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Friday, October 16, 2009
AFCC eNEWS - August 2009 |Reno Pre-Conference institutes/Case Law Update/FLAFCC Shared Parenting Statute Bench Book
VOL. 4 NO. 8 AUGUST 2009
AFCC Regional Training Conference
Choose one of four pre-conference institutes to attend in Reno at Interventions for Family Conflict: Stacking the Odds in Favor of Children, November 5-7, 2009:
Children in Court, designed for judges and lawyers, addresses the challenging issues related to children’s involvement in the family court processes.
Challenging the Culture of Conflict: Advanced Parenting Coordination Strategies and Interventions, focuses on how conflict develops and becomes entrenched in parenting partnerships and the role of parenting coordination in helping peace become a possibility and not just a pipe dream.
Advanced Mediation Techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Problem Solving and the Art of the Question, will examine how the skillful use of questions can make or break a difficult mediation.
Conducting Brief Assessments, designed for custody evaluators, will discuss three models of brief assessment, implementation and administrative issues, pitfalls and research findings. (See the Top Ten Features of Brief Focused Assessments below.)
Top Ten Features of Models of Brief Focused Assessments
by Linda Cavallero, Ph.D.
The AFCC Brief Focused Assessments Task Force is finalizing the Guidelines that are a product of several years’ work and collaboration with members at open forums. Linda Cavellero, Ph.D., AFCC Member from Worcester, Massachusetts and the Co-Chair of the Task Force, has assembled these ten features shared by all brief models.
Divorcing Parents May Agree to Binding Arbitration of Custody Matters
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on July 1, 2009, that divorcing parents have the right, as part of their constitutionally protected sphere of parental autonomy, to sidestep the judicial process and agree to submit their custody issues to binding arbitration. This decision may be important to parent coordination as a process.
Natural Children from Blended Families Bring No Benefit to Older Half-Siblings
Courtesy of J.M. Craig Press, Inc.
When people divorce, there is a high probability that they will remarry and have children with their new spouses. There has been very little research regarding how these children fare when raised with older half-siblings. This study addresses that issue.
The Florida Chapter of AFCC (FLAFCC) Parenting Plan Task Force wrote a monograph entitled “Florida’s New Shared Parenting Statute: What Professionals Need to Know.” They also developed an education curriculum and presentation materials to accompany the monograph, as well as producing this Bench book.
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 considered, please submit a proposal prior to October 5, 2009.
Celebrating Past, Present & Future: Reflections and Visionspresented October 22-25, 2009 by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is IACP’s 10th anniversary Networking and Educational Forum.
Children in the Middle Online is an interactive streaming video program for co-parents, endorsed by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services as a Model Program. Courts in a growing number of states are referring separating and divorcing parents to this program in lieu of attending classes. The program teaches conflict resolution and communication skills, as well as improving parenting skills, and attitudes that promote sensitivity to children's needs during and after separation. See www.divorce-education.com/online and email Dr. Gordon(firstname.lastname@example.org) for a complimentary password to view the entire program.
Professionalization Of Conflict Resolvers
by Deborah Sword, courtesy of Mediate.com
Those of us speaking out against creating certification for conflict resolvers don't seem to have a lot of allies. The weight of popular opinion is that certification with standardized credentials should (must) be done. I appreciate an opportunity to present a cautionary point of view.
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.
An early version of the July eNEWS was sent with the incorrect link to the revised Arizona Statute providing access to the current Statute, before revision. The revised Statute will not be posted online by Arizona until the end of September. AFCC will provide that link, as soon as it is available, in the eNEWS.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES & TRAININGS
AFCC Regional Training Conference
Interventions for Family Conflict: Stacking the Odds in Favor of Children November 5-7, 2009 Peppermill Resort Reno, Nevada
Attachment, Alienation and Access: Advanced Interventions for Parenting Coordinators
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