Strategies in Family Law: Personality Disorders and Alienated Children

This course provides an overview of the DSM-5 criteria for five personality disorders which appear frequently in family law and mental health practice.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the DSM-5 criteria for five personality disorders which appear frequently in family law and mental health practice.

This course will help you to protect children from the harm of alienation and high-conflict divorce, boosting their resilience by teaching them to think flexibly, manage their emotions, and moderate their behaviors. We all know breakups can get ugly. But sometimes they can get downright vicious, with badmouthing, brainwashing, and allegations of alienation, child abuse and domestic violence, all leading to nasty custody battles. And when they do, it’s the children who suffer most. During a high-conflict divorce or separation, kids can develop lifelong habits of all-or-nothing thinking, unregulated emotions, and extreme behaviors. Professionals who want to help may unintentionally make things worse, believing everything a parent says or taking sides.

After completion of this training you will understand that people with personality disorders truly believe that forces outside themselves are responsible for all of their problems. You will hear common sentences from them, like:

“It’s the system that’s caused me all these problems.”

“Life is just out to get me. There’s nothing I can do.”

“The universe is so unfair to me. Why me?” 

People with personality disorders lack awareness of:

  • Why they are the way they are How they contribute to their own problems
  • How to change‐‐Aaron Beck (1990) Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders
  • Why they feel upset right now
  • How they affect other people
  • What skills they have that do work

What You Get

  • video training
  • PowerPoint PDF
  • Certificate of Attendance 


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 and is the author or co-author of over 20 books, manuals, and workbooks.

He is co-host of the podcast It's All Your Fault which he co-hosts with Megan Hunter, and he also has a popular blog on the Psychology Today website with millions of views.

Continuing Education

This course is equal to 3.0 hours. 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

 During checkout, you will select a unique password that will enable you to immediately begin the course.


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$141.00 USD