Trainings and Seminars

Overcoming Barriers provides educational seminars, and immersion and online trainings for clinicians, lawyers and judges to aid them in early identification of the complex and challenging dynamics that present in high conflict families and to provide a conceptual foundation for parent-child contact problems and a variety of methods, skills and techniques for addressing them. Overcoming Barriers’ programs for legal and mental health professionals provide those professionals with up-to-date research in the field as well as strategies and skills for working with and helping families in which a child is resisting or refusing contact with a parent.

More details for current and upcoming live and online Trainings and Seminars are posted in the Latest News section of the Website.  Also please sign up to receive our e Newsletters for announcements about our work.

  • Online Training: For Mental Health Professionals:
    High Conflict Coparenting: Interventions for Children’s Alignment and Resistance.  The 28 hour online course is being offered in collaboration with William James College. The course was initially presented beginning in September 2017 and with new sessions in the spring and summer 2018.. It was developed by OCB to provide mental health professionals with the requisite information for working with families in which a child is refusing or resisting contact with a parent.  NEXT SESSION Begins in January 2019 with rolling enrollment.  The session will close in June 2019.


  • Family Camp Immersion Training (Summer 2019): for clinicians working with post-separation problems where children resist contact with a parent.  In this training, clinicians receive direct immersed training in the Overcoming Barriers Approach at Family Camp.  It is an intense educational experience.  Please contact OCB to learn more about this training. APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN. Learn more and apply here.
  • Seminars for Lawyers and Judges: In May 2017, in the San Francisco Bay Area, OCB presented a three (3) hour seminar entitled What to Do When a Child Resists Contact with a Parent. This course is available for live presentation at locations around the country.  If you are interested in our presenting this course in your location please contact OCB for details.  In addition OCB is developing an online version of the same subject matter.
  • Live Seminar for Mental Health Professionals and Custody Evaluators: In October 2017, in collaboration with Alliant University, OCB Board members and Advisory Council members presented an 8 hour course, Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems.  This course is now available online at the Steve Frankel Group here.

“I would like to share my deepest appreciation for the opportunity ALL of you provided last week.  As I reflected during the long trek home, what kept returning to my mind were two thoughts: one about the awesome collection of brain power and national leadership present throughout camp, and two about the value of the true immersion experience for learning – both for the clients and the trainees.”  –  2014 Family Camp Summer Trainee

For information on trainings email us at [email protected].