| Understanding the Psychological Aspects of Divorce
Please Note: This course has already
Date: Thursday, December 02, 2004
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Individual dynamics, family disorganization, the developmental needs of children, degree of conflict, and roller-coaster emotions all impact the work done by these professionals and are in turn impacted by how the professionals intervene.
This course, presented over three Thursday evenings, will help build a comprehensive knowledge base and broadened perspective for participants. By being more informed, all who work with divorce in the legal system or the consulting office can more wisely apply their professional skills while helping the families who experience divorce to be less damaged by it.
PART I - Thursday, November 4, 5-8:30 p.m.
The effects of divorce on adults
The effects of divorce on children
- An integrated review of the research
- Family dynamics
- An integrated review of the literature
- Child development, developmental stages, special needs, attachment to both parents (emphasis on fathers)
PART II - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 5-8:30 p.m. Key elements of a developmentally meaningful parenting plan
How level of conflict vs. cooperation affects parenting plans
- How plans should child development/special needs
- How should plans change as the child’s needs change
- What is really in the best interests of the child
- How high conflict divorces are different
- Why lawyers have difficulty managing high conflict divorce
- Roles (and traps) for GALs
- Alternative models of divorce
- How mental health professionals can be helpful
PART III - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 5-8:30 p.m. How and why divorcing individuals’ needs and behavior clash with the legal system
- When emotional and relational crises meet rules of reason
- Attorney management of highly emotional & difficult clients
- How to make a successful mental health referral
COURSE FACULTY Patricia Arroyo, Ph.D., Private Practice, Boston, MA
Sharon Gordetsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics: Tufts NEMC, Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center
Sanford Portnoy, Ph.D., Director, The Center for the Study of Psychology and Divorce
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
COURSE MATERIALS Reference materials, sample documents and information from all three sessions will comprise the course material handbook. The bound book will be in the 8.5 x 11 format and will be distributed on the first night of the course.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Tuition is $249; $199 attorneys admitted to the bar since 2001, or $99 per individual session. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please submit a written request via fax 617-305-3099.
Space is limited. Registrations at the door are welcome, but please register in advance to reserve a set and your written course materials or call to confirm space availability.
Written requests for cancellations received via fax or email 24 hours prior to the program will be granted a refund, minus a $15 charge. If you cannot attend, you can send a substitute, otherwise you will receive the written course materials.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Approved for CLE Credit in NY, RI, NH, VT & ME. Understanding the Psychological Aspects of Divorce is approved for 10 CE credits for psychologists. Each session is approved for 3 GAL Category F credits and 4.0 CAFL Credits.
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