Annual Licensing Requirements

High Conflict Institute licenses the name, content and use of materials to counseling agencies, family court, and individual practitioners to provide the New Ways for Families program curriculum directly to their clients. The license is intended to ensure the consistency and integrity of the method. High Conflict Institute provides training, consultation, and implementation assistance.

 The first step is to complete the required New Ways training. Following the training, you will be provided with licensing materials, policies and procedures. Please contact us if you have any questions about licensing requirements.

Licensing requirements:

Upon completion of the New Ways training, professionals are eligible to complete our licensing procedure, allowing them to represent themselves as "approved providers" and giving them permission to use the name and curriculum with clients.

Licensing Procedure:

  • Licensing Agreement 
  •  Website Listing Form: Please choose the form that is consistent with the services you offer  
  • Current professional liability insurance: Attest to having current professional liability insurance per paragraph 13 of the agreement. You no longer need to submit a copy. 
  • New Ways Training or Continuing Education
    • RENEWALS: If you are currently a provider and are renewing your provider status, you are attesting to have completed 6 hours of professional development per paragraph 13 of the agreement. You no longer need to submit certificates. 
      • Generally, the continuing education you complete for your professional license will also satisfy this requirement
      • Topics include: working with high conflict clients, family law, mediation, mental health in family law, high conflict family dynamics, etc. 
    • NEW Providers: If you participated in your first New Ways training this year and are joining the New Ways Network for the first time:
      • Your initial training satisfies this  requirement. No need to submit certificates for any other professional development training you attended. This is covered in paragraph 13 of the agreement.
  • Annual Licensing Fee $25 USD per individual, $100 USD per agency
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    • We cannot accept checks from outside the US, unless drawn on a US Bank & in USD. If sending payment by check, please make payable to "High Conflict Institute"
    • We cannot process credit cards over the phone.

LIcensing benefits:

  • Permission to use the name, method and materials with clients
  • Represent yourself as a "New Ways Approved Provider"
  • Listing on our website so parents can find your services
  • Discount on client workbooks
  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter with featured articles, professional and parent resources, featured products, client handouts etc.
  • Access to network of like-minded professionals for networking, sharing resources, case consultation etc. (coming soon - professional listserv)
  • Collaboration from High Conflict Institute/New Ways for Families in presenting to your community, court system, local bar association or other membership association
  • Marketing templates available for customization for your New Ways services

licensing Faqs:

Q: Must I wait for a court order before using New Ways with clients? 

A: No. You can work 1-1 with your client using the New Ways curriculum at your discretion, depending on your client's needs. If you see that your client could benefit from the skills, go for it!

Q: Can I use New Ways with a client in the following situations if there will be no parent-child sessions and if the other parent is not also participating in New Ways? 

A: Yes! We want you to have the flexibility to work with your client on the New Ways skills so they can begin using the skills in their daily life and co-parenting relationship. 

*NOTE: However, if your court has specifically ordered "New Ways for Families counseling", then the parents and all professionals should adhere to the strict structure of the court-based counseling model. This depends on the court in each jurisdiction. 

Q: What if my client has a referral for "counseling" or a "high conflict class," but not specifically New Ways for Families?

A: No problem! You can decide if the curriculum will meet the needs of your client.

Q: Can New Ways be used post-divorce, when there is no court involvement at all?

A: Yes! It's all about teaching parents skills. 

Q: How can lawyers use New Ways? In other words, why should I be trained?

A: There are several ways lawyers can use New Ways: (1) Refer your client to a New Ways-trained provider so he/she can learn the skills on the front end of the case. The client will then be better prepared to work with you throughout the case, (2) Provide Pre-Mediation Coaching to your client, to prepare them for mediation or negotiation, (3) Reinforce the New Ways skills with your client through the case, preventing them from escalating and returning to high conflict behaviors. Read more: How New Ways Helps Attorneys.

Q: Must I use the workbooks with clients?

A: Yes, please do. The purpose of the curriculum is provide structure to your sessions and to keep the client focused on the skills. By using the workbook to guide the client in learning and applying the skills, it keeps the client focused and provides specific exercises for application. Of course, you can always add to the use of the workbook by creating your own exercises. 

Q: Must I be licensed to use New Ways?

A: Yes. Licensing gives you, the licensee, permission to use the curriculum with clients. This helps us maintain the integrity of the program. 

Q: Can I offer more than one program model?

A: Yes! If you completed the 2-day training, you are qualified to over any of the program models. 

Q: Can I incorporate the New Ways curriculum and workbook exercises into my existing services, such as general counseling, parenting coordination, parent education, collaborative divorce, divorce coaching etc?

A: Yes! Our curriculum is designed to fit into any setting: family law, mediation, co-parenting education, coaching, conflict resolution etc. 

Q: Is this a reunification program?

A: No. The curriculum is designed to be used at the beginning, middle or end of case, but before significant estrangement has occurred. While it's not designed for the "estranged" parent (as they likely require more intensive work that acknowledges the amount of time that has gone by and the level of relationship disruption that has occurred), the skills would be very beneficial for the parent who has not experienced alienation or estrangement and needs to work on supporting the reunification of the child and other parent. The skills and workbook exercises are designed to prevent alienating behaviors. 

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