Mental Health Issues in Family Mediation

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Tuesday, August 28, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, September 5, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0; CME Credit: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150 regular registration
$135 VSB Family Law Section Member

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Why Attend?

  • Learn about common mental health issues associated with divorce and family conflict
  • Understand the behaviors often associated with these mental issues
  • Discover how to effectively and ethically respond to these issues in family mediation

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

Mediating family conflict can often be treacherous, especially when a mental health issue is involved. Often, the mediation can be hijacked by a party’s mental health issue, preventing progress. This leaves the parties as well as the mediator frustrated and can lead to a partial or complete breakdown of the process.

Understanding the various mental health issues often associated with family mediation and knowing how to navigate through these issues can help attorneys, mediators, and the parties to feel more confident when mediating. When coupled with an understanding of the various standards and statutes governing parties with mental health issues, attorneys and family mediators can work in an effective and ethical manner. This seminar is designed to help attorneys and mediators better serve their clients.

 

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Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (August 28)

12:00 Mental Health Issues in Family Mediation
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 11:30 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (September 5)

12:00 Mental Health Issues in Family Mediation
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Elizabeth Bennett, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Herndon

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1999.  Since 2006, Dr. Bennett has offered specialized services in child custody cases.  She has served as a custody evaluator, parent coordinator, and reunification therapist for many custody litigation cases.  Dr. Bennett has co-authored articles on parenting stress and parent-child relationships. Additionally, she has given presentations on topics related to confidentiality, working with drug-addicted parents, and the role of independent mental health evaluations (IMEs) in court. Dr. Bennett had the unique opportunity to serve as a consulting psychologist to Jane Fonda on book projects related to life-span development for teenagers, parents, and senior citizens. Presently, Dr. Bennett is a Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator and Nationally Certified Parent Coordinator, and she maintains membership with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Brian M. Hirsch, Esquire, Hirsch & Ehlenberger, P.C. / Reston

Brian Hirsch has practiced family law in Northern Virginia since 1985, and is a partner in Hirsch & Ehlenberger, P.C. in Reston.  He graduated from The American University, Washington College of Law in 1985.  Mr. Hirsch is the editor of the Virginia Family Law Quarterly, a past chair of the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a member of The Virginia Bar Association Family Law Coalition.  He is also certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a family mediator, and a frequent speaker on family law and family mediation.  In 2015, he was appointed as a substitute judge for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and co-authored Virginia Family Law Trial Handbook: Pleadings, Evidence, and Strategies (Virginia CLE® 2017).

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