Rules of Estrangement: Helping Clients and Families in Conflict

This On Demand Training is 3 hours. This webinar was broadcasted live on Friday, March 19, 2021

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Estranged parents are a population in enormous pain. Faced with the loss of contact with adult children and grandchildren, they also experience shame and social isolation where the presumption is that the parent must have done something terrible to cause their own child to turn against them. Indeed, estrangements can occur because the parent behaved in destructive or problematic ways toward their child, either in the past or present. For example when there’s a history of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect; or when the parent is rejecting of the child’s sexual or political orientation. On the other hand, estrangements sometimes occur for reasons that have little to do with parental mistakes. However, regardless of cause, therapists can often make matters worse if they are unaware of common pitfalls working with this population. They need to be able to demonstrate empathy for the adult child’s decision to cut off contact with the parent and understand how that decision impacts the parent’s well-being. 

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to—

  • Describe the 5 most common reasons for parental estrangement
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how to intervene with estranged parents
  • Describe the difference between estrangement and parental alienation
  • Identify the most common mistakes that therapists make with this population
  • Discuss the cultural changes that make estrangement more likely today

Joshua Coleman Ph.D is a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and a Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families. He is author of five books including When Parents Hurt, The Marriage Makeover and the Rules of Estrangement (to be published March 2, 2021). He has written about the family for The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, AEON/PSYCHE, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Shriver Report, Greater Good Magazine and Psychology Today.  Dr. Coleman is frequently contacted by the media for opinions and commentary about changes in the American family. He has been a frequent guest on the Today Show, NPR, The BBC, NYU Psychiatry Radio and has also been featured on Sesame Street, 20/20, Good Morning America, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Broadcasting Company, America Online Coaches, PBS, and numerous news programs for FOX, ABC, CNN, and NBC television. 

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • 5 Most Common Reasons for Parental Estrangement
2nd hour
  • Ten Most Common Mistakes of Therapists
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • New Rules for Parent-Adult Child Relationships

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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