Resources for Dealing with
High Conflict People

For Mental Health Professionals

mhp2The following seminars are intended for all types of mental health professionals – licensed therapists, psychologists, counselors, coaches, parent educators etc. – whether providing clinical services, community-based services, or developing programs for high conflict clients.Contact us to discuss which seminar would be the most appropriate and beneficial for your audience.


Understanding and Managing High Conflict Personality Disorders
New Ways for Families in Separation and Divorce
Managing Personality-Disordered Parents
Working with High Conflict Clients: Ethics and Risk Management

Additional topics

  • The following topics can be incorporated into any seminar:
  • Alienation
  • Ethical issues in high conflict cases
  • Child abuse
  • True and false reports of abuse
  • High conflict personalities and domestic violence
  • Managing self-represented litigants
  • Role of GALs and parenting coordinators

New Ways for Families: Managing High Conflict Clients in Separation & Divorce

New Ways for Families teaches four basic relationship and conflict resolution skills before the major decisions are made. These skills are: flexible thinking, managed emotions, moderate behaviors, and checking yourself (checking yourself by using these skills when new issues arise). These skills are essential to all successful relationships and to resolving conflicts. By offering New Ways counseling or our skills-based New Ways parent education course, mental health professionals can help their clients learn and practice these basic skills in a safe and supportive environment, preparing parties to move forward in the divorce or separation process in a way that is most effective and in the best interest of their children.

The goal is to reduce court appearances and reduce family conflict, thereby reducing the stress and negative impact of divorce on the children. This method is specifically designed to address domestic violence, alienation and other issues as a “gateway” to further treatment. Learn more about the program at Read more about the paradigm shifts inherent in the New Ways program: 4 Key Professional Paradigm Shifts.


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FaultIt’s All Your Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything is Bill Eddy’s book filled with lots of practical methods for handling High Conflict People (HCPs) in any setting, including neighbor disputes, workplace conflicts, family battles, with strangers, etc. HCPs target those close to them and people in positions of authority, so in this book Bill focuses on what to do when YOU are the Target of Blame—and how to avoid or prevent being one for long.

Bill defines the characteristics of HCP behavior and describes Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder and why they drive people to act the way they do. It is organized around 12 Key Tips (5 Do’s and 7 Don’ts), that simplify large concepts into small, easy-to-remember phrases when you’re under the stress of a high conflict dispute. This book is for the general public, so you can give it to anyone.

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splittingDivorce is difficult under the best of circumstances. When your spouse has borderline personality disorder (BPD), narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), or is manipulative, divorcing can be especially complicated. While people with these tendencies may initially appear convincing and even charming to lawyers and judges, you know better-many of these “persuasive blamers” leverage false accusations, attempt to manipulate others, launch verbal and physical attacks, and do everything they can to get their way.

Splitting is your legal and psychological guide to safely navigating a high-conflict divorce from an unpredictable spouse. Written by Bill Eddy, a family lawyer, therapist, and divorce mediator, and Randi Kreger, coauthor of the BPD classic Stop Walking on Eggshells, this book includes all of the critical information you need to work through the process of divorce in an emotionally balanced, productive way.

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