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MCFM Annual Meeting and Professional Development Workshop (Online)

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MCFM Annual Meeting and
Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
By Zoom videoconference


This 2-hour event includes:

  •  MCFM Annual Meeting and Election chaired by MCFM President Justin Kelsey
  • Professional Development Workshop immediately following -- see full description below


CANCELLATIONS:  If you discover after you register that you will not be able to attend, please let us know ASAP by emailing

WORKSHOP TOPIC:  "Personalities and Conflict:  Moving out of Intractable Conflict"

PRESENTER:  Robin Deutsch, Ph.D., ABPP


As mediators we deal with interpersonal conflicts. However, many of those conflicts are fueled by underlying intrapersonal conflicts. We will explore how intrapersonal  (within self) conflicts may fuel interpersonal (between people) conflicts, and how personality drives the conflict. We will discuss moving out of intractable conflict, applying strategies that deescalate conflict from promoting more complex thinking, taking other perspectives, managing and titrating emotions,  and changing the narrative.   


Dr. Robin Deutsch provides consultation, mediation, parenting coordination and expert witness services in Wellesley, MA.  She is Board certified in Couple and Family Psychology.  She developed and was the director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College where she is currently a Professor in the Clinical Psychology department.  Previously she was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and for over 20 years Director of Training and Forensic Services in the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She developed the Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues at William James College and is a founder of Overcoming Barriers, an organization that provides family-centered services for families in conflict. She has provided trainings in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia on Parenting Coordination, custody evaluations, and issues regarding Intimate Partner Violence and resist-refuse dynamics in families.  She has published extensively on issues related to attachment, alienation, co-parenting after divorce, high conflict divorce, parenting plans, and parenting coordination, and is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: and How to Talk about Them Anyway (Ballantine, 2005, 2011) and co-editor with Abigail Judge of the book Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, Alienation (Oxford, 2016). 

Dr. Deutsch currently serves as Chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) working group to Review Scientific Literature Regarding High Conflict Family Relationships with Child Involvement. She was the 2008-2009 President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and the former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee (2007) and co-authored the AAML Child Centered Residential Guidelines (2015). She is a fellow of APA, 2006 recipient of the American Psychological Association Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy, the 2017 recipient of the Massachusetts Psychological Association Kenneth D. Herman, Ph.D. J.D. Career Contribution Award, and the 2018 recipient of the AFCC John E. Van Duzer Distinguished Service Award.

COST:  No charge to attend the Annual Meeting or Workshop


This virtual event will be powered by Zoom. You must register to attend. Zoom access instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.

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Guests and prospective MCFM members
are always welcome at our workshops!


May 5, 2021 2:00 PM through  4:00 PM