Dealing with conflict

Dealing with conflict

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Simon Shattock

Independent Trainer and Family & Systemic Psychotherapist

Dealing with Couples in High Conflict

Training Event for Mediators and Legal Professionals

Aims for the day

This training is designed to re-engage hope for mediators and legal professionals who are trying to help reintroduce stability in couples where conflict has got out of control. I will explore the latest research in the field of systemic practice and other evidenced based methodologies to inform the mediation process through high conflict issues. The impact of conflict with be explored on the attachment styles of the couples. Mental health issues within the individuals and couple system will be explored in depth and how they impact on the conflict. Specific skills and approaches will be learnt to inform the mediator how to intervene when conflict arises. Techniques from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy will be used to help clients stop, think and reflect. I will bring together models from the systemic family therapy and social constructionism field to help consider ways of thinking and intervening to support mediators de-escalate the conflict into more helpful patterns of interaction. I will use a combination of lecturing, video material, role play and case studies.



I am a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Family Therapy. I have significant clinical experience in working with children who have experienced self-harm, eating disorders, conduct disorders, bereavement, trauma and interpersonal issues. I work with children with families coping with the adjustment of divorce and separation and have experience working across different cultures and religions. I have research interest into the impact of separated fathers. I have over 18 years’ experience of working in social care and mental health settings with both children and adults and worked for many years in the NHS in Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I currently also work as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in a Tier 4 adolescent unit Hertfordshire CAMHS as well as in private practice in Wimpole Street, London.  I am a visiting lecturer on a number of different mental health courses at City University, Highgate Counselling Centre and the Tavistock Centre.