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Monica Johns – Healing Children of High Conflict Families: Family-Based Strategies to Improve Emotional and Mental Health


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Monica Johns
5 Hours 33 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 11, 2017


Do you work with children of high-conflict families who are caught in the middle of toxic and never ending parental conflict? These children are torn between both parents and forced to lie or take sides—afraid to love one parent while in the presence of the other. They suffer from fear of abandonment, low self-esteem, self-hatred, and lack of trust. And, they are resentful, depressed, anxious, and angry. Their oppositional behaviors get them into serious trouble, landing them in the juvenile court system. If you are frustrated because your strategies do little to improve your client’s mental and emotional health—look no further!

Join high-conflict family expert Monica Johns, LPC, NCC, and learn concrete family-based strategies that have a positive and immediate impact on these children, including such as:

  • Integrating client-centered techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and Emotional-Focused Therapy into therapy
  • Tools to assess parental alienation behaviors and Hostile Aggressive Parenting
  • Techniques that guide co-parents to move past their toxic hostility, anger, revenge, manipulation, resentment
  • Activities to teach families non-hostile communication, conflict resolution and relationship-building skills
  • Methods to detect and navigate parental and child manipulation and agendas
  • Activities that teach children self-care, resiliency and coping strategies
  • Steps to becoming a successful court-appointed therapist

After this recording, you will be able to evaluate these high conflict families, assess their needs, make recommendations, and educate other professionals on the damage of this never ending conflict. Your new skills will open the door to a new, healthier family structure and improve your clinical success rate!



Illustration of a High Conflict Family (HCF)

  • Long-term impact on children’s mental and emotional health
  • Hostile Aggressive Parenting (HAP)
  • Parental alienation behaviors
  • Parental personality disorders
  • Alienation vs. estrangement vs. justified resistance

Assessment Tools to Measure

  • Strength of the perceived alliance between parents
  • Parents’ ability to cooperate and negotiate with each other
  • Willingness vs. ability

Techniques and Strategies to:

  • Confront family anger, revenge, fear, conflict addiction, grief and embarrassment
  • Detect and navigate parental and/or child manipulation and agendas
  • Explore and challenge a child’s resistance to parental contact
  • Educate parents and child the effects of high-conflict families
  • Diffuse parental conflict while teaching them to remain child-focused
  • Challenge co-parents to make child-focused decisions
  • Overcome strong alliance and internalized false beliefs
  • Manage parental personality disorders
  • Teach coping, self-care and resiliency skills
  • Develop non-hostile communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Promote healthy co-parenting skills and relationship-building skills
  • Eye opening family strategies

Alternative Dispute Resolution as an Intervention

  • Parent Coordinator
  • Co-parent counselor
  • Parenting plans
  • Collaborate with attorneys, schools, social services, guardian ad litems

Family System Approach: A Step-by-Step Process on How To:

  • Conduct a home visit
  • Clean up the boundaries
  • Establish the rules
  • Create safe place
  • Manage family meetings
  • Access needed support systems

Ethical Obligations

  • Confidentiality
  • Emotional abuse and neglect
  • Reporting/involving Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Ethical violations
  • Dual relationships and impartiality
  • Impact of ongoing custody litigation on treatment


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Monica Johns, LPC, NCC, is a high-conflict family expert who has been working with children and families for over 23 years. In her private practice, she works primarily with high conflict families, pre and post separation and divorce, where the co-parenting relationship is destructive and the children are suffering. Her practice includes child, individual, marital, and family therapy with a specialty on high conflict, reunification interventions, parental alienation, and other parent-child contact problems.

Monica’s career began in working with foster care, adoption, and being trained as a forensic interviewer for child abuse, neglect, and sexual assault. She continued her career providing intensive in-home services, drug and alcohol counseling, and mental health crisis counseling for at-risk children and their families. Monica is EAGALA trained and certified to provide equine therapy. She developed an equine therapy program for high conflict families to work with the entire family system to address co-parenting, communication, grief and the newly restructured family. Additionally, she designed a program, For The Children, for co-parents who are overly reliant on the court system to solve their parenting issues.

Monica is an active member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) an international organization designed specifically for judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families experiencing family conflict. She is a Virginia State Qualified Clinical Supervisor, has been trained with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and has been trained by the Supreme Court of Virginia to provide a court ordered co-parenting class.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Monica Johns has an employment relationship with Life Enrichment Services, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Monica Johns has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

Monica Johns – Healing Children of High Conflict Families: Family-Based Strategies to Improve Emotional and Mental Health