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Matthew Sullivan, PhD

Annual Spring Conference
March 31st and April 1st, 2016

The Terrible Teens:
Problems, Pitfalls and Practical Solutions for Working with Families of Teens Who Have Moved from the Car Seat to the Driver’s Seat

Co-parenting is a difficult task for any parent who is separated or divorced. Co-parenting a teenage child presents a particular set of challenges for these families. Unlike a younger child, the teen has a voice, opinion and the physical capability and resourcefulness to not only make their own decisions but to also put their decisions into motion. Home life for a teen in a separated or divorced family can become tumultuous, unfamiliar, and difficult to manage. Teens are grieving the loss of their sense of “family” while balancing the personal, social, and academic pressures of adolescence. It is no longer just mom and dad making decisions as the child now seeks to and often times forces their own input in the decisions regarding activities, social commitments, academics and parenting time.

The program begins Thursday evening with Dr. Sullivan leading a panel discussion, “Should I Put Mom in Jail?” The panel discussion will focusing on ethical issues facing attorneys, therapists, mediators, GALs, PCs and psychological evaluators face when working with families with difficult teens during litigation and after. The all-day session on Friday answers key questions about enforcement and drafting of parenting plans for teens, dealing with the teen who simply “won’t go”, reunification after a visitation lapse and co-parenting issues specific to families with teens. Participants will gain an understanding of Dr. Sullivan’s methods and work with families, a continuum of methods based on resources, practical issues in creating parenting plans, developing workable reconciliation and managing the teens and issues post-litigation.

ABOUT MATTHEW SULLIVAN, PhD: He is a native northern Californian, who received his A.B. from Stanford University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland in 1985. Since that time, he has been in private practice in Palo Alto, California, specializing in forensic and clinical work in the Family Courts. His full-time private practice focuses on work with families in high-conflict shared custody situations. He serves in a variety of court-related roles, including mediator, co-parent counselor, Parenting Coordinator, and testifying expert and consultant. He has written numerous articles and book chapters, presented and done trainings at national and international venues on topics such as high-conflict divorce, Parenting Coordination, child alienation, mental health consultation in family law cases, Court-involved therapy and Wealth effects on children in child support cases. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody, and currently serves on the executive committee of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) international board of directors and the AFCC California board of directors. He was co-chair of the AFCC task force which developed guidelines for Court-Involved Therapists, and served on the AFCC Task Force on Parenting Coordination, which developed the first practice guidelines for Parenting Coordination. He served on the American Psychological and American Bar Association working group on legal and psychological interventions with children and families. He is the co-founder of Overcoming Barriers, inc., which is a non-profit organization that has developed a variety of innovative programs for high conflict shared custody arrangements. He just published the book, “Overcoming the Co-parenting Trap”, which is available on Amazon.com.

Dr. Sullivan received the 2012 Joseph Drown award for outstanding service to children by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California chapter.

This presentation is for therapists, mediators, evaluators, family law attorneys, guardians ad litem, and judges. Due to space limitations, advance registration recommended.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 31st
8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 1st

St. Louis City Center Hotel
400 South 14th Street, St. Louis 63103

8.1 CLEs for Missouri Attorneys (Pending)
6.75 Continuing Education hours for Psychologists and Missouri Social Worker’s, LPCs and LMFTs (Pending) Meets advanced training requirements for Missouri GALs and mediators

For more information, please contact us at 800-595-9750.

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