Attorney | Therapist | Mediator | Author | Trainer
Special Guest Trainer of New Ways For Mediation: Mediating High Conflict Matters
Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. developed the high conflict personality theory to explain the driving forces behind people who present the most challenging behaviors. He is an expert on managing disputes involving high conflict situations and 5 high conflict personality types, including a subset of those with narcissistic, borderline, antisocial, histrionic, and paranoid personality disorders. He has trained over 200,000 professionals in 10 countries on understanding and managing high conflict disputes, including lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others.
As an attorney, Bill was a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics.
He serves on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law in California and is a Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Newcastle Law School in Australia.
Bill has a popular blog on the Psychology Today website with over 3.5 million views and is the author and co-author of sixteen books (as of 2020) on high conflict personalities, including two award winners (see all books here):
He is also the developer of the New Ways series of methods, including:
For more about Bill visit www.highconflictinstitute.com
Divorce Parenting Expert | Trainer | Author | Coach
Christina McGhee, MSW, is an internationally recognized divorce parenting expert, coach, trainer, and author. In the early part of her career, she was dubbed the “divorce coach” by the UK press, gained worldwide attention for her work with three British families in the Channel 4 documentary “How to Divorce Without Screwing Up Your Children.”
In addition to her work in the US, Christina also played a leading role in developing Parenting After Parting, an educational initiative aimed at providing high-quality, stigma-free support to separating parents throughout England. She has also had the extreme honor of speaking to Members of the Scottish Parliament as an advocate for children of divorce.
Her diverse background and combined experiences have helped her cultivate a unique perspective regarding how family law professionals engage with clients, what it takes to be effective and keep parents focused on their children instead of each other.
Christina currently offers customized training for family lawyers, collaborative professionals, and mediators designed to be interactive, engaging, and thought-provoking. Her programs focus on creating a comfortable space for practicing skills that maximize learning while providing strategies participants can use right away.
Christina also maintains an active coaching practice working with parents by phone. As a coach, she addresses a wide variety of divorce-related challenges, including coparenting in high-conflict situations, minimizing conflict for children, dealing with personality disorders, child rejection/alienation, and late-in-life divorce involving older children.
In addition to training and coaching, Christina has extensive experience developing resources for children of divorce and their parents and has contributed to several media projects as a featured expert, a content consultant, and a writer/producer.
Some of her ventures include writing PARENTING APART: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids, “Coparenting with Purpose,” an online course for separating parents, and most recently being a subject matter expert for the documentary film “SPLIT” and the upcoming sequel to SPLIT.
She has been featured on television, podcast, radio, and in print around the US and abroad. Some places you may have seen her include The Times, Parents Magazine, The Guardian, the Dr. Laura Berman Radio Show/Oprah Network, GMTV, BBC, SKY NEWS, Fox Family, LA Talk Radio, and NYU Doctor Radio.
You can find out more about Christina at www.divorceandchildren.com.
Child Development Specialist | Mediator | Trainer | Author | Coach
Special Guest Trainer of The Voice of the Child
Kathleen Zumpano, MA, MFT works as a child development specialist, mediator and parent coach who has focused her practice on assisting families during and after divorce. She has been providing therapeutic services to children and families for over 15 years. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Graduate School with a degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Children in the Context of Families. She holds two bachelor’s degrees; one in Psychology and the other in Human Development and Family Sciences, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Kathleen’s work history has included working as a Child and Family Advocate, a Treatment Counselor for juveniles in residential treatment facilities and group homes, a Child Development Specialist for county services, and a Child and Family therapist in a community-based agency as well as private practice.
Kathleen has presented at panels and workshops for the last 11 years on a variety of topics related to families and divorce in Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia, including for Lewis & Clark Law School, the Oregon Counseling Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Oregon State Bar Family Law Conference .
Kathleen currently serves on the Oregon Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee’s subgroup on Parent Involvment and Outreach. This group researches and provides guidance to judges, attornesy and other professionals on a variety of topics. Recent projects included birth through three co-parenting guidelines, as well as supervised parenting time. Current project is on resist/refuse dynamics in separation/divorce.
Kathleen is a contributing author in Mosten and Cordover’s 2018 ABA Published book Building Successful Collaborative Law Practice (2018). Kathleen authored a chapter on use of child specialists in collaborative law. She is also a co-author of “Commentary on Interdisciplinary Team Work in Family Law” published in the July 2018 Issue of the Family Court Review