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AFCC eNEWS - June 2009 |Get Wired with AFCC/PC Statute in FL/AFCC at APA

AFCC eNEWS – June 2009 / Denver Annual Conference / AFCC Online / PC Statute in FL / AFCC at APA

Vol. 4 No. 6
June 2009
AFCC 47th Annual Conference in Denver
Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict is AFCC's next Annual Conference, June 2-5, 2010, at the Sheraton Denver. Save the date and watch for the Call for Presenters coming soon!

Get Wired with AFCC

Online Audio and Networking
Access AFCC members and conferences sessions without leaving your computer! In addition to audio of more than 30 conference sessions online dating back to 2004, AFCC has two group email lists to encourage networking, discussion and professional development.
The AFCC Court Services email group is open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to family court service agencies. Have a question about domestic violence screening tools, staffing patterns or program evaluation? Post it to the list and get feedback from dozens of experienced colleagues. The list is moderated by Grace Hawkins, Director of the Pima County Family Center of the Conciliation Court in Tucson, Arizona. You can post a question or join the list by contacting her at
The Parenting Coordination (PC) Network is open to AFCC members who serve as parenting coordinators or are interested in this role. AFCC has taken the lead in the development of this growing professional field through its two Parenting Coordination Task Forces, the creation of Guidelines for Parenting Coordination, and through training opportunities around the U.S. and workshops on parenting coordination at its conferences. If you are an AFCC member and would like to join the PC Network, click here.
If you are not an AFCC member and want to join the conversation, click here to become a member.

Parent educators can join a list established by Les Herold, AFCC member from San Bernardino, CA. The list provides a forum for divorce educators, whether already established or simply thinking about starting a program, to share resources, get leads on educational materials (e.g., films, curriculum), and take parts in dialog centered on subjects such as marketing, and enlisting the support of family law judges in referring parents to programs. Anyone interested in joining can email Les at

Another way to stay connected – Join Facebook and Become a Fan of AFCC
Check out the new photos from the annual conference in New Orleans and the AFCC Work Day on the AFCC Facebook fan page!
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Florida Passes a Parenting Coordination Statute

For those who have been following Florida's long journey toward PC legislation, Governor Charlie Crist signed bill CS/CS/CS SB 904 into law on June 16, 2009. Parenting Coordination is now a state statute to take effect in October of 2009.

Click here to read the specific law...

Discount for AFCC Members at APA

The APA Practice Organization and the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology are offering an all-day workshop, Parenting Coordination: Practice, Research, and the Interface Between Psychology and Law, offering Parenting Coordination training for lawyers, judges, psychologists and other mental health professionals on August 5, 2009, in Toronto, Ontario.

Speakers include many AFCC members, including Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD; Debra K. Carter, Ph.D.; Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D.; Roberta Eisen, M.Ed., LPC; Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D.; Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.; and Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D.
To register, please call (800) 374-2721, ext. 5991 and mention you are an AFCC member in order to receive the discounted “member” rate. (Note: AFCC members will receive the member rate when enrolling in the Parenting Coordination workshop only. AFCC members must enroll by phone in order to receive the member price and cannot receive the member price by enrolling online.)
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Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Kids from the Fallout of a High Conflict Break-up

by Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Joan B. Kelly is an author, therapist, mediator and parenting coordinator with four decades of experience working with high conflict parents who are separating. She offers her tips on how to protect the children from the fallout.



A View of Mediation in the Future

by James Melamed, courtesy of

I do my best to stay on top of the phenomenon and evolution of mediation. How is mediation growing and changing in the US and world? If one looks toward the future with an open mind, it is mind-blowing to consider where mediation may be going.


Disagreements in Childrearing Practices Studied

Courtesy of J.M. Craig Press, Inc.

A key question, when considering best interest determinations, is the extent to which parents support their children's appropriate developmental needs and agree with each other about them. This study examines parenting style and how similarities or differences affect children.



Drops from Down Under

by Hon. Graham Mullane (ret.)

The debate continues to rage in Australia as to the effect and merits of 2006 amendments to the Family Law Act intended to increase the involvement of separated fathers with their children.


New Online Parenting Education Program

Two parenting education resources are now available at from
"Four Keys to Successful Parenting" is a one-hour concise parenting education program; and "Improving Parent-Child Relationships" is a ten-hour complete parenting education curriculum.

In both, you see real parents and their children working with parenting expert, Carol Lynn Morse, Ph.D., to gain a new perspective on parent-child interactions and learn new skills. The purpose is to create an affordable and scalable resource for courts, agencies and professionals.

AFCC will be highlighting online divorce education programs. If you have an online program you’d like to share, please send the information to


Judge Reprimanded Over Use of Facebook

Courtesy of

Judge B. Carlton Terry Jr. received a public reprimand from the Judicial Standards Commission for communicating with a lawyer from a trial he was presiding over.


AFCC Regional Training Conference Flyer
AFCC Regional Training Conference

Interventions for Family Conflict: Stacking the Odds in Favor of Children
November 5-7, 2009
Peppermill Resort
Reno, Nevada

AFCC 47th Annual Conference

Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict
June 2-5, 2010
Sheraton Denver
Denver, Colorado

AFCC Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations

October 28-30, 2010
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts

AFCC 48th Annual Conference

June 1-4, 2011
Hilton Orlando Bonnet
Creek Resort
Orlando, Florida

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