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Dealing With High Conflict People In Family Law Cases

Including Those with Narcissistic, Borderline and Sociopath (Antisocial) Personalities

Continuing Legal Education Credits: 7

Course Description

Section 1: Managing High Conflict People in Litigation

You know who they are: Your clients who blame others for everything. Who expect you to work miracles and then are outraged when court doesn't go their way. Who have no boundaries. Who exhibit extreme emotions that are way out of proportion to the issue. These are High Conflict People (HCPs). This course will give you practical techniques for managing these clients - tips you can start using today.

Section 2: Narcissistic HCPs in Family Law Cases—The Arrogant Players of Divorce

Understanding  and Dealing with Narcissistic HCPs in Family Law Cases

This section provides basic information about narcissistic personality disorder, as well as common ways that narcissists manipulate professionals and blame them for their own failures. They often have predictable parenting behavior problems. Their common court and negotiation behaviors will be addressed, as well as ways to spot them early in a case.

Also addressed are ways of managing narcissists as clients and as opposing parties, in family court and in negotiations. The problem of dealing with narcissistic professionals will be included. Case examples will be provided of dealing with narcissists in and out of court.

Section 3: Borderline HCPs in Family Law Cases—Mood Swings & Rage in Divorce

This section provides basic information about borderline personality disorder, including their wide mood swings as clients, their intense rage against former partners, and desperate clinging to their children. They have predictable parenting behavior and frequent custody battles. Their predictable court and negotiation patterns will be addressed, as well as ways to spot them early in a case for better management and outcomes. Hopeful treatments are also be addressed.

Also addressed are ways of managing borderline personalities as clients and as opposing parties, in family court, and in negotiations and mediation. Case examples will be presented of dealing with borderline personalities in and out of court, including abusive behavior and false allegations, as well as handling continuing conflicts after court decisions have been made.

Section 4: Sociopaths HCPs in Family Law Cases—The Con Artists of Divorce

Sociopaths have a drive to dominate others, disregard for the law, lack of remorse and are skilled at lying and conning. They fool professionals on a regular basis, including in family law cases. Learn how to identify, understand and manage them in this course.

This section provides a basic understanding of the dynamics of sociopaths (aka: antisocial personality disorder), why people fall in love with them, why professionals are easily conned by them, their frequent abusive behavior, and the types of false allegations they frequently make against clients and professionals.

Also addressed is managing clients with antisocial traits, dealing with sociopaths as the opposing party, investigating the case, presenting such a case in family court, negotiation and mediation, and protecting yourself when necessary. Case examples are given of dealing with sociopaths in and out of court.

Applicable to attorneys primarily; secondarily to other professionals.

What You Get

  • 7-hour 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 over 4.0 million views.

Continuing Legal Education Credits

This activity qualifies for 7.0 hours non-participatory Continuing Legal Education credits.

Our courses quality for continuing legal education in most states. We are an approved provider in California, and many states accept courses approved in other mandatory reporting states. 

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