What Every Therapist Should Know about Family Law, Family Court, and Divorce Mediation: What You Didn’t Know, that You Didn’t Know

Learn how to be of service to your clients who may be in a divorce proceeding, contemplating divorce, in a relationship with someone who has children from a prior relationship, or facing domestic violence restraining orders by learning about family law, family court, and divorce and family mediation and how legal proceedings unfold, identifying the emotional triggers that inherently exist. The long-range goal is that therapists will have knowledge and comprehension of the legal proceedings that are involved in ending a marriage or handling a custody matter and utilize that knowledge to support the emotional needs of their clients who may be in the legal proceedings of family court. 


Friday, September 15, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
7:00 pm - Registration/Wine & Cheese



4455 Morena Blvd., Ste 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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Members free, non-members $30, students $20

Educational Objective(s)

  • Therapists will gain knowledge of the overall family law legal proceedings in California as it relates to divorce, custody, paternity and other family law issues. Participants will be able to identify the various aspects of family law.
  • Participants will gain knowledge about divorce mediation as a mechanism for reducing conflict in a divorce and be able to comprehend and predict events in the dissolution process that may be a time of high conflict for a family.
  • Participants will be able to identify situations that may be suitable for resolution in divorce mediation including multi-cultural and non-traditional families.
  • Participants will be able to discuss and utilize information about high conflict personalities and explain how divorce mediation can be a successful tool when personality disorders are present.
  • Participants will be able to recognize how divorce mediation can be used in dissolution or custody disputes where domestic violence is an issue.
  • Participants will be able to describe divorce mediation and discuss and distinguish the differences between litigation and mediation and its potential impact on a family unit and children.
  • Participants will be able to identify high conflict events in the legal proceeding and discuss these events with their clients. Participants will be able to prepare clients with this knowledge and assist their clients with emotional tools to reduce confl
  • Participants will have a comprehension of child custody in California and be able to distinguish and explain legal custody and physical custody.
  • Participants will gain knowledge regarding the ethical role of the therapist in a family law mediation regarding the protection of client privilege, confidentiality

Presenter Information

Elisa Kisselburg, CLS-F is a legal specialist in family law, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and divorce mediator with the National Conflict Resolution Center, Divorce Mediation Group, a San Diego non-profit organization. Elisa specializes in complex child custody cases, especially those related to families with high assets and complex business valuations, professional athletes, musicians, and composers. She is a divorce mediator and consults and represents clients in mediation and collaborative divorce. Elisa has a sub-specialty in international custody in which she has negotiated multiple-citizenship custody cases (including those in Islamic marriage contracts with children). She is also trained in the Collaborative Divorce model and has extensive experience in handling domestic violence issues and domestic partnerships.