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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
AFCC eNEWS - March 2010 | AFCC Wins ASAE Award | Denver | Court-involved Therapist Guidelines for Comment | Children's Resilience After Divorce
Vol. 5 No. 3 march 2010
AFCC Wins Associations Advance America Award
AFCC is one of only 13 organizations in the United States to receive an Award of Excellence in the first round of the 2010 Associations Advance America Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, DC. AFCC received the award for its Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project. This program is now in the running to receive a Summit Award, ASAE & The Center’s top recognition for association programs, to be presented in ceremonies at ASAE’s 11th Annual Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, on September 29, 2010.
A stellar AFCC conference, Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict is happening in Denver, June 2-5, 2010. If you have ever had to recognize, adjudicate or treat alienation in a family law case, you will want to hear about all of the latest research, practice and thinking in these areas.
Denver is an exciting mix of vibrant urban culture and outdoor adventure. The city is home to thriving arts districts, world-class museums, a popular and renowned zoo, many exclusive chef-owned restaurants and excellent shopping, all against the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Over the conference dates, the temperature should be moderate: lows in the 50s to highs in the 70s to low 80s. Denver boasts 300 days of sunshine a year and the downtown is very walkable. Bring your family and spend a few extra days enjoying the area!
Sample round-trip airfares to Denver for the 47th Annual Conference from a leading travel website:
Atlanta (ATL) $208 Chicago (ORD) $194 Los Angeles (LAX) $158 Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) $178 New York (JFK) $208 Las Vegas (LAS) $148 Houston (IAH) $156 Phoenix (PHX) $118
San Francisco (SFO) $158 Orlando (MCO) $238 Newark (EWR) $218 Detroit (DTW) $178 Charlotte (CLT) $218 Miami (MIA) $208 Minneapolis (MSP) $178
Family Court Review Special Issue
The January 2010 issue of Family Court Review, a special issue titled Alienated Children in Divorce and Separation: Emerging Approaches for Families and Courts, has been incredibly popular. AFCC members have online access to all articles and all archives back to 1963 as part of their membership, so the easiest and least expensive way to access FCR articles and archives is to join AFCC.
The AFCC Task Force on Court-Involved Therapists, Co-Chaired by Matthew Sullivan, Ph.D. and Hon. Linda Fidnick, was given the task of defining guidelines for the professional practice of therapists working with court-involved families. A draft document is now available for comment.
To comment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org noting the specific guidelines and section you wish to comment on in the subject line. This allows the comments to be sorted electronically and applied to the correct section. Please provide suggested language for any revisions that you are requesting or recommending. Comments must be received by April 5, 2010.
ASK THE EXPERTS
Top Ten Tips for Fostering Children’s Resilience after Divorce
By JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D.
How children fare during and after a divorce depends largely on how parents handle changes and create quality of life for their children over time. Many factors influence their resilience; research and clinical practice have shown these to be among the most important.
AFCC is pleased to announce a new volume in the Innovations Series: Innovations in Court Services, edited by Cori K. Erickson, founder and CEO of the Center for Dispute Solutions, Inc., a statewide program in Wyoming dedicated to creatively assisting families in conflict. Innovations in Court Services looks at five programs and a new screening tool, all exciting innovative new ways to approach family conflict in the court system.
For a brief description of each program discussed in the book, as well as information on the research behind these new approaches, please read the introduction excerpted from Innovations in Court Services by the book’s editor, Cori K. Erickson.
AFCC will launch a mentorship program for new practitioners designed to provide assistance in achieving the level of skill and professionalism critical to competent and ethical interdisciplinary practice. There will be a reception at the Annual Conference in Denver, Thursday, June 3rd, at 6:30pm that will provide an opportunity for students and new family law practitioners to meet each other and potential mentors. At 12:30pm on Friday, June 4th there will be a Mentorship Forum where mentees will hear from experienced family law professionals. AFCC members will have the opportunity to be assigned a mentor for ongoing contact throughout the year.
Dr. Robert Emery named Associate Editor of Family Court Review
Robert Emery, Ph.D., has been named Associate Editor of Family Court Review, succeeding Dr. Janet Johnston, who is stepping down after five years of service. Dr. Emery is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. He has served or is serving on the editorial board of eleven professional journals and is the author of over 125 scientific publications and several books. Dr. Emery is a long-time AFCC member. He has lectured extensively on his research across the United States and throughout the world. In addition to his research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Emery continues to engage in a limited practice as a clinical psychologist and divorce mediator. He also is the father of five children.
Lawyer as Problem Solver Awards
The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution awarded its Lawyer as Problem Solver Award for 2010 to Andrew Schepard and Mediate.com. The Award was established to recognize individuals and organizations that use their legal skills in creative, innovative and often non-traditional ways to solve problems for their clients and within their communities.
Andrew Schepard is a Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University Law School and editor of AFCC’s Family Court Review. He has consistently served as a problem solver at the highest level, identifying important challenges in our field and spearheading community and policy initiatives that impact families throughout the country. Mediate.com has been at the forefront of making the power of the internet accessible to lawyers, mediators and dispute resolution practitioners.
Increasingly, probate courts are paying particular attention to parenting plans. Judges, as all professionals involved with divorcing couples, recognize the difficulties of co-parenting after divorce. The objective underlying the mandatory Parent Education Program is for parents to understand the effects of divorce on children. Five hours of session time is devoted to educating divorcing parents on how to parent more effectively after divorce. Hopefully these sessions help parents to understand that they need to be forward thinking, to provide good parenting before problems arise, and to develop skills that help them to work cooperatively in the best interests of their children. Yet all parenting situations are not the same. In particular, in families of children with special needs, the parenting plan needs to be crafted with great care.
The Chief Justice of the (Australian) Family Court has called for a radical change to the law to provide more protection to family members at risk of violence. In what could be a contentious proposal, Chief Justice Diana Bryant wants information from confidential mediation sessions between separating couples to be given to family law courts if there is believed to be a risk to a child or a parent's safety.
Whose God Wins? For Divorcing Parents, It's Not Clear
By Dahlia Lithwick, courtesy of Newsweek.com
Joseph Reyes, an Afghanistan veteran and law student, converted to Judaism when he married Rebecca Shapiro in 2004. When they split up in 2008, Rebecca won primary custody of their daughter and Joseph got regular visitation. The Reyeses had allegedly agreed to raise their child Jewish, but Joseph, seeking to expose his 3-year-old to his Catholic faith, had her baptized last November. When Rebecca found out, she obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting Joseph from "exposing Ela Reyes to any other religion other than the Jewish religion during his visitation." But Joseph then took his daughter to Catholic mass on Jan. 17, with a local TV news crew in tow, prompting his ex-wife's lawyers to demand he be held in criminal contempt—with a maximum punishment of six months in prison. Can a court decide what religion your child will be?
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