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Ethical Dilemmas in High Conflict Divorce and Post-Divorce Families
9/27/2019 - 9/27/2019

Michigan Psychological Association

Ethical Dilemmas in High Conflict Divorce and Post-Divorce Families

Presented by:
Pamela S. Ludolph, PhD
Ben Burgess, MA

 Friday, September 27, 2019
The University Club | 3435 Forest Road | Lansing | MI 48910
Located in the Heritage Room

3 Ethics Continuing Education Credits
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.      Registration

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.      Introductions and opening remarks – Christopher Sterling, Psy.D., MPA Programs Chair

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    Ethical Dilemmas in High Conflict Divorce and Post-Divorce Families -  Dr. Pamela S. Ludolph & Ben Burgess MA                          

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Ethical Dilemmas in High Conflict Divorce and Post-Divorce Families -  Dr. Pamela S. Ludolph & Ben Burgess MA   
Presenter Bio's
Dr. Ludolph holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Toronto, and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. She long served as a faculty member in the Psychology Department of the University of Michigan, and as the Psychological Consultant to the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Her professional interests include child abuse and neglect; high conflict divorce, and shared parenting in divorce. Dr. Ludolph is the author of publications in these areas and frequently has spoken to groups of judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals on these topics. She has practiced as a forensic and clinical psychologist with children, adults, and families, and has provided consultation to the State of Michigan and other professional groups on these matters.

Mr. Burgess received his B.A. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Juvenile Justice from Grand Valley State University, and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. He is the author of a 2017 article in the Michigan Family Law Journal on the converging paradigms of family law attorneys and mental health professionals. He has given many presentations in the areas of Family Law and ethics at Michigan professional groups including the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Family Court Forum. He has often performed mental health and child custody investigations and evaluations for the Michigan Courts. He long worked in Western Michigan as a Child Custody Investigator at the Ottawa County Friend of the Court, and now conducts court involved mental health services at the Fountain Hill Center, including court involved psychotherapy, parent coordination, custody and parenting time evaluations, intimate partner violence assessments, parent-child contact problem assessments, and parenting capacity assessments.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Participants will understand the distinctions between a psychotherapy evaluation and a forensic child custody evaluation, and the responsibilities of the psychologist in each case. 
  2. Participants will understand the dangers to themselves and their client of giving a professional opinion in a legal context about a person they have not adequately evaluated.
  3. Participants will understand the dangers of giving a professional opinion in a divorce matter when the psychologist has been the therapist of a family unit, of one parent, or of the child. 
Continuing Education Credit
Participants in this program are eligible for 3 hours of continuing education credit. The program must be completed in its entirety to qualify for the credit (i.e., partial hours cannot be accommodated.) MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The MPA maintains the responsibility for the program and its content. In accordance with APA rules, those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not qualify for continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations before September 25 will be accepted, minus a $30 processing fee.  No refunds after September 25.
Location: The University Club - Michigan State University, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI

Registration ends on September 25, 2019
There are currently 93 spots remaining out of 120