Resistance, Refusal and the Child's Brain

Course Description

This 1-hour on demand training looks at research that helps explain what may be going on in a child’s brain as a child becomes resistant to seeing a parent in separation and divorce. 

From neurons and developing synapses to emotional intensity and repetition, it addresses several questions that mystify professionals and parents alike in the area of alienation, estrangement, resistance and refusal:

  1. Why does alienation and realistic estrangement look so similar on the surface?
  2. Why does resistance and refusal usually take hold between ages 9 and 13?
  3. Why are an alienated child’s reasons for rejecting a parent so lame or minor?
  4. Why is the child’s view of a rejected parent so pure rather than having some ambivalence?

What You Get

  • 60-minute video course
  • PowerPoint PDF
  • Certificate of Attendance

Instructor: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the High Conflict Institute in San Diego, California. He pioneered the High Conflict Personality Theory (HCP) and has become an expert on managing disputes involving people with high conflict personalities. He was the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center for 15 years, a Certified Family Law Specialist lawyer representing clients in family court for 15 years, and a licensed clinical social worker therapist with twelve years’ experience.

He serves on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law in California and is a Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Newcastle Law School in Australia. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 30 U.S. states and 10 countries.

He is the author or co-author of twenty books and has a popular blog on the Psychology Today website with millions of views.

Continuing Legal Education

This course is equal to 1.0 hour. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the course, which can be submitted to your licensure board (check with your licensure board's requirements regarding online courses).

Getting Started

After you complete your purchase on this page, you will set up your login credentials and immediately begin the course. 


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$47.00 USD

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