Working with High Conflict Clients in a Child Protection Context

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Parental Alienation

Many workshops dealing with high conflict persons assume the professional is helping to sort things out between two persons, where the professional is a neutral third party helper. But what if the professional is a party to the dispute?

Today I provided a workshop for staff at a child protection agency. In this context, the professional staff is a party to the dispute representing the concerns for the child on behalf of the agency. In some instances, if the parents are separated and the child protection agency also has protection concerns, then the lines of conflict or concern are even more complex. These situations were also represented by some in attendance.
To be productive, the professional must manage one’s own counter-transference while seeking to still be empathetic and responsive to the issues raised by the parents.

Having a better understanding of the complexity of parent issues as well as specific…

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