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Advanced Training for Reunification Therapists

Next Training will begin August 25th, 2022

14 professional development hours towards licensure available

The field of family law is experiencing a shrinking pool of trained therapists willing to work with high conflict families experiencing Resist/Refusal Dynamics. Advanced in-depth trainings to bring new therapists into the field have been lacking.  As seasoned mental health professionals, Susan Fletcher, Ph.D., and Christy Bradshaw Schmidt, LPC, offer this advanced training as a way to be an example to others, not a warning.  

Susan Fletcher, Ph.D. and Christy Bradshaw Schmidt, MA, LPC, are doing something about it. They are sharing their best practices and extensive expert knowledge with other mental health professionals committed to working in this difficult field of practice. Please share this information with your colleagues.

To register contact: or

Participants will learn:

  1. Best practices in providing Reunification Therapy.

  2. The most relevant and creditable literature addressing Resist/Refusal Dynamics and Reunification Therapy.

  3. Advanced skills to use in conducting Reunification Therapy.

  4. Important procedures to adopt and include in your Reunification Therapy initial paperwork.

  5. How conducting Reunification Therapy is different than any other type of therapy.

  6. How to be prepared for testimony, especially cross-examination.

What this training IS

What this training IS NOT

  • 14 hours of deep, advanced content; focused on providing data-driven training with a balance of theory and skills.

  • Limited to 6 therapists to ensure that each participant has the opportunity to fully engage in the discussions. Participants must be fully licensed for at least 5 years.

  • Requires a commitment to attend all training dates, complete assignments, learn the literature, and to learn from others.

  • An investment of $850 for the entire training due in advance of the first meeting to secure a spot.

  • This is not a case consultation opportunity. We will discourage and monitor so no case specific information is discussed to eliminate any conflict for current or future cases. 

  • This is not an opportunity for ongoing supervision.

  • You will not be sitting and listening to a boring power point presentation. We are offering deep content with advanced discussions, with handouts, and relevant articles provided.

  • This is not a training for someone “only interested in possibly doing forensic work.” Reunification Therapy is not for the faint at heart.  This is a training for those committed to the field of family law and working with high conflict families.


Training to be held in West Frisco on the following days:*

  • Thursday, August 25th 12:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Thursday, September 8th 12:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Thursday, September 15th 12:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Thursday, September 22nd 12:30pm - 4:00pm

*Due to COVID restrictions the training may be held by live video conferencing.

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Dr. Susan Fletcher

Dr. Susan Fletcher is a practicing psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with families.  She conducts comprehensive forensic psychological evaluations, provides attorney consultations, forensic reviews of child custody evaluations, and serves as an expert witness. She recently served as a board member for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) and the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC).  Dr. Fletcher is at the forefront of developing and implementing effective reunification therapy for families and has extensive experience training other providers with an approach that is dynamic, enjoyable, and challenging.  Click here for more information about Dr. Fletcher.


Christy Bradshaw Schmidt

Christy Bradshaw Schmidt, MA, LPC, is a child custody evaluator and expert consultant in family law matters.  Her career spans over two decades, and she has served as the Mental Health Liaison to the Family Law Foundation where she helped draft and pass numerous pieces of legislation impacting families.  Ms. Bradshaw Schmidt also serves as an expert witness in many areas, including Resist/Refusal Dynamics.  She is eager to share her expertise to assist committed therapists in developing a practice that is sound and will survive the most difficult cross-examination.  Click here for more information about Ms. Bradshaw Schmidt.

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To register, contact either of us at:   or


Dr. Fletcher and Ms. Bradshaw Schmidt are hopeful that this training can be offered for additional groups in the future. They are eager to develop, grow, and improve this program. Feedback from attorneys and colleagues is welcome.

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