice12(3), 146–154. https://doi.org/10.1037/cfp0000198 

 

Blake, L., Bland, B., & Imrie, S. (2020). The counseling experiences of individuals who are estranged from a family member. Family Relations, 69(4), 820–831. https://doi.org/10.1111/ fare.12385.

 

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

 

Packet (Materials and Recordings): Healing the Pain of Family Estrangements

Policies

Application Deadline:  March 12, 2024, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable until February 14th. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).

Accessibility

Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level

Introductory

Level of clinician 

Introductory

Accessibility

If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

Our Grievance Policy for trainings is available here

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Packet (Materials and Recordings): Healing the Pain of Family Estrangements

Schedule

March 14, 2024
  • Cultural changes 9AM-945AM
  • Common mistakes of estranged parents 945-10
  • Pathways to estrangement 10-1045
  • Break 1045-11
  • Pathways to estrangement continued 11-12
  • Lunch 12-1
  • Common mistakes of therapists 1-115
  • Therapeutic interview 115-130
  • Sibling and Grandparent Issues 130-145
  • Helping parents write amends letters 145-245
  • Break 245-3
  • Helping adult child complain productively 3-315
  • Handling disrespectful and abusive family members 315-330
  • Healing the pain of estrangement 330-340
  • New Rules for Parent-Adult Child Relations 340-4

Packet (Materials and Recordings): Healing the Pain of Family Estrangements

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