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New Ways for Families: Basic Training

6-hour Training for Family Law Professionals

New Ways for Families is a method for helping families in separation and divorce. It is intended to inoculate families from becoming high-conflict in the court process, and can also help families after court with difficult co-parenting issues.

This Basic Training video is a 6-hour course taught by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., Co-Founder and Training Director of the High Conflict Institute, who developed the method. It includes:

  • Session 1: Fundamentals - Part 1 (90 minutes)
  • Session 2: Fundamentals - Part 2 (90 minutes)
  • Session 3: Handling Domestic Violence & Related Issues - Part 2 (90 minutes)
  • Session 4: Handling Domestic Violence & Related Issues - Part 2 (90 minutes)

How Does New Ways for Families Work?

New Ways for Families is a structured parenting skills method designed to reduce the impact of conflict on children in potentially high-conflict cases. This training is for professionals to understand how the method works.

In practice, New Ways for Families can be used whenever a parent or the court believes one parent needs restricted parenting (supervised, no contact, limited time), at the start of a case or any time a parent requests restricted parenting including after the divorce or separation. This method emphasizes strengthening skills for positive future behavior (new ways), rather than focusing on past negative behavior while still acknowledging it.

Once parents are referred by the court, each parent meets with a trained New Ways for Families counselor individually for six weeks working through the New Ways for Families Parent Workbook; then each parent and the child(ren) meet with a counselor to work through the Parent-Child section of the Workbook. One parent/children on the first week; the other parent/children on the second week; alternating for three weeks. The goal is for both parents and the children to meet together with the counselor on the final week after which the mediation or any negotiations to establish a parenting plan or work out parenting issues can take place more peacefully.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Identify the research basis, goals and practical implications of New Ways for Families in reducing conflict in family law cases.

2. Identify the four steps of New Ways and use an understanding of these steps to improve service delivery to family law clients.

3. Apply skills to focus clients on learning conflict-reducing skills rather than blaming others.

4. Apply cognitive-behavior therapy methods with clients using the Parent Workbooks.

5. Apply family therapy methods with clients in structuring the Parent-Child Counseling.

6. Identify the important structuring role of judicial officers with high-conflict parents and use this understanding to facilitate client’s participation in New Ways.

7. Apply methods of dealing with resistance of high-conflict parents for counselors.

8. Identify the lawyer’s role of guiding clients in making proposals, responding to proposals and making their own lasting decisions in family law matters and use this understanding to create a supportive interdisciplinary approach to service delivery.

9. Apply methods of managing parent decision-making in the alternative dispute resolution processes of mediation, parenting facilitation, collaborative practice and as Guardians ad litem.

10. Recognize the importance of all professionals reinforcing client skills in managing future problems and discuss practical implications of such.


Your Instructor


Bill Eddy, LCSW, ESQ..
Bill Eddy, LCSW, ESQ..
Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and co-founder and Training Director of the High Conflict Institute. He developed the "High Conflict Personality" theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France, UK, Netherlands and Sweden.
As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:
• High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
• 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life
• It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
• SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
• BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns
He is also the developer of the New Ways for Families® method of managing potentially high conflict families in and out of family court, as well as other innovative high-conflict management methods.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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