Intensive Immersion Training


Immersion Training took place in December 2015

Family Intensive Intervention

A specialized and unique program for clinicians working with post-separation problems where children resist contact with a parent.  Legal professionals who are interested in attending this training, please contact Dr. Peggie Ward at [email protected] for more information.

December 3 & 4, 2015

Dex Media Hotel and Conference Center

(Conveniently located on the grounds of the Dallas, Texas airport)


Follow a family role-play throughout two days of an intensive family intervention with real time guiding narrative provided by the training director. Training also includes small group discussions with the Overcoming Barriers training team that includes the Overcoming Barriers founders and innovators:

Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., ABPP (scroll down to bottom of page for bio)

Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych (scroll down to bottom of page for bio)

Peggie Ward, Ph.D. (scroll down to bottom of page for bio)

Mental health professionals face significant challenges trying to assist families when a child is resisting contact with a parent after separation/divorce.

This 20 hour immersion training offers an exciting and innovative training experience using actors role playing a typical family. Through a unique combination of advance webinars, both prior to and after the live training, observation of the live intervention with the “family” and debriefing time with the training team, trainees will learn the nuts and bolts of the intensive whole family intervention from intake and contracting, through multiple clinical interventions to aftercare planning.

The training team, all members of the Overcoming Barriers Board, are experienced Clinical Psychologists and educators with decades of experience working with High Conflict families and present and publish nationally and internationally.

Continuing Education

Calvert Partners LogoContinuing education will be offered to participants through our training co-sponsor Calvert Partners, PLLC.

Calvert Partners, PLLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Calvert Partners, PLLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  More info on Calvert Partners here at their website.

Pre- Program Preparation:

Webinars and Family Intake Information/Case Study will be made available on November 1st.  Please plan to allow approximately 4 hours to review information provided prior to attendance.

Arrival and Departure:

Training begins at 8:30am on Thursday, December 3.

(Registration opens at 7:30 am)

Friday night there will be a final roundtable discussion and Q & A session.

Registration, Cancellation Policy and Payment 

Early bird registration by September 15th – $1,750*

General registration: September 15th – November 1st November 24th – $1,950*

Registration includes comprehensive materials & resource package, advance webinars, all meals and snacks.  Travel and accommodation are not included. Hotel rooms are available for $99/day + tax.

*Reduction of $100 per registration for “teams” of two or more.

A “team” is comprised of trainees from the same jurisdiction who register together and attend as a group.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Refund less $200.00 administrative fee with written notice of withdrawal received no later than November 1st.  No refunds after November 1st.  Substitution of registrant is permitted.

Click here to access registration form.


By check payable to Overcoming Barriers

Overcoming Barriers, 417 Tasso Street
, Palo Alto, CA 94301 

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Presenter Bio’s

Robin M. Deutsch, PhD

Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, is a psychologist and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP).  She is the former director of Forensic Services of the Children and the Law Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital where she remains a consultant.  She is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.  As a therapist, consultant, custody evaluator, mediator, and parenting coordinator, her work has focused on the application of child development research to children’s adjustment to divorce and parenting issues, the evaluation of families involved in family change and management of high conflict divorce.  Dr. Deutsch frequently speaks to interdisciplinary groups on complex issues in child custody disputes.  She has provided training for Parenting Coordination throughout the country, Canada and Sweden and has published articles on the effects of high conflict divorce, the evaluation of domestic violence, Parenting Coordination, developmentally appropriate parenting plans, attachment considerations, interventions for alienated children, ethical issues, and adolescent issues.  She is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You (and How to Talk About Them Anyway) (Ballantine, 2005 and 2011).  Dr. Deutsch is a founding member of Overcoming Barriers and is past President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).  She served on the AFCC Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (2005) and the American Psychological Association Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (2011).  Dr. Deutsch is the former Chair of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee (2007) and she is a 2006 recipient of the American Psychological Association Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy.

Visit the Center of Excellence at MSPP’s Website here

Visit the Comprehensive Forensic Associates Website here

Barbara Jo Fidler, PhD

Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., Acc.FM. is a clinical-developmental psychologist who has specialized in the area of separation and divorce for 30 years. She is a co-founder of Family Solutions and maintains an independent practice that includes family mediation, arbitration, individual and couples therapy, consultation and parenting coordination. She provides expert testimony and consultation to other professionals and agencies. Dr. Fidler is co-author of three books: Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact: A Differential Approach For Legal & Mental Health Professionals, Child Custody Assessments, and Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes and is the co-editor of the special issue of the Family Court Review (2010) on alienation. She has published articles on parenting coordination, parent-child contact problems, custody evaluations, parenting plans and interventions with high conflict families. She is a frequent presenter in North America and provides training to judges, lawyers and mental health professionals. Dr. Fidler served on the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) taskforce that developed guidelines for Parenting Coordination and is currently serving on a taskforce of the College of Psychologists of Ontario related to child custody and access related work. Dr. Fidler is past-president of AFCC Ontario.

Visit Barbara’s homepage here

Peggie Ward, PhD

Peggie Ward, PhD, is a clinical-forensic psychologist who has specialized in the areas of child sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, and parent alienation for 30 years. Her work is primarily with very high conflict families pre and post separation and divorce where communication between parents has broken down and the children are struggling. She is co-founder of the Co-Parenting Assessment Center, with branches in Natick MA and Bradenton, FL. Her independent practice focuses on mediation, parenting coordination and reunification therapy, where a child resists contact with a parent. She applies her work in child development research and parental communication and conflict to her mediation and parenting coordination practice. Dr. Ward has held appointments at Tufts Medical School and Harvard Medical School. Prior to establishing the Co-Parenting Assessment Center she was a Senior Clinician in the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital where she supervised post-doctoral fellows, taught in the training program and evaluated a variety of cases dealing with trauma from sexual and physical abuse. Dr. Ward’s primary practice is now located in Bradenton, Florida, where she is a Certified Supreme Court Family Mediator and a Certified Parenting Coordinator.   Dr. Ward was appointed to several interdisciplinary committees in the state of Massachusetts, prior to her move to Florida including the Committee to write the Guardian ad Litem Standards, the Committee to write the Parenting Plan Guidelines and the Committee to create the Model Parenting Plan Guidelines. She also served on the Interdisciplinary Settle Conference committee, which paired an attorney and a psychologist to volunteer in the Courts to attempt to resolve high conflict cases prior to trial. She is an active member of AFCC in MA and in FL and has served on the AFCC MA Board of Directors for 8 years as well as Chaired the AFCC MA Conference committee for many years. She has published articles in the NH Bar Journal and in Family Court Review on the topic of parental alienation. She is a frequent presenter at AFCC International Conferences as well as an invited presenter at Judicial Conferences in MA. Dr. Ward is a founding member of Overcoming Barriers.