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Working with Separation and Divorce

By: Abby Petterson, MA, RCC, RP

Mode: On-line synchronous


These two half-day training will introduce participants to some of the issues and challenges working with families as they navigate a separation or divorce. Key training for counsellors, family workers, and other helping professionals gain a professional understanding of the unique challenges working with divorcing families, including:

  • ethical issues and the intersection with family law;
  • interdisciplinary practice challenges, risk of court involvement, importance of consent agreements
  • clinical issues often present in divorcing families using case examples
  • key theoretical frameworks (family systems, attachment theory, trauma informed)
  • awareness of alternative dispute resolutions, process of getting divorced in BC
  • special issues in divorce – IPV, Substance abuse, high conflict personalities, alienation and resist/refusal dynamics – case examples

This is a virtual synchronous training over Zoom, and will include break out room discussions, use of case study, and access to support documents (sample consents, parenting agreements, resource list)

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