Parental Alienation: An Introduction to Multidimensional Diagnoses

A Live Interactive Webinar Friday April 16th, 2021
12-1 pm Pacific Time/3-4 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Michael Bütz, PhD

1 CE credit hours. For psychologists outside of New York State, CE hours are designated as home study. For all other professionals, Live CE certificates will be provided.

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For those working with families and individuals embroiled in such complex conditions as Parental Alienation or Munchausen’s syndrome by Proxy, coming up with a definitive diagnosis, let alone an effective treatment plan, can be both challenging and perplexing.  In part, this is due to the multiple dynamics involved- the characteristics of the child and each parent, the relationships between the various parties and the influence of social and medical systems on behaviors.

Traditional diagnostic structures such as the DSM-5 and marital and family therapeutic systems’ approaches do not fully capture all of the nuances of these phenomenon.   The concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses more accurately assess these components.

In this introductory webinar, Dr. Michael Bütz will address in basic terms how viewing such challenging phenomenon through new eyes brings more clarity to the diagnosis. This webinar begins with an examination of historical descriptions such as Alignment, Parental Alienation Syndrome, and Alienated Children.  Dr. Bütz will then describe the diagnostic concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses, and how it applies to Parental Alienation.

For those unable to attend, CE credits (though not live) will be available by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation.

Target audience: This course is appropriate for all mental health professionals

Content level: Introductory

 

About the Presenter(s): Michael R. Bütz, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Montana and author of the recently published book Parental Alienation and Factitious Disorder by Proxy Beyond DSM-5 Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses. His work is divided between an emphasis on forensics with Aspen Practice, P.C. and clinical and neurology at St. Vincent Hospital. He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology, recipient of a number of awards from APA’s Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs Division (31) and has held a number of leadership roles in his home state’s association. Although Dr. Bütz’ scholarship has been rather broad, he has published a number of articles in APA’s Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and has been best known for his previous work nonlinear dynamics as the author of Chaos and Complexity: Implications for Psychological Theory and Practice (CRC Press, 1997), as well as coauthor of Strange Attractors: Chaos, Complexity and the Art of Family Therapy (Wiley, 1997) and Clinical Chaos: A Therapist’s Guide to Non-Linear Dynamics and Therapeutic Change (Routledge, 1998).

 

Learning objectives

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to

  • Briefly describe the history and terms used for what is now called Parental Alienation.
  • Explain why the concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses was put forward in 2019.
  • Discuss the basics of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses.
  • Apply the concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses to Parental Alienation.

Course outline

  • Review of the descriptions and history of Parental Alienation.
  • Describe why the concept of Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnoses was put forward.
  • Describe the concepts and workings of an Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnosis.
  • Provide descriptions of the Parental Alienation characteristics and symptoms at each dimension, and how cumulatively this adds up to the pathological dynamic that is described by an Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnosis.
  • Discuss how to identify Parental Alienation as an Interrelated Multidimensional Diagnosis with a proposed two stage diagnostic process.
  • Review the basic concepts described in Parental Alienation, and how to fairly and scientifically consider applying these concepts in a useful stepwise fashion.

Course interaction & system requirements

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the

presentation and participate in instructor-led polls.

Registration for the webinar will be on Zoom. On the day of the webinar, log-in will be available ten minutes before the start. To be eligible for Live CE credits, you must be logged in the entire time. Entry to the webinar will be closed 5 minutes after the scheduled start time.

System requirements:

This webinar will be hosted through Zoom. Upon registration, participants will be provided a link that they can use to access live from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart device. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we recommend you allow yourself 10-15 minutes before the event begins to assure you are able to successfully log in. If you have any difficulties or questions, contact aviva@zurinstitute.com

Fee $25

Course completion & CE info

Course completion requirements: At the end of the webinar, you will be provided a link that allows you to register for the “course” where you will take a post webinar test, complete an evaluation and download your CE certificate.

That link will also be emailed within an hour after the webinar is over. For those wanting to review the webinar, a recording will be included as part of the “course” the day following the webinar. For Live CE credit hours, you will have 30 days following the end of the webinar to login to your account at Zur Institute to complete the post webinar test and evaluation.

If you pay and either miss part of the webinar or are unable to attend: Don’t worry. You can still obtain CE credits (though not live) by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation. You will receive an email notification when the recording is ready for viewing no later than 5 days after the webinar is over.

Our Live Webinars are live and include ample opportunity to interact with the presenters. They qualify as in-person continuing education in most states. Each state sets its own requirements for licensure, including continuing education requirements, to maintain licensure. Questions about CE requirements for state licensure should be directed to your state board.

For psychologists outside of New York State, CE hours are designated as home study. For all other professionals, Live CE certificates will be provided.

CE credits for all other professions including New York licensed psychologists, will be provided by Zur Institute.

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