Back
                  to HealthyParent.com



back to HealthyParent.com
About Dr. Garber
About office policies
new
                        patient forms
Directions


Discover Dr. Garber's
                      cathartics


Repairing the polarized family:
Balancing the child's needs, the court's orders,
and your liability




Psychology and the law don't agree on much, but both fields assert that children must have the opportunity to make and maintain a healthy relationship with both of their parents.

What do we do when children have taken sides in their parents' selfish wars? This presentation puts the conflicted family system center stage, examines the needs of the polarized child, and introduces cutting edge new ways to approach "reunification" and "reconciliation" interventions.


Contact Dr. Garber
Clinical services
court-related (forensic) services
Go to FamilyLawConsulting.org
Learn about Dr. Garber's training
                        opportunities
Access Dr. Garber's publications
Find up-to-date
                      information









top of page 

Repairing the polarized family:
Balancing the child's needs, the court's orders,
and your liability

When families conflict, children become caught in the middle. Some become polarized, allied with one parent and rejecting the other. Courts are more and more often ordering "reunification" therapies for these families, well-intended but often ill-informed and one-sided interventions doomed to failure.

This full-day, interactive and dynamic presentation emphasizes the family as a system in need of balance. Interventions that seek to repair the child's relationship with one parent must simultaneously respond to the needs of other other parent-child pair as well as the co-parenting subsystem. 

Dr. Garber's landmark 2015 article introducing cognitive behavioral methods to this process is emphasized. Participants leave with new methods and very specific tools suited specifically to the polarized child's needs.


Click on the projector icon to view
a brief PowerPoint clip


Access the video clip













read more here









"The Healthy Parent's ABCs"
"Keeping Kids Out Of The MIddle"
"Holding Tight/Letting Go"
"Developmental Psychology For Family
                        Law Professionals"




"Roadmap to the Parenting Plan Workbook"



top of page