Course Overview

Estrangement of Adult Children and Parents

Explore the increasing prevalence of estrangement in the United States and other English-speaking countries, delving into its causes, optimal resolution practices, and the disparities in memories of the past between parents and adult children.
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2023 Annual Conference

October 6-8, 2023

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

45 minutes

CME Eligible*

.75 credit(s)

Detailed Course Info

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Course Description
Learning Objectives

Course Description

Recent studies indicate that estrangement is on the rise in the United States and in other English-speaking countries. This presentation will discuss what is causing the rise in estrangement, the best practices for its resolution, and why parents and adult children often have such different memories of the past.


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. 
To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on October 5, 2024. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.

California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241, which require CME activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency & implicit bias. It is the intent of AB 1195 and AB 241 to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population and reduce health disparities through appropriate professional development. Please see the CME website,, for AB 1195 and AB 241 resources.
For questions about CME credit, please contact us at The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
  • Recite the 5 most common reasons for parental estrangement.
  • Discuss the cultural changes that make estrangement more likely today.
  • Explain best practices for resolving estrangements.

What's included in this course?

This course includes the following:
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  • Video Recording
  • Downloadable Audio
  • Speaker Handout(s)
  • Quiz
  • Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion
  • CME/CEUs

Course Outline

Meet Your Faculty

Josh Coleman, PhD, Author

Dr. Coleman, a San Francisco Bay Area psychologist and Senior Fellow at the Council on Contemporary Families, contributes to Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper with his Dear Doctor column. A prolific writer, he has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and more. With talks at Harvard and other institutions, he's an expert on family dynamics and psychology. A sought-after media presence, he's appeared on the Today Show, NPR, and various TV programs. Dr. Coleman authored four books, including "The Rules of Estrangement" and "When Parents Hurt," offering compassionate insights. Co-editor of "Unconventional Wisdom" with Stephanie Coontz, his work spans gender, sexuality, poverty, and work-family issues, with translations in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, and Croatian.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.