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AFCC eNEWS - January 2010 | AFCC Annual Conference | Practice Tips for Court-Involved Therapists | Internet Issues in Family Law

AFCC eNEWS – January 2010 / AFCC Annual Conference / Practice Tips for Court-Involved Therapists / Internet Issues in Family Law

Vol. 5 No. 1
January 2010

Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict

AFCC 47th Annual Conference in Denver

Alienation is a controversial and emotionally charged word. How is it defined, recognized or diagnosed? How is it treated? How is it addressed in family court decisions? These are some of the challenging questions that family court professionals grapple with on a daily basis. These are the very questions that four cutting edge plenary sessions at AFCC’s 47th Annual Conference will address.

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Special FCR Issue

The conference program builds on the January issue of Family Court Review, a special issue on alienation titled Alienated Children in Divorce and Separation: Emerging Approaches for Families and Courts. AFCC members can log in to the member center and read the entire journal.

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Alienation and the DSM-IV

The current widespread debate as to whether alienation should be a diagnosis included in the DSM-V has gone beyond the professional community. This is discussed in a U.S. News and World Report article by Lindsay Lyon, titled "Parental Alienation: A Mental Diagnosis?"

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AFCC Scholarship Applications Now Online

AFCC is accepting scholarship applications for the 47th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, June 2-5, 2010. The scholarship application is available on the AFCC website. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2010. Recipients will be notified by mid-March 2010.

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Ten Practice Tips for Court-Involved Therapists

By Lyn R. Greenberg, Reporter, AFCC Task Force on Court-Involved Therapists

The AFCC Task Force on Court-Involved Therapists is hard at work developing guidelines for therapists working with court-involved families. A full draft will be available for your review soon. In the meantime, we offer these practice tips for court-involved therapists.


February AFCC Training Programs in Houston

There is still time to register to attend these two excellent training programs:

Parenting Coordination: Working with High Conflict Families, presented by Christine Coates, M.Ed., J.D., February 22-23, 2010.

Attachment, Alienation and Difficult Clients, presented by Arnold T. Shienvold, Ph.D., February 24-25, 2010.
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What the Divorce Revolution Has Meant for Kids

By Sasha Aslanian, Courtesy of National Public Radio

The 1970s saw changes great and small in American society. But what did the 1970s divorce boom mean for the kids? Producer Sasha Aslanian spent five years working on a documentary about the children of divorce. Here's some of what she found.

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Mediation: Staying Culturally Relevant In A Multicultural World

By Nina Meierding, Courtesy of Mediate.com

Many mediators have been trained solely in a Western-style model of mediation with Western-style tools in their “toolboxes.” Even the theoretical constructs of ADR often reflect a Western model that is not always respectful of culturally diverse concepts. While using Western techniques does not inherently mean that the interventions will not be successful, it does mean that they are less culturally sensitive. Internationally, it may also be seen as the United States bringing its process to another country that already has had its own conflict resolution processes in place for generations.


AFCC Ninth Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations

The Call for Presenters is now 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.
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Irreconcilable Wall Posts? Nearly 1 in 5 Divorce Cases Cite Facebook, Lawyers Say

By Gina Salamone, Courtesy of Daily News

Facebook is supposed to bring people together – but it may be tearing some apart. Divorce lawyers say the social networking site is tempting users to cheat on their spouses, reports the UK’s Telegraph, and flirty messages and wall posts are increasingly being cited as evidence of extramarital activity.


For Judges on Facebook, Friendship Has Limits

By John Schwartz, Courtesy of NYTimes.com

Judges and lawyers in Florida can no longer be Facebook friends. In a recent opinion, the state’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee decided it was time to set limits on judicial behavior online. When judges “friend” lawyers who may appear before them, the committee said, it creates the appearance of a conflict of interest, since it “reasonably conveys to others the impression that these lawyer ‘friends’ are in a special position to influence the judge.”



Professional Practice Standards and Guidelines
Check out the AFCC Resource Center for standards and guidelines for many areas of practice. The following are all in one place, easy to access and reference: Guidelines for Brief, Focused Assessment (AFCC, 2009), Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation (AFCC, 2006), Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (AFCC, 2005), Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation (Symposium on Standards of Practice convened by AFCC, 2000), Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Children in Custody Cases (ABA-FLS, 2003), Standards of Practice for Lawyers who Represent Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases (ABA, 1996) and Standards and Guidelines for Supervised Visitation Practice (Supervised Visitation Network, 2006).
Click here to read standards and guidelines...
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

AFCC 48th Annual Conference

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

AFCC 49th Annual Conference

June 6-9, 2012
Hyatt Regency
Chicago, Illinois

AFCC 50th Annual Conference

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

Arizona Chapter Annual Conference

February 5-7, 2010
Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa
Sedona, Arizona

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California Chapter Annual Conference

February 12-14, 2010
The Crisis of Under-Funding Family Court Resources:
A Clear and Present
Danger to Our Children

Sheraton Delfina Hotel
Santa Monica, California

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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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