The Future of Family Court: Skills Structure and Less Stress

The Future of Family Court: Skills Structure and Less Stress

by Bill Eddy


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Designed for judicial officers with an emphasis on applying lessons learned from the mental health field to the family court system, especially when working with high-conflict parents. Lawyer, therapist and trainer of judges, Bill Eddy, provides tips on what individual judges can do, rather than recommending sweeping changes in the court system or creating new players in the decision-making process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936268498
Publisher: High Conflict Institute Press
Publication date: 08/12/2012
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the "High Conflict Personality" theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high-conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE Disorders in the Court 1
CHAPTER TWO Setting Limits 17
CHAPTER THREE Structure and Accountability 25
CHAPTER FOUR The Trouble with Making Decisions 29
CHAPTER FIVE Eliminating the Parent Contest 37
CHAPTER SIX Managing High-Conflict Emotions 43
CHAPTER SEVEN Children’s Testimony 49
CHAPTER EIGHT Parenting Coordinators 57
CHAPTER NINE New Ways for Families 61
CHAPTER TEN Pattern Analysis 69
CHAPTER TWELVE Conclusion 83

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