Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA)

Los Angeles Family Law Association Introduces a Timely Training "Dealing with the Challenge of Borderline Personalities in Family Law Matters"


Marina Del Rey, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/30/2019 -- Dealing with the challenges of borderline personalities in family law is the topic for a coming education program Nov. 6, 6-8:30 p.m. at Loyola Law School, 919 Albany St. in Los Angeles.

The program is sponsored by the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association(LACFLA) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). Registration is $45 for non-LACFLA members and $35 for members. Students and faculty from Loyola Law School may attend for free, butmust register.

Professionals attempting to guide a couple through a collaborative divorce often deal with people who have borderline personalities. The Mayo Clinic says, "Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships."

Having a client or dealing with a client who has a relationship with someone with a borderline personality makes everything more difficult. Many professionals involved in mediation and collaborative divorce have come across people like this, but are not sure what to do to.

"On the Border: Dealing with the Challenge of Borderline Personalities in Family Law Matters" brings two mental health professionals and an attorney to a discussion of dealing with these types of people. The presenters are attorney and certified Family Law Specialist Fern TopasSalka, an experienced litigator and now a mediator and collaborative counsel, Vi Ballard, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Nancy Satenberg, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a Ph.D. in clinical Psychology.

"This will be an in-depth discussion of the problems such cases create for attorneys (In litigation, mediation and collaborative cases) as well as mental health and financial professionals. The speakers will provide many practical suggestions for dealing with such clients effectively," said LACFLA President James Hallett. "Our three panelists are experienced and have tips, suggestions and valuable ideas for dealing with borderline personality clients on either side of the table."

The evening is for attorneys, financial professionals and mental health professionals involved with collaborative divorces. The program will center on how to manage the client's disorder and still achieve a peaceful divorce.

Dinner is included with registration. For more information visit the registration page.

The Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association is an interdisciplinary, open organization committed to the collaborative process of solving family conflict within a non-adversarial way, by education professionals and informing families in a more cost efficient, peaceful process.

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association is a non-profit 501 (c) 3, non-profit corporation that offers continuous education, as well as support for success with non-adversarial resolutions utilizing the Collaborative Process. They will guide and support collaborative practice in LA County and coordinates with international, state, and regional collaborative practice organizations.

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