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Divorce/Family Law CE Program with Panel

Intersection of Psychology and Family Law in the Divorce and Separation Process

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: LACPA Office in Encino
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

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 Program Sponsors LACPA, LevittQuinn, & LACBA




Saturday, June 29, 2019       9:00 AM - 1:00 PM   


Intersection of Psychology and Family Law in the 

Divorce and Separation Process


4.0 CE Credits for Mental Health Professionals 

3.75 Hours of MCLE and LSCLE Credit Hours 


   LACPA Office in Encino  




Panel Includes:                                                                                         Organizers:

Kevin J. Chroman, Esq.             Linda L. Bortell, Psy.D.                        Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D.               

Marlo Van Oorschot, Esq.           Diane M. Goodman, J.D., Ph.D.           Phil Adler, Psy.D.

Judge Aviva K. Bobb (Ret.)       Lyn R. Greenberg, Ph.D., ABPP          Scott Harris, Ph.D.

                                                     Loren M. Hill, Ph.D.

                                                     Karen Shore, Ph.D., ABPP

                                                     Alan Yellin, Ph.D.



Location: LACPA Office in Encino


Program fee includes continental breakfast


LACPA Members $100            LACPA Student Members $60

Non-Members $120                Student Non-Member $75*

*Must submit proof of current student status.


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On-site registration will NOT be available.



This program aims to bring together psychologists, other mental health professionals, and family law attorneys to learn from each other about how to best help families going through divorce and separation. Three interdisciplinary panels will address the needs of families and children in therapy and in the legal process before, during and after the process of separation. Also included will be the increasingly diverse family structures and legal and clinical implications.


This interdisciplinary program aims to bring together psychologists, other mental health professionals and family law attorneys to learn from each other about how to best help families going through divorce and separation. Academic programs of professional psychology tend to overlook this area of expertise and consider it only within the forensic context. However, a great percentage of the population is impacted by divorce, albeit not necessarily a high conflict divorce. The decision to divorce or separate and the impact on children has numerous implications for the entire life span. Three interdisciplinary panels will address the needs of families and children in therapy and in the legal process before, during and after the process of separation. Also included will be the increasingly diverse family structures, including complications of assisted fertility in the LGBT community and legal and clinical implications.


This program will also help increase the visibility of psychologists (and the organization) and their value in the context of family law.


Attendees will be able to:


1. Identify ways in which mental health professionals and family law attorneys can collaborate and work together with an         understanding of legal, ethical and clinical mandates of each profession.


2. Describe the various ways diverse families go through divorce and separation.


3. Assess and describe the impact of divorce on children at different developmental stages, levels of conflict and special needs.


4. Apply how to work effectively in an interdisciplinary context and collaboratively to help families going through the difficult     process of divorce.


Course Outline:


9:00 AM Introduction by Dr. Gitu Bhatia

9:05 - 10 AM The legal and emotional process of divorce.


Kevin Chroman, Esq. Various ways of going through divorce and separation

Linda Bortell, Psy.D. Various roles for psychologists and mental health professionals. Clarifying court involved therapy.

Loren Hill, Ph.D. Training in Forensic Psychology


10:00 - 11:00 AM High Conflict Divorces


Marlo Van Oorschot, Esq. Defining high conflict divorces and what psychologists need to know about these cases.

Alan Yellin, Ph.D. How does one work with such families and attorneys involved in such cases.

Ways to ensure you are covered ethically and legally in working with high conflict families (Informed consent).

Karen Shore, Ph.D., ABPP - Discernment Therapy


11:00 - 11:15 AM Break and Networking


11:15 AM- 12:30 PM Children of Divorce


Diane Goodman, J.D., Ph.D. Assisted fertility and implications in the LGBT community.

Lyn Greenberg, Ph.D. Trauma informed treatments for children.


12:30 - 1:00 PM Discussion and Q &A led by Scott Harris, Ph.D.


Questions will be collected and addressed to any and all panel members.




Judge Aviva K. Bobb (Ret.) is in the private practice of dispute resolution.  She was a judicial officer for 28 years. She served as Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court (1991-1992), and Supervising Judge of the Los Angeles Family Law Courts (2000-2004) and the Los Angeles Probate Courts (2005-2009).  Prior to her judgeship, she was Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services and then Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.


Linda Bortell, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in South Pasadena. She specializes in treating child trauma victims, co-parenting, families and high conflict divorce. She serves as a Parent Coordinator. She, along with another psychologist, developed divorceworks, an app for iphones and android that helps people get through divorce. She is a past chair of the PAC Board of Trustees and is a past president of the LA County Psych Association, the San Gabriel Valley Psych Assn, and the Wright Institute Alumni Association.


Kevin J. Chroman, Esq.,  is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley and has a Masters in English Literature from DePaul University. Kevin Chroman, Esq. is a Loyola Law School graduate (2000), where he won the Mediation Advocacy award as a State-Wide finalist in the Mediation Advocacy Program. After working as a real estate and family law litigator, Kevin has dedicated his practice to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Kevin has been an adjunct professor for five years at Loyola Law School, providing clinical experience to law students, and presently runs the Collaborative Mediation Clinic at Loyola Law School’s Center for Conflict Resolution. 


Diane M. Goodman, J.D., Ph.D., is the owner of the Law and Mediation Office of Diane M. Goodman in Encino. She is a past member of the California State Bar Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) and the past chair of the adoption subcommittee of FLEXCOM. She is also a fellow in and a Past President of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers/Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers. Ms. Goodman regularly mediates dissolutions of marriage, dissolution of domestic partner relationships as well as pre-nuptial agreements. She also handles adoptions and family formation matters including all aspects of assisted reproduction.


Lyn R. Greenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, specializes in work with court-involved children and families.  She provides parenting coordination, consultation, treatment and intervention services to children and families involved with the courts, as well as forensic expert and consultation services to attorneys and training/consultation services to mental health professionals.   Specialty areas include assessment of child abuse allegations, child interviewing, and specialized interventions for complex child custody cases, including those involving children with special needs.She is the lead editor for the just-published edited volume, “Evidence-Informed Interventions for Court-Involved Children and Families.”


Loren M. Hill, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, Certified Autism Specialist and the Department Chair and Director of the Forensic Training Institute in the Clinical Forensic Department at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus. She oversees mental health training, research and community outreach in the area of clinical forensic psychology. Additionally, she works tirelessly to identify and build relationships to provide under served and under-resourced community members with the information about the importance of mental health and mental wellness.


Marlo Van Oorschot, Esq.


Karen Shore, Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica.  She has post-doctoral training in psychoanalysis, group psychotherapy, and marriage and couples therapy.  In addition, she is a Certified as a Therapist and as a Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).  She has also achieved ABPP (American Board of Professional Psychology) in Group Psychology and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP).  Dr. Shore is a Past-President of LACPA (the Los Angeles County Psychological Association) and Past-President of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Dr. Shore has been studying and practicing Discernment Counseling, a protocol for working with Mixed-Agenda Couples, since 2016.  


Alan Yellin, Ph.D.


Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, a written request must be received the Monday before the scheduled date of the program. Refunds will be processed within 30 days. A $35 processing fee is deducted from all refunds. Should it become necessary to cancel a course, those who have registered will be notified in writing, and the full course fee will be refunded.


It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given. 



The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.


Date, location, time, and presenters are subject to change.


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