36-Hour CIT Specialization Course

2023 Training Dates: May 4th, 5th, 6th, 18th, 19th, and 20th

This comprehensive course is designed to equip therapists with the knowledge and skills necessary to work confidently and competently in court-involved cases (think “custody cases”).  Whether you want to specialize in this population or consider yourself a generalist, this course is tailored to therapists like you, who wish to elevate their practice and make a positive impact in their clients’ lives.


What's Included

Quality Training

Training covers best practices guidelines + current research-informed practices.

Sample Forms

Informed consent documents, release of information, & intake questionnaire all yours to use!


Learn effective interventions and therapy structure to support high conflict families.

There's More! This Program Also Includes:

  • Hear from experts in the field, including Dr. Lyn Greenberg, Dr. Dan Pickar, Dr. Rebecca Bailey, Hon. James Bertoli, Traci Carrillo, Esq. and others!
  • Review of all 10 AFCC Guidelines for Court Involved Therapy
  • Extensive training, discussion, and research regarding working with parent-child contact problems
  • Framework for building effective case conceptualizations for complex family systems
  • Nuts + bolts of family therapy, child therapy, and co-parenting therapy
  • Intimate Partner Violence assessment and building protocols for safety
  • Specific clinical interventions for co-parenting counseling, individual therapy (children or adults), and family therapy
  • Co-parenting counseling structure to support parents in solving problems and making decisions for their children
  • Considerations for special needs children and families
  • Anatomy of court orders and custodial evaluations
  • Understanding of the multiple roles in high-conflict families, and how to stay in your lane
  • Review of alternative dispute resolution options for complex families

For a full list of learning objectives, click HERE.

Meet Your Training Team

Dené Carroll, LCSW

Dené Carroll has built her career at the intersection of the law/systems and mental health. For over 12 years she was a social worker for child protective services and now has a private practice specializing in co-parenting counseling, high conflict custody matters, and supporting other professionals doing the same.

Elizabeth Crenshaw, LMFT

Elizabeth Crenshaw is a seasoned therapist with over 26 years of experience. She has started community-based programs, supported families experiencing domestic violence, and been the director of several non-profits. She now focuses her clinical work with high conflict families and supporting other professionals in delivering high quality care to complex families.

With Guest Trainers

Dr. Daniel Pickar

Daniel B. Pickar, PhD, ABPP is board-certified child psychologist who conducts child custody evaluations, mediation, consultation to family law attorneys, and psycho-educational evaluations of children. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of child custody evaluation, mediation, special needs children in divorce, and serves on the editorial board of the Family Court Review. 

Dr. Rebecca Bailey

Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D. is a clinical and child forensic psychologist, Director of Transitioning Families, and co-founder of the Polyvagal Equine Institute. Dr. Bailey’s specialities include abduction, complex family systems, animal assisted therapy, Polyvagal Theory, and the resiliency of individuals and families following traumatic life events.

Dr. Lyn Greenberg

Lyn R. Greenberg, Ph.D., ABPP enjoys an international reputation for her expertise on treatment of court-involved children and families, early intervention, parenting coordination and other specialized services, and teaches frequently in the US and in several international venues. Dr. Greenberg specializes in services to court-involved children and families, addressing the complex and the individual needs of children and parents, in distressed families, including special needs children, those exposed to abuse, intimate partner violence, or disrupted parent child relationships. She is widely published, served on the AFCC Task Force on court-involved therapy, and on the APA working group on high-conflict families with child involvement. She has been recognized by both AFCC and American Psychological Association for her work.

Hon. Louise Bayles-Fightmaster

Louise Bayles-Fightmaster is a retired Superior Court Family Law Commissioner with more than 30 years of dedicated experience. She has made a significant difference for the litigants and courts of California by serving on many State-wide committees. A certified Family-Law Specialist, and a trained mediator, Louise is known for her strong and effective settlement skills, frequently resulting in efficient and cost-effective resolutions to complex problems. Louise is one of the most respected legal minds in California, and her empathy and pragmatic approach is what helped set her apart from the field.

Hon. James Bertoli

Hon. James G. Bertoli is the Supervising Family Law Judge for Sonoma County Superior Court and has been on the bench since 2001.  Judge Bertoli served as faculty for California Judicial Education and Research teaching courtroom management, domestic violence, and family law and has been on the CJER Family Law Curriculum Committee and the CJA Family Law Committee. He teaches at the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy program. He chairs the California Judges Association Judicial Elections Committee.

Traci Carrillo, Esq.

Ms. Carrillo's practice includes all aspects of criminal law, which include representing victims in criminal investigation and criminal court, pursuant to Marsy’s Law.  She has specialized experience in handling sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicide. Ms. Carrillo handles all aspects of family law, with a specialized focus on domestic violence, restraining orders and child custody. She effectively uses her experience as a prosecutor and trial attorney to achieve excellent results on behalf of her clients.

Catherine Conner, Esq.

Catherine Conner specializes in family law with a primary focus on providing couples with options for resolving their disputes respectfully without going to court. The strategies she employs include private judging, mediation, collaborative practice, and settlement counsel. Conflict resolution and information sharing inform everything Catherine does, including her professional activities. As a past President of the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire and a Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, she’s committed to increasing the availability and expertise of professionals who employ alternative dispute resolution.

Shawn Bunyard, Esq.

Shawn is a Sonoma County family law attorney and mediator with extensive experience resolving complex family law issues. Shawn is regarded as a creative problem solver who thinks outside the box in order to provide his mediation and litigation clients the best possible options for solutions. In addition to his mediation and litigation experience, Shawn has completed advanced training in trial advocacy, mediation, conflict resolution, and collaborative law. He is also a Parenting Coordinator and currently sits on several Sonoma County Bar Association committees, including the Family Law Steering Committee, Family Law Rules and Best Practices Committee, and the Family Law Education Committee.

Veronica Pineda, LCSW

Veronica Pineda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is employed as a Family Court Services Mediator with the Sonoma County Superior Court. She is a skilled mediator, assisting parents to come to agreements about their children. Additionally, she provides parenting plan recommendations to the Court when needed. Under her leadership, she helped implement a new 3-Tiered mediation system which has greatly improved the outcomes for parents in the Sonoma County Family Law Court.

Why do I need specialized training on high conflict separation or child custody cases?

Complex Families Are Everywhere. 

Whether you want to “specialize” as a court involved therapist or not, families experiencing a high conflict “custody battle” will find their way into every therapists' office. Many traditional therapy approaches are not only ineffecitve, but they can also make problems worse. This is not to mention the increased professional liability from a myriad of requests. Therapists from every corner need a solid base on how to support families so kids can thrive

Build a Sustainable Practice

Combat burnout by ditching insurance panels, agency bureaucracy, and small paychecks. Stop spinning your wheels chasing unpaid and denied insurance claims. Gain autonomy to deliver services the way you know your clients actually need them. Stop seeing 30++ clients per week, wondering if you are even helpingAnd finally have the emotional and financial bandwith to live the life you love outside the office!

Exciting + Meaningful Work

Experience the excitement and professional fulfillment when families learn the skills to get kids out of the middle of their parents’ conflict. Help parents build a sustainable parenting plan; teach families healthy communication skills as they navigate major life transitions; and create a supportive and healing environment for kids and parents to make important relational repairs. Work with exciting multidisciplinary teams and help parents experience joy in raising kids with two homes.


This course is a good fit if:

  • You tend towards interventions like CBT, motivational interviewing, and solution focused therapy
  • You have strong boundaries and strong ethics
  • You are committed to ongoing education and consultation beyond this course
  • You are highly reflective + have the ability to identify and acknowledge personal biases

2023 Training Dates


Weekend 1

May 4th, 2023: 2 PM to 6:15 PM
May 5th, 2023: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
May 6th, 2023: 9 AM to 5:30 PM

 Weekend 2

May 18th, 2023: 2 PM to 6:15 PM
May 19th, 2023: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
May 20th, 2023: 9 AM to 5:30 PM

**These times include two 15-minute breaks and a one-hour lunch.

In-Person and Virutal Options: The training will take place at Keystone Therapy + Training Services located at 4415 Sonoma Hwy. in Santa Rosa, CA. There is also an option to attend virtually, via zoom.

Fee: $1200


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AFCC-CA (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter) is committed to provide continuing, specialized education for judicial officers, attorneys, and mental health professionals working with family court issues, and serving as a model for nation-wide chapters.

We specialize in providing therapeutic support to people of all ages, identities, and dynamics. We also offer professional development to people who work in the human service and mental health fields. The mission is to cultivate your identity and resiliency through bridging your ability to GROW, CREATE, TRUST and LOVE the components that shape you as the KEYSTONE of your life.

The purpose of the Family Law Section is to provide a forum for family law mediators, practitioners and court-involved professionals to keep each other informed and educated related to news, issues, projects, and trainings that relate to the practice of family law in Sonoma County, as well as to effectively discover and implement ways to improve the practice of Family Law within our county.

Required Text: Evidence-Informed Interventions for Court-Involved Families: Promoting Healthy Coping and Development 

By Lyn R. Greenberg (Editor), Michael A. Saini (Editor), Barbara J. Fidler (Editor)

Evidence-Informed Interventions for Court-Involved Families provides a critical, research-informed analysis of the core factors to consider when developing child-centered approaches to therapy and other family interventions, both in formal treatment settings and in promoting healthy engagement with the other systems and activities critical to children's daily lives.

Addressing common problems, obstacles, and the backdrop of support needed from other professionals or the court, an international team of experts provide chapters covering a variety of service models and drawing on a wealth of relevant research on the legal context, central issues for treatment and other services, and specialized issues such as trauma, family violence, parent-child contact problems, and children with special needs. Offering extensive practical guidance for applying research, understanding its limitations, and matching service plans to families' needs, this book will be an essential resource for all mental health professionals evaluating or providing services to these families, and to the lawyers and judges seeking a better understanding of what works.


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