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Working with Separating Parents and Children

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr Phil Watts
Description One of the most common reasons for a referral to a psychologist is the separation of a long term relationship. Clients bring with them a multitude of issues and concerns ranging from depression and adjustment disorder, to seeking advice about what is best for their children. This workshop is designed for clinicians who want to have a working understanding of the separation and divorce process and its impact on adults and children.

Separation is also an area with legal pitfalls for the unwary, so this session is not only about working clinically but being aware of the potential legal issues. Therefore the session will include an overview of the court processes and law, and will include some hints on how to avoid court.

The topics include:

 Know the journey - Separation issues for adults

 Triggers - Adult attachment, pathology, and dynamics

 Helping kids - How children cope with separation and parental conflict

 Dividing lives - Shared care and what's best for children

 When things turn nasty - overview of sexual abuse, DV, and alienation allegations

 Legal mine-field - Family court and legal issues

 Avoiding Complaints - Working ethically and sensibly

This workshop requires no previous training in separation and divorce issues. You are expected to have general clinical skills and common sense.

While Dr Phil works extensively in the Family Court domain, this is not designed to be a forensic skills workshop although the dynamics of the presentation would be helpful to those who work in the legal arena.
About the presenter(s) Dr Phil Watts is a clinical and forensic psychologist who is well known for presenting practical skills training around Australia. This topic is an area Dr Phil is concerned about, having written "shared care or divided lives" and having been appointed by the Family Court in over 850 cases.
Location TAS Metro, Australia
Venue Old Woolstore apartment hotel
1 Macquarie Street, Hobart

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 17 Oct 2013
Time 9 - 4:30
Cost $295
Notes See website for details
Organiser Ogilvie Publishing
Contact Name Phil Watts
Telephone 08 94501618
Fax 08 94508618