Successful outcomes in work with high-conflict families can be few and far between.  These cases present with unexpected and unique conundrums which can often leave clinicians feeling ill equipped to formulate effective solutions to achieve positive change.  In addition, there may be several clinicians serving the different members or groups within a family system often with little or no case management.  The use of a team of professionals to intervene with high-conflict families can seem a logical and necessary choice.  However, several clinicians working with one family can often lead to confusion and competing goals.

This presentation will offer practical strategies to use in formulating a team approach that can best address the unique needs of each family.  The proposed model provides for a cohesive yet evolving collaborative team approach that allows each clinician the opportunity to feel supported, yet challenged, as the family system’s dynamics begin to express themselves within and between the clinicians.  Brief case examples, simple decision trees and audience participation will provide the participants with effective tools to use with this difficult population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will become aware of the benefits of a team approach to working with High Conflict families
  • Participants will become familiar with strategies to employ early on and ongoing to set and maintain appropriate boundaries in their work with high conflict families
  • Participants will be able to identify and intervene appropriately when confronted with situations that can challenge their neutrality or the cohesiveness of the treatment team.