• Discount available for PAA Members.

Intended Audience

This primer is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals who work with separated, divorced, or never-married families. Parent Coordinators, Family Lawyers, Mediators, and Judges may also be interested in attending. Provisional Psychologists and Psychology Students are welcome to attend, but this course alone will not be sufficient preparation to do this work.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify the evolution, dynamics and characteristics of a high conflict family.

  • To apply ethical principles, guidelines and standards to work with high conflict families.

  • To learn the theory of Family Restructuring Therapy.

  • To understand the components of, and necessity of, a retainer agreement for Family Restructuring Therapy.

  • To learn and practice applications of Family Restructuring Therapy in building communication and developing a parenting plan, and in working with alienated/estranged children.

  • To examine the components of a parenting plan and the developmental needs of children in high conflict separated families.

  • To review the components of Family Restructuring Therapy related to boundaries and self-care.

  • To understand methods of communication with lawyers and the Court through progress reports.


Stephen Carter, Ph.D.

Dr. Carter works in the area of counselling and assessment with children, teens, adults and families and has been a registered psychologist in Alberta since 1992. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta and has been an Executive Director and Past President of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. Dr. Carter has worked in the area of interventions with high conflict separation and divorces since 1997 and has done numerous presentations on topics regarding high conflict divorces locally, nationally and internationally since 2000. He has also done numerous professional presentations and media interviews on a variety of topics within his area of practice such as parenting, adolescent violence and stress management. Dr. Carter has appeared in Court as an Expert Witness dating back to 1993 regarding children, parenting, families and assessment. Dr. Carter’s first Book “Family Restructuring Therapy” was published in 2011 by the High Conflict Institute.

Cancellation and Refund

Upon purchase, the product will be available for 90 days. Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by email or phone call to the PAA Membership Officer. Cancellations received within 24 hours of registration for the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Cancellations received within 48 hours of registration for the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $35.00 + GST processing fee. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. No refunds will be issued if a CE Certificate has been generated. 

Family Restructuring Therapy

Watch at your own pace! 1-hour primer.