Tuesday, June 29, 2010

AFCC eNEWS - February2010 | Annual Conference Highlights | ABA and the UCLA | DSM-V Proposed Changes | Australian Family Law Research Reports

AFCC eNEWS – February 2010 / Annual Conference Highlights / ABA and the UCLA / DSM-V Proposed Changes / Australian Family Law Research Reports

Vol. 5 No. 2
february 2010

TRAVERSING THE TRAIL OF ALIENATION: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict

AFCC 47th Annual Conference in Denver

Join AFCC in Denver, June 2-5, 2010! For an in-depth look at a topic, there are six all-day pre-conference institutes to choose from:

  • Advanced Parenting Coordination: Strategies Based in Conflict Theory and Social Science Research, Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. and Christine A. Coates, M.Ed., J.D.
  • Anatomy of a Parenting Plan, Bruce Harshman, Ph.D., Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis and Leslie Ellen Shear, J.D., CFLS
  • Hot Minds or Hot Heads? How the Brain Reacts to Conflict and How to Use Strategic, Skill-Based Tools to Help Mediation Clients, Nina Meierding, J.D. and Jennifer Kresge, M.A.
  • The ABCs and XYZs of Alienation and Estrangement: A Primer (and more) for the Courtroom, Leslie Drozd, Ph.D., Nancy Olesen, Ph.D. and Hon. R. James Williams;
  • Risky Business: Privacy Interests in Child Custody Cases, Lyn Greenberg, Ph.D. and Hon. Gail Perlman
  • New Ways for Families with Bill Eddy, LCSW, J.D.
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Supreme Court of Florida Approves New PC Rule

The Florida Chapter of AFCC has been instrumental in advancing the field of parenting coordination in Florida through educational programs; convening interested parties, organizations and stakeholders as members of an FLAFCC PC Taskforce; providing support to Florida circuits that desired to develop or enhance existing programs; and developing its website as a source of information. In its second round through the legislative process, Florida Statute 61.125 was created and went into effect on October 1, 2009, establishing parenting coordination as a “child-focused alternative dispute resolution process” in the state. Recently, the Florida Supreme Court adopted the new rule 12.742 and forms, which were fast tracked to accompany the statute and further regulate the parenting coordination process.

Read the 2009 Florida Statutes here...
Senate Confirms AFCC Member for OVW Post
By a unanimous vote of the United States Senate, AFCC Member Hon. Susan B. Carbon, Concord, New Hampshire, was confirmed as the director of the Office of Violence Against Women in the United States Department of Justice. Judge Carbon was nominated by President Barack Obama.
Report on ABA Mid-Year Meeting and UCLA

The Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) was scheduled to have been considered for endorsement by the ABA House of Delegates recently. Sherri Goren Slovin, President of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Harry Tindall, Chair of the UCLA Committee and Talia Katz, Executive Director of IACP describe what happened in Orlando.

Featured Research

Two Australian Family Law Research Reports Released

Dr. Jenn McIntosh reports that the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) recently issued a multi-million dollar summary report, Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms, and that Professor Richard Chisholm has released a smaller in-depth report, Family Courts Violence Review. Both reports address family violence and raise concerns about the impact on children of misunderstandings about Australia’s new shared parental responsibility act.

Read the AIFS report...
Read the Chisholm Report...
Featured Website

American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Development

The American Psychiatric Association has produced a website explaining some of the proposed DSM-5 changes.
Read it here...

Call For Presenters for AFCC’s Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations

The Call for Presenters is available for the Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, which will be held October 28-30, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts. All proposals must be submitted using the online form and are due no later than May 14, 2010.
Click here for the Call for Presenters...
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Top Ten Useful and Possibly Distracting Websites

By Annette Burns, Phoenix, Arizona

Annette Burns, family law attorney and AFCC member from Phoenix, is on top of technology. She has presented at previous AFCC conferences on using social networking in your family law practice and maintains a blog. Here she introduces ten websites that professionals may not be using yet.


Drops from Down Under

By Hon. Graham Mullane (ret.), Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Updates on interesting tidbits of family law news from Australia as reported by Graham Mullane: Marriage held valid after 39 years, high court relocation decision, child protection crisis in Australia, marrying and divorcing later in life, gays and parenting, and travel bans for parents owing child support.

AFCC Award Nominations

AFCC is seeking nominations for the following awards to be presented at AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference in Denver: The John E. VanDuzer Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions and/or achievements by members of AFCC; the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research and/or achievements in the field of family and divorce and the Irwin Cantor Innovative Program Award, which recognizes innovation in court-connected or court-related programs. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2010.

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

NCJFCJ expands the scope of its national conference on juvenile justice to include diverse educational programs on the challenges faced by many children and families.

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ABA Section of Family Law

ABA Section of Family Law offers two spring conferences for family lawyers.

Click here for more information or to register for the Spring CLE conference...
Click here for the Trial Advocacy Institute...
AFCC 47th Annual Conference Brochure
AFCC 47th Annual Conference

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

AFCC Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations

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

Call for Presenters...
Submit a workshop proposal...
AFCC 48th Annual Conference

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

AFCC Regional Training Conference

October 27-29, 2011
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

AFCC 49th Annual Conference

June 6-9, 2012
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

AFCC 50th Annual Conference

May 29-June 1, 2013
J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live
Los Angeles, California

Missouri Chapter Annual Conference

March 11-12, 2010
Mediating High Conflict Cases

Featuring Larry Fong, Ph.D.
Sheraton City Center
St. Louis, Missouri

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Florida Chapter Annual Conference

March 12-13, 2010
Riding the Wave to a Better Future: Moving Toward Success in Family Law

Renaissance Tampa Hotel
Tampa, Florida

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Massachusetts Chapter Annual Conference

April 30, 2010
The Compromised Parent: When Good Enough Isn't

Regis College
Weston, Massachusetts

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