Institute on Understanding & Managing High-Conflict Legal Disputes
April 12-13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 4.5 Ethics & 7.5 General CLE Credits CLE # 2018-002 Registration Fee: $295 for both days After April 5: $320 Discounts apply to two-day program Only . Presented By: Megan Hunter Megan Hunter, MBA, is an expert on high-conflict disputes, an author and speaker. She is founder of Unhooked Media, a U.S.-based media company focused on relationship and conflict revolution through print, digital and the spoken word. She is publisher at High Conflict Institute Press and its imprint Unhooked Books. She is co-founder and managing director of the High Conflict Institute along with author and speaker, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. who developed the high-conflict personality theory. Day 1 High conflict disputes are increasing in every legal setting. They often involve one or more people with high-conflict behavior, characterized by: Yet these disputes can generally be managed by understanding high conflict behavior and using skills to manage the dispute that are often different from ordinary conflict resolution methods. There are simple skills you can teach potentially high-conflict clients to help guide them through litigation, negotiation and formal mediation. These skills will help you guide them into reaching a settlement and creating lasting agreements, and you will learn new skills to help you manage their frequent outbursts, unrealistic expectations, desire to win at all costs, and to recognize and mitigate potentially damaging behaviors and actions before they occur. This training will focus on learning and practicing conflict management skills, through lecture, group discussion, video and practice exercises. Lawyers will gain skills and confidence which will assist them in handling any high-conflict situation, whether in litigation, negotiation, formal mediation or other work with potentially high-conflict clients. Day 2 Many high-conflict family law cases involve one or two parents with a personality disorder or traits-and one or more alienated children. This seminar will provide an understanding of five personality disorders and how their frequent all-or-nothing thinking and extreme behaviors can negatively influence their children. Coercive and controlling domestic violence and child abuse are often related to the unmanaged emotions and lack of impulse control of people who may have borderline (emotionally dysregulated) (and some narcissistic) personalities with “hot” reactive anger, and the predatory behavior of antisocial personalities with “cold” calculating anger. Methods of preventing and managing mild, moderate and severe cases of alienation during the litigation process will be presented and discussed. This session will address some considerations in sorting out true and false allegations of alienation and abuse. The problem of confirmatory bias will be presented, professional splitting around these issues, and some personality patterns regarding true and false allegations. Ways in which family law professionals and court procedures can increase or decrease alienation will also be addressed. A new interdisciplinary approach to managing the whole family in separation/divorce cases will be presented and discussed. This approach involves teaching both parents simple self-management skills for managing conflict, then each parent teaches their children these skills. Current family law and mental health perspectives on alienation will be addressed, including a range of management methods for mild, moderate and severe alienation.