About this course

This course provides participants with a framework for assessing and treating families where there is:

  • Chronic conflict between separated parents primarily around the residency of and contact with their children.
  • A long history of chronic litigation and allegations (by each parent) around the quality of parenting provided to the child and ‘parental alienation’
  • A wish to intervene early in order to protect the child and reduce the involvement of the Family Court.

The Harmful impact on children of involvement in such conflict is well documented however, traditional therapy has been found to be largely ineffective and professionals often find themselves stuck having exhausted existing resources with the family having made little or no progress. 

The training is delivered by a specialist team who have developed an innovative conceptual framework drawing on mentalization, systemic and attachment based approaches and is based on the book they have recently published, High conflict parenting post separation: The making and breaking of family ties by Eia Asen and Emma Morris. 








Who is this course suitable for?

The course is appropriate for any professional who works with high-conflict separated parents and their children in legal, social care and health settings, including:

  • Social workers (including Children’s Guardians)
  • Family Therapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychotherapists
Aims of course

By the end of the course participants will gain

  • Understanding of a conceptual framework and guiding principles that they can use for assessing, decision making and treatment planning with families where there is high conflict and disputes between separated parents which is adversely affecting their children
  • An overview of different interventions that can be used to help move families, their networks and professional systems away from polarised narratives about blame, including early interventions, group and individual family based approaches and interventions to re-instate contact between children and parents
  • Support to think about safe and reflective practice when working with entrenched parental conflict
Pre-course recommended reading

Chapter 1 of High conflict parenting post separation: The making and breaking of family ties by Eia Asen and Emma Morris. 

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

3rd October 2023 - 21st November 2023
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 3rd, 17th, and 24th October, 7th, 14th and 21st November
  • 6 half days
  • 13:30-16:30



1st October 2024 - 12th November 2024
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd October, 5th, 12th November 2024
  • 6 half days
  • 13.30 - 16.30



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