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Nov 22, 2019
Family Restructuring Therapy
Facilitated by Dr. Stephen Carter

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PAA Presents


Family Restructuring Therapy

Facilitated by Stephen Carter, Ph.D., R.Psych.


Intended Audience


This workshop is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals who work with separated, divorce 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.


Program Format and Schedule


The program will involve lecture, discussion and time to practice some of the concepts of family restructuring therapy.


Family Restructuring Therapy Overview

Children’s Right is Separated Families

Ethical Issues

Understanding Legal Issues and Court Orders

Therapist Characteristics

High Conflict Parents

Effect of Conflict on Children

Case Set-up

Informed Consent

Family Restructuring Processes – Start to Finish

Communication Processes that Work

Parenting Plans

Working with Children

Reunification Therapy

Report Writing and Communications



Date            Friday 22 November 2019


Time            9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Location     Edmonton, AB






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.


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The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists.  This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit.  Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits.  Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits.  PAA maintains responsibility for the program.




Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by writing to the PAA office.  Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee.  PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

Registration Fees

Early Bird
(by Sep 27, 2019)
Sep 27, 2019
and after
PAA Members & Affiliate Members $200.00 $225.00
PAA Student Members $140.00 $165.00
PAA Provisional Members $140.00 $165.00
Non-Members $265.00 $290.00

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