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.


We are currently working on a second online course for Mental Health professionals in collaboration with William James College.  We expect it to be available by June 2020.

In addition in development is a parallel online course for Judges and Attorneys to learn to identify and manage Resist Refuse Dynamics to be available later in the year.


  • 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 has served over 300 mental health professionals since. 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.  FIND MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTER CLICK HERE.              
  • Seminars for Lawyers and Judges: In 2019 OCB began developing a curriculum that could be presented in 1; 3 or 6 hours and presented it live across the US.  It is entitled What to Do When a Child Resists Contact with a Parent. This course is available for live presentation (or on Zoom as needed due to COVID) at locations around the country.  If you are interested in our presenting this course in your location please contact OCB for details.
  • 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 via video or mp3 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].