Increasing Positive Co-parenting and Family Well-being in Family Court

Recorded Webinar
Instructor: Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L, ABPP
CEs: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers.
Course Delivery Method and Format: Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Date of original webinar: September 21, 2022

The Ann Hartman Memorial Public Lecture
Ann Hartman, M.S.S. '54, Ph.D., has variously been described as a “leading practitioner,” “major figure in the history of social work,” “pioneering U.S. social worker, researcher, educator and administrator” and “noted expert in family therapy and social work theory and practice.” Her years as dean of Smith SSW were an important period in a long, rich and distinguished career and brought lasting change to important areas of the School. Hartman died at her Northampton, Massachusetts, home on November 5, 2021 at age 95. Read more about Hartman's life and work.

Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., MSL, ABPP, will present the Ann Hartman Memorial Lecture, exploring facets of her work that intersect with the focus and values reflected in the distinguished career of Dean Emerita Ann Hartman, M.S.S. ’54, Ph.D. Hartman’s approach to the discipline of social work deeply valued clinical practice, respect for empiricism and commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.

Kline Pruett will discuss the Hampshire County Family Resolutions Specialty Court (FRSC) she helped design. This interdisciplinary, collaborative, community-involved team approach is designed to protect children’s safety and welfare by reducing family conflict and increasing positive co-parenting among parents/caregivers in family court for separation and divorce or other child-related matters. The FRSC offers mediation and guidance from experienced professionals, connection to counseling services and fair and caring judicial decision-making at a fraction of the cost families pay when they engage in the traditional legal system. Kline Pruett will present information and data related to the operation and program evaluation of the FRSC model. The program will be introduced using videos including simulated cases, and descriptive and empirical information.

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain why the adversarial legal system constitutes a threat to family mental health and well-being and the importance of innovative dispute resolution programs. 
  2. Describe the psychological principles and values underlying the FRSC (and similar) dispute resolution models. 
  3. Identify the components of FRSC and how they contribute to families’ successful navigation of family court processes. 
  4. Describe the program evaluation findings from the FRSC program, along with an analysis of families for whom the program doesn’t work well.
  5. Consider policy implications on a broader scale of FRSC-type programs.


  • Welcome
  • Risks of an adversarial family law system to families and the healing potential of innovative dispute resolution programs
  • The history, values and operations of FRSC 
  • For whom the program works and for whom it may not work
  • Family law policy as an area in need of competent social workers
  • Questions and answers
Completion Requirements for Recorded Webinars and Online Courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation, successfully passing the post test and submitting the attestation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals for This Course

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.


Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

NY State

Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.

Not Approved for Counselors (LMHC/LPC)

Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. This program does NOT qualify for NBCC ACEP approval.