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Professional Training

​Rules of Estrangement:
Common Reasons for Estrangement, Common Mistakes of Therapists--



8 CE credits available

$149 without CE credits/ $199 for 8 Hours CE credits


and schedule private training  for your office / organization.)


*$199 includes fee for CE credits


This course provides training for healthcare professionals (psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors) who are working with estranged parents or estranged adult children.


The field of psychology has largely ignored the realities of estranged parents and/or children in theory, research, and practice. While healthcare professionals frequently encounter estranged parents and children in their practice, few of these professionals have undergone training (either pre- or post-licensure) that adequately addresses the specificity of the trauma afflicting this population, facilitates clients’ growth, or enhances the likelihood of reconciliation. In fact, many therapists who provide guidance to estranged family members inadvertently worsen the estrangement rather than improve it.

This course will familiarize healthcare professionals with current social science research on the causes of estrangement and the various treatment modalities that are most effective in working with these clients.


It will illuminate:

  • Common mistakes that healthcare professionals make in counseling these clients that tend to perpetuate clients’ feelings of shame and guilt

  • Obstacles that keep clients trapped in painful feelings of rejection, fear, guilt, and anger

  • Best treatment methods for overcoming the trauma that is evoked by the estrangement

  • Best strategies for facilitating a potential reconciliation between parents and adult children

  • Best strategies for addressing common sources of tension, conflict, and estrangement

Teachings in this program are appropriate for a wide range of healthcare professionals. These professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Recite the 5 most common reasons for parental estrangement

  • Demonstrate an awareness of intervention approaches with estranged parents

  • Explain the difference between estrangement and parental alienation

  • List the most common mistakes that therapists make with this population

  • Discuss the cultural changes that make estrangement more likely today

  • Explain best practices if the estranged parent or estranged adult child has mental illness

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

 • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

 • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

 • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

 •For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact   

Dr. Joshua Coleman at or

Barbra Drizin at

 For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at

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"Josh, your trainings are invaluable. With family conflict and estrangement

at epidemic proportions, we are grateful to have a wise and knowledgeable guide."



"Excellent presentation backed up by research and clinical trials.  Time well spent!" CN

"Thank you so much, this training was engaging and exceptionally helpful for an underserved topic." LH

 "Each time I participate I have more clarity and insight. Dr. Coleman verbalizes in clear language what I suspect I am observing and need guide words and phrases for." RE

"Very well organized and presented. The breakout sessions and case discussions enhanced the learning experience. The topic touches many hearts but there are not many subject matter experts with Dr. Coleman’s experiences and expertise. Thank you for this very important work!" MC

"This was very well done and informative. Thank you so much for your work!" PT

"Dr. Coleman expertise and knowledge came across passionately in all his lectures.

There was enough time for feedback and questions, and I would love to participate in another training like that on this subject." YR   

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