The traditional adversarial model of resolving family and custody disputes in court with separate battling attorneys does not support the families we strive to help. And although attorneys and mental health professionals have worked side by side for many years in family law and custody cases, more awareness is needed on how the professionals in these different disciplines can enhance their work by mutual collaboration and consultation and lead to better case outcomes for the parents and children. This workshop will focus on overcoming the barriers to more interdisciplinary work in mediated and non-mediated custody cases.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify three benefits to the families and the professionals by combining the expertise of mental health professionals with family law attorneys.
  • Participants will be able to name three detriments to their clients and their families when custody cases proceed without the collaboration of mental health professionals and family law attorneys.
  • Participants will learn and practice additional ways of collaborating between the two disciplines.