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Constructive Uncoupling SIG: Uncoupling: From High Conflict to Conscious

April 8, 2017 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Uncoupling: From High Conflict to Conscious
Katherine Woodward Thomas, LMFT and Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

In this day-long event, Katherine Woodward Thomas, LMFT, NY Times best-selling author of Conscious Uncoupling, and Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., author, president and co-founder of High Conflict Institute, will share their unique perspectives working with uncoupling clients who span the spectrum from “conscious” to “high conflict.” While some divorcing/separating couples are able to “consciously uncouple,” honoring their time together and protecting the family they created from unnecessary trauma, others engage in “high conflict” behavior escalating every negotiation into a virtual war, taking as hostages, their children, finances and mental health. How can therapists, mediators and family lawyers encourage their clients to “consciously uncouple” or, when this is not possible, constructively intervene when their clients engage in “high conflict” behavior?

Course Objectives

  • Identify clients’ negative emotions from a breakup such as hatred, rage, and despair.
  • Demonstrate ways to guide clients to reframe these negative emotional responses into constructive drivers of positive change.
  • Demonstrate how non-shaming self-reflection increases clients’ capacity to create happier, healthier experiences of love moving forward.
  • Describe techniques to help separating couples minimize toxic emotional residue and wipe the slate clean of past betrayals and hurts.
  • Apply a brain-based method for calming high-conflict client emotions when uncoupling.
  • Explain a 3-step method for parents to make proposals to resolve family conflicts.
  • Describe the four basic skills of the New Ways for Families method of divorce counseling.

Katherine Woodward Thomas, LMFT

Katherine Woodward Thomas, M.A., LMFT, is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After, and the national bestseller, Calling in “The One:” 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life. She is a licensed psychotherapist and a teacher to hundreds of thousands of people in her virtual and in-person learning communities. To date, Katherine has trained and certified hundreds of Conscious Uncoupling and Calling in “The One” Coaches in her highly-acclaimed and effective coaching methods. Her websites are: and



Bill Eddy,
LCSW, Esq.

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., is a lawyer (Certified Family Law Specialist in California), therapist, mediator and President of High Conflict Institute. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he provided child and family counseling in hospitals and clinics as an LCSW. Part-time faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law, and National Judicial College, he also presents nationally and internationally to professionals on managing high conflict personalities. Author of High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, and SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder, he developed the New Ways for Families short-term counseling program used in several family court jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada. His website is:


The first 100 people to register for “Uncoupling: From High Conflict to Conscious,” will receive a free ebook copy of Katherine Woodward Thomas, MFT’s NY Times bestselling book: Conscious Uncoupling.

Register now to take advantage of this wonderful offer!

Event Details:

When Saturday, April 8, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
begins at 8:30 am.
Lunch is from 11:45 am-12:55 pm on your own. There are many restaurants within a 5-minute walk of Ken Edwards Center.
After lunch the presentation will resume promptly at 1:00 pm.

Where:Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking:City of Santa Monica Parking Structures and
Metered Street Parking are available nearby

Cost:$85 for LA-CAMFT Members and any CAMFT Chapter Member
$95 for Non-members or State CAMFT Member Only
$10 for Additional Non-member

5.5 CEUs provided

Seating is Limited. Register Online for a Quick & Easy Check-In

LA-CAMFT is CAMFT Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Course Organizer: Victoria Goldfarb, JD, M.S., LMFT,

To receive CE certificate: Participants must sign in/sign out, and must complete an evaluation form upon course completion.
For a Course Schedule, or for anyone requiring accommodations for special needs, please contact Course Organizer.

Refund policy: 48-hour notice, and a $5.00 refund administrative cost; for an ‘emergency exception,’ contact Course Organizer.

Grievance policy: Program Administrator will acknowledge grievance, investigate and remedy grievance. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact: Program Administrator, Valerie “Billie” Klayman, LMFT at

MCLE Credit: An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California. We are hopeful that it will be approved. However, the State Bar of California requires this language pending approval.


April 8, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Victoria Goldfarb


Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401 United States