Considerations in Court-Involved Therapy With Parents

Jay Lebow*, Danielle A. Black

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This article reviews the characteristics of parents involved in the custody and visitation disputes in the legal system, foundations for treating such parents, and an integrative systemic therapy developed to intervene with these families. Parents and children involved in these conflicts are often at risk for a wide variety of problems. The integrative family therapy described utilizes multilevel intervention strategies and techniques drawn from different theoretical models. The article describes a protocol for treatment and set strategies for intervention that are useful for the whole family system, both parents, or only one parent. It is argued that a systemic perspective and linking work at all levels, including the court, is essential in the treatment of these cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-38
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Child Custody
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • court-involved parents
  • therapy for high conflict divorce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Law


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