UA to host ‘Co-Parenting and High Conflict: Arguing, Alienation and Angst’


Separating previous marital disputes from ongoing parenting responsibilities can be a challenge for professionals who support families and children.

Understanding and managing those conflicts is a main objective for this year’s Families and Communities Seminar, a professional interdisciplinary program sponsored by The University of Akron’s School of Law and Center for Family Studies, and the Akron Bar Association and other community organizations.

The seminar, “Co-Parenting and High Conflict: Arguing, Alienation and Angst,” will be held on Thursday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the C. Blake McDowell Law Center, 150 University Ave., on the UA campus. Continuing Education credit is approved for lawyers, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and family life educators.

Dr. Pamela A. Schulze, director of the Center for Family Studies, says, “The program seeks to provide information about the current state of research and practice in a variety of disciplines, with the end goal of setting a community agenda as to how we can effectively meet the needs of practitioners and families in our community dealing with high-conflict parenting situations.”

Bill Eddy, co-founder and training director of High Conflict Institute, will be the keynote speaker, joining many other local and regional experts and practitioners who work with families and children in high conflict parenting situations. 

“We are hopeful to have an audience of more than 100 professionals, including lawyers, mental health professionals, social service workers and government officials who can learn from each other as to how we can improve our response to high-conflict families in our region,” says Schulze.

Go online to review the agenda and to register; for more information, contact Schulze at 330-972-7725 or email


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