“Reunification Therapy”: Science, Law, & Policy


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Family Courts adjudicating custody and visitation frequently issue orders compelling third-party-witness-children to submit to “reunification therapy” (“RT”) as a legal remedy for the children’s emotional rejection of one of their parents. This CLE presents RT science, practices, and origins, and applicable law regarding personal and subject matter jurisdiction, evidentiary admissibility, and liability pursuant to constitutional, criminal, and civil laws and ethics rules.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Children’s constitutional and human rights
•   RT components and origins
•   Law and ethics rules that are applicable to RT

Date / Time: February 27, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
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Original Broadcast Date: December 6, 2019

Jennifer Hoult, Esq. has served as a prosecutor, court-appointed children’s lawyer, court-appointed Family Court mediator, and certified rape crisis/trauma counselor. She has represented hundreds of children in custody and visitation cases. Her 2006 law review on Parental Alienation Syndrome (“PAS”) is cited in legal proceedings, legal scholarship, and mental health literature in the United States, Europe, and South America. She has presented her research findings on “parental alienation” (“PA”) and PAS as an invited keynote speaker at international conferences in the United States, Sweden, and Portugal, and for CLE presentations throughout the U.S. Ms. Hoult holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University with a double major in Computer Science and Religion; a B.M. degree from Manhattan School of Music in Harp; and a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law. She is licensed in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.

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Section I. Children’s Rights to Liberty & Freedom of Speech/Opinion/Feeling & Association
a) First Amendment & Universal Declaration of Human Rights
b) Parental constitutional rights vs. children’s constitutional rights
c) Parental and governmental limits on children’s constitutional rights

Section II. Legal Context of “Reunification Therapy” (RT) Orders
a) Custody & visitation litigation: Litigant demographics
b) Blackstone’s Rule of Ten & parental abuse laws
c) Personal jurisdiction over third-party-witness children
d) Subject matter jurisdiction & First Amendment rights
        i. Rights & remedies: psychological diagnoses vs. legal causes of action
        ii. Psychological treatment & education vs. legal remedies
        iii. DSM-V & child-parent estrangement
e) Third-party-witnesses’ Due Process rights for constitutional violation claims
f) Equal Protection rights of children estranged from their parents

Section III. RT: Science, Policy, & Law
a) RT practices & goals
b) Applicable science
c) Applicable ethics rules: Regulation and oversight
d) RT research claims vs. children’s reports
e) RT origins
f) RT & law

Section IV. Liability
a) 42 U.S.C. §1983
b) Criminal law
c) Civil law
d) Professional ethics rules: Law, psychology, & education

Section V. Policy
a) Earnings over ethics: Hoffman Report