San Francisco Reception

Board member Michèle Bissada at the Harding Gallery

The Harding Gallery at San Francisco’s Union Square hosted the Overcoming Barriers Winter Reception in early December. In attendance at the event were representatives from family law firms and mental health professionals from San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. We were honored to have Dr. Joan Kelly and Dr. Jan Johnston in attendance, two pioneers in the field of divorce and researching its impact on children.

Attendees enjoyed art, food, drink and connecting with other professionals in the field. Outgoing President of the Overcoming Barriers Board, founder and clinician Dr. Matt Sullivan presented on the challenges of working with families experiencing intractable conflict and the effects on their children. Massachusetts based founders Dr. Peggie Ward and Dr. Robin Deutsch presented on the elements of the Overcoming Barriers approach and ongoing work with evaluation and delivery of programs. Overcoming Barriers program staff were also on hand to discuss their experience working at programs.

Thank you event sponsors


Marjorie Slabach Private Judging


Hanson, Crawford & Crum Family Law Group

Lakin Spears, Attorneys at Law

Nachlis & Fink, An Association of Attorneys

Sherrol Cassedy & Matthew Sullivan


Berra, Stross & Wallacker, LLP

Chung & Romano, A Family Law Practice

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, LLP

Robert Simon, Ph.D.

Robin, Ferguson & Kempton, LLP

Seeley & Madigan, LLP

Sideman & Bancroft, LLP

The Suzie Thorn Foundation & Brent Seymour

Transitioning Families

Special thanks to Pug Wine and Peggy Bennington for donating wine for the event.



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