High conflict typically refers to an individual or relationship that displays one or all of the following four characteristics:
High conflict is not a diagnosis, but rather a description of conflictual behaviors.
A high conflict custody case is defined as involving one or both parents who habitually initiate and escalate the conflict. High conflict characteristics may consist of, but are not limited to, excessive criticism, implied or direct threats of litigation, triangulating children into parent conflict, lack of motivation to negotiate solutions to minor conflicts and/or harassment-type behaviors.
Normally, even when tempers are high, there are a wide variety of conflict-resolution strategies to make things right—or at least fair! Unfortunately, many times these common strategies do not work with high-conflict cases so a different approach is required. An effective approach can only be made by a specially trained high-conflict provider or an ally.
Yes, working with high conflict dynamics is a specialty and providers need to have extensive training in the following areas:
Yes, the HCRC provider should maintain knowledge and familiarity with legal information and issues related to court-involved therapy, including, but not limited to:
The HCRC provider should seek appropriate consultations when issues arise that are outside of their expertise. This can be by obtaining a professional case consultation or can be referring your case to an HCRC ally who specializes in the area necessary to provide you with the best standard of care.
The HCRC provider also utilizes continuing education and professional development resources to maintain current knowledge of issues relevant to court-involved treatment.
The HCRC provider may also gain some of the required knowledge through experience and consultation with colleagues; however, clinical experience should not be a substitute for knowledge of the underlying science, relevant research, legal issues, and standards of best practice.
No, insurance is for medically necessary care and because courts are typically involved in high-conflict custody cases it is no longer considered a medical or therapeutic need but has now become a legal need. As a result, this is an out-of-pocket expense. Rates vary depending on specific services.
HCRC Members have agreed to have fees starting at the following rates:
$150 per month communication monitoring, short text or email communication during business hours only
$250 per hour for therapeutic services (e.g. parent coaching, reunification, etc)
$350 per hour for evaluation services (e.g. BFA, relocation risk assessment, parent fitness evaluation, etc)
$35-$40 per hour supervised visitation (master’s level student or higher)
*Retainer may be requested but cannot exceed the hourly rate listed
Typically a stipulation and order or a court-ordered referral is recommended prior to beginning services as research shows motivation for compliance, and the likelihood of successful outcomes, are improved if participation is mandatory.
If there is no court order you can still locate our provider list here.