This workshop will focus on defining gaslighting and identifying when and how it is used in family law cases. The panelists will discuss patterns that are frequently employed by litigants who practice gaslighting and why gaslighting can be a form of intimate partner violence and can rise to the level of child abuse. The panel will also discuss how mental health professionals can assist individuals who are being impacted and traumatized by gaslighting, as well as educate gaslighters about the potentially negative repercussions of continuing that practice. The panel will also address how can counsel respond when her or his client is experiencing or is practicing gaslighting and identify best practices when presenting evidence to the Court.

This workshop was originally presented at the 2023 AFCC-CA Annual Conference.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to define and describe patterns of gaslighting.
  • Attendees will be able to assess for patterns of gaslighting.
  • Attendees will be able to create strategies and remedies to address gaslighting in family law cases.