Two-day Parenting Coordination Training at Alliant San Diego

Two-day Parenting Coordination Training at Alliant San Diego

On April 17 and 18, 2015 the California School of Professional Psychology and Alliant San Diego will host a two-day parenting coordination training program for mediators, custody evaluators, lawyers, judges, therapists and all other professionals who work with separated or divorced parents and their children. This event will be presented by special guest Dr. Matthew Sullivan.

The first day of the training will present a conceptual model of co-parenting work for high conflict co-parents. Disengagement through the structure of the parenting plan and management of communication between co-parents will be presented as the essential components of this parenting coordination model. Dr. Sullivan will present the nuts and bolts of constructing and managing a parallel parenting model including the use of email, shared parenting websites and highly structured parenting coordination sessions. The second day will be geared toward more advanced practitioners. Dr. Sullivan will use case scenarios to present and discuss strategies for successful partnerships with other professionals typically involved in these cases. Participants will work with case vignettes involving children’s resistance to contact with a parent, working with difficult clients and children’s involvement in the parenting coordination process. The last part of the presentation will address professional practice and professional risk management in this complex role.

Dr. Sullivan is a native Californian, who received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland in 1985. Since then, he has been in private practice in Palo Alto, California, specializing in forensic and clinical work in family courts. His full-time private practice focuses on work with families in high-conflict shared custody situations. He serves in a variety of court-related roles, including mediator, co-parent counselor, parenting coordinator, and testifying expert and consultant. For further information about Dr. Sullivan and his services, visit

Event Details


Green Hall, Alliant International University San Diego campus, 10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA


  • Current CSPP-SD students – Free
  • CSPP alumni, adjunct faculty or members of San Diego Family Law Bar Association –  $275 per day or $500 for both days
  • All others: $375 per day or $600 for both days

Continuing Education

CE hours will be available for licensed professionals and students.


For questions and registration, contact Larissa Dizon at (858) 635-4641 or


April 17, 2015
Day 1 – Basic Training

8:30-8:45 Introduction/Orientation

8:45-10:00 Coparenting work: concepts, roles and functions

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Characteristics of high conflict coparenting situations

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Rules and structure in the parenting coordination process – orders, intake, implementing parenting plans

2:00–2:30 Communication between coparents – using the Family Wizard

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:30 Management of coparent engagement, dispute resolution

3:30-4:00 Practicing in cyberspace

April 18, 2015
Day 2 – Advanced parenting coordination training: Managing challenging scenarios

8:30-10:00 Intervening with children’s resistance to contact: Concepts and strategies

10:00-10:15 Break

11:00-12:00 Children’s resistance continued: supporting effective mental health intervention in high conflict shared custody cases

11:30-12:00 12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Keeping cases on track with difficult clients

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:30 Involving children in the parenting coordination process

3:30-4:00 Ten toughest challenges in parenting coordination work