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AFCC eNEWS - January 2010 | AFCC Annual Conference | Practice Tips for Court-Involved Therapists | Internet Issues in Family Law
Vol. 5 No. 1 January 2010
TRAVERSING THE TRAIL OF ALIENATION: 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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
AFCC eNEWS is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). AFCC eNEWS provides professionals with time sensitive and up-to-date topics including practice tips, research innovations and international news. Readers are welcome to forward this e-newsletter to interested colleagues.