New Ways for Families® Day 2 Training for the Counseling Method -DATE- TBA

New Ways for Families® Day 2 Training for the Counseling Method -DATE- TBA

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Pre-requisite: Day 1 Basic Training via video found online here. If you have not viewed the basic training, please do so prior to joining this Day 2 training.  This will be verified.


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New Ways for Families® Day 2 Training for the Counseling Method

Pre-requisite: Day 1 Basic Training via video found online here. If you have not viewed the basic training, please do so prior to joining this Day 2 training.  This will be verified.

Length of course: 6 hours

Price: $349/$399

Date: TBA- email for details


What You Get With Your Registration:

  • 6 hour training

  • New Ways Professional Guidebook and Parent Workbook set. (print copy will be sent if U.S. address; PDF will be emailed if outside U.S. (if you are outside the U.S. and you would like a paper copy, please email us at - an additional shipping fee is required)

  • License to use New Ways for Families® Counseling program in your practice (renewable annually)

  • Monthly Q & A session with Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

  • Listing as a New Ways for Families® Online Course Coach

After we receive your registration and payment, we will send details for joining the training (we use Zoom for our online trainings) along with any other supplemental materials.  Contact us any time if you have questions: 

Training description:

This is a training for licensed mental health professionals who want to use the New Ways for Families counseling curriculum in their counseling practice. In order to use the New Ways Counseling program, practitioners must be licensed mental health professionals qualified to offer therapy in their jurisdiction.

This training will help professionals learn how to identify, understand, and manage high conflict patterns of behavior. This training will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the New Ways for Families® curriculum and how to implement it in their work with clients.

Following the training, please complete the licensing procedure found on our Licensing page. High Conflict Institute licenses the content to individual professionals to use the New Ways name, curriculum and workbooks in their practice with clients, giving you, the practitioner, permission to use the curriculum in your practice and represent yourself as a New Ways provider. Licensing is annual and is required. The first year's licensing fee is included with this training.

This training is comprehensive, interactive and skill-based and utilizes zoom features to allow attendees to participate in practice exercises. Full participation, including use of video camera and microphone, is required. Stable internet connection is required.

This training is available to professionals worldwide. Please note that examples and the structure of the program assumes a US or Canadian-based court system.

 NOTE: If you want to use New Ways™ but are not a licensed counselor/therapist, please browse the other New Ways program models that are applicable to other professionals and settings. If you're not sure which training you need, please contact

We are unable to offer continuing education credits. 

About New Ways for Families®

New Ways for Families (see short explainer video here) is a short-term method for handling the growing problem of high-conflict families in our divorce courts and out-of-court. It focuses on strengthening personal skills before making long-term decisions. The four big skills include:

  • flexible thinking (including how to make and reasonably respond to proposals)

  • managed emotions (including giving themselves encouraging statements)

  • moderate behaviors (including writing emails that are brief, informative, friendly and firm, or “BIFF”) and

  • checking themselves (rather than blaming others).

New Ways for Families is a relatively new method of teaching parents simple skills to manage conflicts, negotiate decisions, promote respectful communication, encourage themselves in times of stress and co-parent more effectively. We have designed this new method to be simple and repetitive, so that almost all parents can learn these skills and apply them in their lives when dealing with each other, with their children and with anyone. It is designed to save courts time, save parents money, and to protect children as their families re-organize in new ways after a separation or divorce, for married or never-married parents.

This approach was started as a counseling method, which has been tried in several Family Court systems in the United States and Canada. It was then adapted to Collaborative Divorce coaching, pre-mediation coaching, a decision-skills class and eventually into an online course consisting of 12 1-hour sessions. This online course has significantly expanded the number of parents who are learning these skills from hundreds to thousands. However, we have also learned that many parents want and need a more personal approach in combination with the online course. Coaching with the online course may be the best combination.

This method takes a lot of patience for the Coach and a lot of encouragement for the parents. However, it is based on principles that have worked in teaching skills to a wide range of people, including those with serious behavior problems.

It is designed for all parents, but especially to include those who are “high-conflict” or are dealing with a high-conflict co-parent, when other methods often don’t work. This very basic approach seems to reach all parents.

Trainer Bio

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Bill Eddy is an attorney, therapist, mediator, and the Training Director and co-founder of the High Conflict Institute in San Diego, California. Mr. Eddy provides training to professionals worldwide on the subject of managing high-conflict personalities. He has provided seminars to human resource professionals, employee assistance professionals, ombuds, attorneys, mediators, mental health professionals, hospital administrators, college administrators, government agencies, judges, law enforcement, homeowners’ association managers and others. He has presented in over 25 states and 10 countries.

As an attorney, he is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California, where he has represented clients in family court and provided divorce mediation services for over 20 years. Prior to that, he provided psychotherapy for 12 years to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Mr. Eddy is the author of several books, including:

• It’s All Your Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything

• BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People

• High Conflict People in Legal Disputes

• The Future of Family Court

• So, What’s Your Proposal

He taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years. He is currently the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego, California. He is on the part-time faculty at the Pepperdine University School of Law where he teaches the Psychology of Conflict, and on the part-time faculty of the National Judicial College.

He is the developer of the New Ways for Families ® method for potentially high-conflict families, which is being implemented in several family court systems in the United States and Canada. He is also the co-developer of the HCI Pattern Viewer computer method of presenting high conflict behavior and numerous documents in a simple visual format to professionals and the court. He has also developed the New Ways for Mediation® method, which emphasizes a greater role for clients by using simple decision-making skills which are taught and reinforced by the mediator, including through Pre-Mediation Coaching.

He obtained his law degree in 1992 from the University of San Diego, a Master of Social Work degree in 1981 from San Diego State University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1970 from Case Western Reserve University.