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Mental health professionals experienced working in high-conflict divorce will learn about OCB’s unique psycho-educational and experiential skills building curriculum. Didactic web-based seminars are the first part of this training and will occur in Spring of 2018 leading up to the Family Camp. In the second part of the program trainees will attend Family Camp where they will work day and night with Drs. Abigail Judge and Leslie Drozd observing and analyzing groups, camp activities and family interventions.

Family Camp Immersion Training 2018 – Details

Spring/Early Summer 2018 Web-Based Seminars & Pre-camp reading

The web-based seminars will include pre-recorded video lectures presented by Drs. Robin Deutsch, Peggie Ward and Matthew Sullivan and others (topics listed below), and a question/answer video conference after camp. There will also be assignments of relevant readings on the topic of high-conflict divorce.

Video lecture topics:

  • Introduction to Camp and The Milieu (OCB Staff) – Live
  • Intake Process (Dr. Jack Moran – OCB Family Camp 2018 Clinical Director)
  • Complexities of the Families (Dr. Ward)
  • The “West” Group – the unaligned* parent group (Dr. Sullivan)
  • The “East” Group – the aligned* parent group (Dr. Ward)
  • The “Common Ground” Group – the children’s group (Dr. Deutsch)
  • Mini Interventions (Dr. Deutsch)
*The categories “aligned” and “unaligned” are not always satisfactory in describing parents’ roles and are used here to give a general idea of the topic to be discussed.
Trainees are expected to purchase and read the two Overcoming Barriers publications (both are available from Amazon.com and Unhooked Books) listed below.  Read more about them here.

Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-base interventions
for Resistance, Rejection and Alienation. Published by Oxford University Press and edited by Drs. Abigail Judge and Robin Deutsch.

Overcoming the Coparenting Trap: Essential Parenting Skills when a Child Resists a Parent. by Dr. John Moran, Tyler Sullivan and Dr. Matt Sullivan  (The parents attending family camp are expected to read this also)

2018 High-Conflict Camp Immersion

Dates for program immersion in Vermont:

Trainees should arrive at camp by 3:00 on Sunday July 8th and can leave late on July 14th but preferably early on July 15th. Transportation to and from the Burlington Vermont airport is provided. Food and lodging at camp are also provided. Transportation to and from Vermont is not included. Do not make travel plans until confirmed with OCB staff.

The schedule for the Immersion Training is:

  • Sunday: Arrival, meetings and live training
  • Monday-Saturday: Regular schedule for camp
  • Saturday ad Sunday: Debriefing, discussion of programs moving forward and departure
  • Families arrive and depart July 9 – July 14, 2018

Cost

$3,500 per participant includes web-based seminars & Family Camp immersion/training by Training Staff at Common Ground Center in Vermont. It also includes transportation to and from Burlington, Vermont airport, and food and lodging at Common Ground. (Travel to and from Vermont not included).

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Once you submit an application you will be contacted to review it.  Thank you for your interest!

Training Team

Abigail Judge, Ph.D. Camp Clinical Training Director

Dr. Judge holds a B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology and Creative Writing from Brandeis University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to clinical work with adults, Dr. Judge obtained specialized clinical training in the treatment of children and adolescents in graduate school, where her doctoral research was funded by a fellowship in child psychology from the American Psychological Association. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and she frequently presents at regional and national professional conferences. Dr. Judge divides her time between independent clinical practice and the Massachusetts General Hospital where she is developing a mental health service for individuals and families affected by sexual exploitation, including human trafficking, and other forms of complex interpersonal trauma. Dr. Judge is also a member of the clinical faculty, part time, at Harvard Medical School where she is involved in teaching, consultation and supervision.

Leslie Drozd, Ph.D. Camp Training Staff

Dr. Drozd is a licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child therapist and works clinically with families in the various stages of divorce including coparenting therapy, family therapy, reintegration therapy, and parent coordination.

She has been a child custody evaluator for over 25 years, trains other evaluators, serves as a consultant to attorneys, and as a testifying expert in family law matters. She helped write the Association of Family Conciliation Courts Model Standards for conducting child custody evaluations (2006) and guidelines for parenting plan evaluations involving allegations of domestic violence (2016). She has written a myriad of peer-reviewed articles including Is It Abuse, Alienation, and/or Estrangement (2004) and one due to be released next month in Family Court Review, Adaptive and Maladaptive Gatekeeping Behaviors and Attitudes: Implications for Child Outcomes After Separation and Divorce (2017).

Dr. Drozd was the founding editor of the peer-reviewed international Journal of Child Custody (2004-2013), is currently on the editorial board of FCR, has co-edited books on relocation, psychological testing, and child sexual abuse, and has written chapters on domestic violence, treatment of trauma, alienation, step-up parenting plans, and family therapy with families in which a child resists or refuses contact including a Professional Resource Press Book, Parenting Plan & Child Custody Evaluations: Using Decision Trees to Increase Evaluator Competence & Avoid Preventable Errors (2013) and Oxford University Press books, Parenting Evaluations: Applied Research for Family Court (2012 & 2016). She received the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s John E. Van Duzer distinguished service award in 2013.