Please note: our consultations are not a legal service, legal advice, nor therapy service or advice. You are always encouraged to seek ongoing consultation with professionals in your geographic area for mutual learning in handling high conflict cases.
If you are a professional, business, government agency, non-profit group or other organization dealing with a problem involving a high-conflict person(s), contact us to schedule a confidential one-on-one consultation for a fee with one of our consultants.
Your consultant will examine the pertinent details of the dispute and provide general information, help you identify patterns of High Conflict Personalities that maybe involved in your case, and suggest general approaches that you may want to consider.
If you are an individual dealing with a high-conflict person in a divorce, workplace or neighbor dispute, contact us to schedule a confidential one-on-one educational consultation for a fee.
Your consultant will provide information about general patterns of behavior, problems to expect and general approaches that may be considered in high-conflict disputes with a high-conflict person.
Your consultant will not provide legal or therapeutic advice about your case, but rather general strategies and approaches that often work well in high-conflict disputes.
to schedule and purchase a consultation.
After your purchase is completed, you will receive an email receipt and we will contact you to schedule a date and time for your consultation. If you have further questions, please visit our FAQ page.
*Due to time constraints, High Conflict Institute cannot provide free consultation services.
What is the difference between LEGAL ADVICE and CONSULTATION?
HCI does not give legal advice. “Legal advice” generally is taking the facts of your situation, applying the law, and then giving you a recommendation as to what you should do. We focus on EDUCATION. Our consultations teach people how to understand the high-conflict person they are dealing with and their way of thinking. It’s not legal advice in the way an attorney representing you would do, but geared toward helping you find skills and strategies to help you get though the case more easily when you have an HCP on the other end. We do welcome clients to have their attorney present for these consults.
What kind of documents should I send and how many?
If you select the option that includes document review time, you are welcome to upload/send as many documents as you wish, but keep in mind that our consultants have only 30 minutes to review them, unless you pay for an additional 30 minutes of review time. It would be beneficial to only send the most relevant documents for your consultation, which may include legal pleadings, communication strings, letters, etc.
Can you refer me to an attorney?
HCI does not keep lists of people who have taken our training seminars and do not currently have a way to verify what they have learned. For these reasons, we cannot make referrals to lawyers, therapists or other professionals. It’s a very personal choice for each person to find someone who is a good fit for them. Finding an attorney is discussed in the book by Bill Eddy, Splitting (Ch. 7) and it also offers tips on how you can help protect yourself in a high-conflict case.
We recommend interviewing 3 or more professionals in your area and then deciding who to work with. You could check with your local Bar Association and ask if they have a recommendation for an attorney adept at handling high-conflict cases—they may have some knowledge of local attorneys.
HCI Consultation Confidentiality Policy
Professional confidentiality is governed by state laws which are somewhat similar across the US. HCI consultants have neither obligations nor protections as Educational Consultants. Mandated reporters are only those specifically set forth in the state laws.
Regarding obligations, for example, California Clinical Social Workers are only mandated to report child abuse and elder abuse when serving in the role of social worker. Lawyers, mediators and consultants are not listed as mandated reporters. When HCI speakers/consultants give an Educational Consultation on general patterns of high-conflict behavior and general methods of dealing with them, we are not mandated reporters and will keep all consultation information confidential, according to our Consultation Agreement, except as described below.
Regarding protections, we will not voluntarily release confidential information. However, because HCI consultants are not serving as lawyers or therapists or mediators, we cannot block proper subpoenas from lawyers and court orders from judges to release written information or to testify in court.
An option in cases where our consultation client has a lawyer, in the lawyer’s discretion, our consultant can be hired directly by the lawyer and therefore have confidentiality under the lawyer’s “work product” privilege for all conversations we have with the lawyer and/or the client.