Victoria Advanced Retreat Training

© 2011 By Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Last week I had a wonderful 2-day retreat/training experience with 30 highly experienced mental health professionals, lawyers, human resource managers and law enforcement officers. It was a perfect mix of professionals for learning how to deal with high conflict people (HCPs), because we are learning that HCPs often can’t stop themselves - in high-conflict divorces, in the workplace and in communities.

We are learning ways to stop their bad behavior, while bringing out the best in them. We discussed understanding some of the latest brain development research and how abused children and entitled children grow up to be HCPs in today’s society, which is increasingly filled with images of extreme behavior – which children are learning to mirror.

It’s not just one profession’s problem anymore, and this group had some great insight and discussions about how to be more effective. I was particularly gratified that several of those present had been handling New Ways for Families® cases, since I trained them over a year ago in this method.

I also really enjoyed the fact that this was held in a home atmosphere, which helped strengthen the ties of those working in this community.    

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, and mediator. He is the co-founder and Training Director of the High Conflict Institute, a training and consultation firm that trains professionals to deal with high conflict people and situations. He is the author of several books and methods for handling high conflict personalities and high conflict disputes with the most difficult people.