Introduction to Divorce for Therapists

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Friday, September 23, 2016                 
9:00am - 5:00pm, 7 CE credit hours

Alliant International University ~ San Francisco
1 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Presenters: Stacey Shuster, PhD and Paula M. Lawhon, J.D.

Psychotherapists who work with individuals, couples and families receive extensive training on ways to maintain long-term relationships but very little education about how to work with clients in the midst of separation and divorce. Cllients in this kind of transition are sent directly to attorneys rather than to therapists and attorney-mediators with appropriate expertise and experience with alternative dispute resolution; therefore, families do not receive the support and guidance that they urgently need to navigate this most challenging time.

A psychologist-mediator and an attorney-mediator will co-teach this basic course on multiple aspects of divorce and dissolution, offering needed information and resources to therapists dealing with this complex issue.  Topics addressed include basic legal information about divorce in California, child custody and co-parenting, financial matters, same sex dissolutions and the role therapists can play in this area of clinical practice.

Workshop Goals and Objectives
1. Identify and discuss with their clients basic modalities of divorce processes in California.
2. Provide support, informed guidance and a list of resources to clients going through divorce.
3. Have basic familiarity with California law as it applies to the divorce process, including co-parenting issues and relevant timelines.
4. Have basic familiarity with research on outcomes for children in divorce.
5. Have basic familiarity with issues specific to same-sex dissolution and divorce.