Professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families throught the resolution of family conflict.
Monday, August 3, 2009
VOL. 4 NO. 7 JULY 2009
AFCC Conference in Reno
Make plans now to attend AFCC’s Regional Training Conference, Interventions for Family Conflict: Stacking the Odds in Favor of Children, November 5-7, 2009. The conference will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada. Take advantage of the special AFCC room rate of just $99 per night for a single or double room. This three day training conference is comprised of professional tracks for judges, lawyers, mediators, parenting coordinators and custody evaluators, as well as opportunities for continuing education and ethics programs for legal and mental health professionals.
The Arizona legislature recently passed legislation that provides that licensing board complaints made against psychologists who are judicially appointed in forensic matters must now be reviewed by the appointing judges. A finding of substantial basis regarding allegations of misconduct must be made before such matters will be reviewed by the state licensing board. This bill was the third attempt made over the past seven years, and this version took two years to be developed and approved.
AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference, Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict, will take place June 2-5, 2010 at the Sheraton Denver. If you have an interesting workshop idea that you would like to be considered, please submit a proposal prior to October 5, 2009.
AFCC, in collaboration with the AFCC Missouri Chapter and the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, will be offering Attachment, Alienation and Access: Advanced Interventions for Parenting Coordinators on September 30-October 1, 2009. Arnold Shienvold, Ph.D. will focus on how to work effectively with the most challenging clients and issues, including those with personality disorders and attachment problems.
On Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at its meeting in Santa Fe, the Uniform Law Commission voted unanimously to adopt the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. The Act is the first national legislation to recognize collaborative law as an alternative dispute resolution process.
Top Ten Ways to Assess "Is Collaborative Practice Right for Me?"
by Nancy Cameron, BFA, LL.B.
Nancy Cameron, AFCC Member from Vancouver, British Columbia and the President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), explains how to help your clients assess if collaborative practice is the best fit for them.
Many efforts have been made to categorize abusive men based on their behavior in order to develop appropriate treatment strategies for them. More recent work has focused on the backgrounds of these men and how their childhood experiences of mistreatment may foster their own abusive behavior. This study falls within this emerging line of work and provides us with additional and useful information.
An innovative, free interactive Web site for children ages 6 to 11 whose parents are separating or divorcing has been launched by the British Columbia’s Justice Education Society. It is called Changeville and provides a virtual world full of the kind of confidential support, advice and comfort needed by a child experiencing a family breakup.
UpToParents.org is a personalized and interactive opportunity for separated and divorced parents to learn more about their children’s needs and to unite around meeting those needs. The Web site, created by AFCC members Charlie and Barb Asher, is free and confidential and has won several prestigious awards, including the 2009 AFCC Irwin Cantor Innovative Program Award.
Explore this topic further with Annette Burns and Edith Croxen, who are presenting Family Law on Facebook: Ethics, Discovery and the Challenges of Practicing in an Electronic Ageat the AFCC Regional Training Conference in Reno.
Divorcing Couples Face Compulsory "Cooling Off" Period under Tory Government
Courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk
Couples would be forced to undergo a compulsory three month "cooling off" period before being allowed to divorce, under a radical overhaul of family law proposed by an influential Conservative think tank.
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