High-Conflict Divorce Part 1:
From Good People Behaving Badly to Personality Disorders

We know that every divorce, no matter how amicable, is likely to involve some conflict. But there’s a difference between a “normal” divorce and a high-conflict divorce. Divorce conflict exists on a wide spectrum from partners who are mean to each other all the way to spouses who steal, threaten or harm.

Early in your coaching relationship, it will be important to assess what level of conflict your client is facing, make sure it is within your comfort zone, and understand how a high-conflict spouse might affect your client’s divorce process.

In Part 1 of this series on High-Conflict Divorce, Debra Doak, DCA Master Educator and author of High-Conflict Divorce for Women, will present:

1. Signs that indicate conflict is escalating beyond the “normal” range
2. How to identify where your own conflict comfort zone is
3. Types of clients and specific coaching goals
4. Impact of high-conflict personalities in divorce
5. The importance of screening for Intimate Partner Violence

As a divorce coach, you have the unique ability to help your client focus on resolution rather than escalation. As they learn to regulate their emotions, set realistic expectations, and be open to settlement solutions, they can de-escalate conflict as well as protect themselves from the fallout of a high-conflict spouse.

High-Conflict Divorce Part 2:

Managing Conflict Through Boundaries, Communication and Documentation

High-conflict divorce might sound intimidating, but the good news is that as long as you stay in your zone and trust your client, you can have a productive coaching relationship.

As a coach you can offer tools to help clients prepare to protect themselves, communicate more effectively and safely, and provide the documentation their attorney needs to present a strong case.

What's Included

Every DCA class includes information you need to hone your coaching skills or grow your practice presented by an industry expert.

  • Watch the recorded version of the live class - same great content!

  • Download handouts and/or instructor slide deck

  • Quiz to check your skills/learning

  • CEU certificate upon completion

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Session focuses on clients’ behaviors, the importance of coaching clients to de- escalate their emotions and make conscious choices rather than counterproductive fear-based decisions. Talking about personalities as a major influencer in divorce outcomes highlights the many opportunities where coaches can truly change the course of divorce resolution.

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