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UpcomingAFCC-O 9th Annual Conference

  • October 20, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Breaking Down Barriers: Targeting Resources to Meet Families’ Needs

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Arnie Shienvold

Guest Speakers: Dr. Lynda Ashbourne, Dr. Joey Bonifacio, Dr. Irwin Butkowsky, Pamela Cross, Justice George Czutrin, Philip Epstein, Dr. Barbara Fidler, Justice Susanne Goodman, Andrea Himel, Justice Carolyn Jones, Justice Jennifer Mackinnon, Elizabeth McCarty, Justice Sheilagh O’Connell, Professor Michael Saini, Justice Stanley Sherr, Professor Rollie Thompson

Visit our 2017 AFCC-O Conference webpage for details and registration information for our Conference and Pre-conference Events.  An Agenda and Conference Brochure is available for download.

Note: Professional educational credits recognized by the Law Society, the American Psychological Association and Ontario Social Worker Association.



789 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

789 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON (Yonge St. and Bloor St.) Registration via our Conference Coordinator, Natalie Savage Email: Phone: (416)255-2525

UpcomingA Mediative Approach to Adult Children of Divorce

  • November 15, 2017
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

AFCC-O and Blue Hills Family Mediation & Information Services invite you to attend this educational program and social event.

A light dinner will be served between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The program is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In this engaging session, videotaped interviews of adult children of divorce will be presented along with commentary from the Honourable Justice Richard Bennett (Superior Court of Justice – Newmarket), Andrea Himel (LL.B, M.S.W., AccFM) and Dr. Dan Ashbourne (Executive Director, LFCC). The session will include discussions around the impact of conflict, and the long-lasting effects of divorce on children. Dispute resolution options will also be presented and discussed. Participants will leave with practical tips and strategies that are designed to assist families during challenging times. The program will conclude with open dialogue, bridging the gap between lawyers and mediators, to allow for a collaborative process for families.

Fee: $25 for AFCC-O members, $30 for non-members

Register at:

Download below flyer for details and registration 

Blue Hills ACOD Nov 15-17 Event Flyer



17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, L3Y 6Z1

17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1

UpcomingParenting Coordination: Foundations

  • November 16, 2017 - November 18, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Dr. Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psch., AccFM

3-Day Small Group Workshop (9 am – 4:30 pm each day)

This introductory course is suitable for mental health professionals, mediators and lawyers. No previous experience or knowledge of parenting coordination is required.

Toronto location. Space is limited – register soon to reserve your seat

This program is OPA accredited, CPD Accredited, and FDRIO accreditation is pending.

Contact Camilla Graziani for more information at: (416)481-2046

Download course description and registration form below:

PC Foundations Workshop Flyer and Registration Form NOV 2017

Upcoming6th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium

  • November 17, 2017
    8:45 am - 3:30 pm

“Navigating the Pathways of Domestic Violence”

Offered by Peel Family Mediation Services

Location: Garden Banquet & Convention Centre, 8 Clipper Ct., Brampton, ON L6W 479

Download flyer below:


Download registration form below:

Peel DV Symposium Registration Form Nov 17-17

Online registration also available via Eventbrite at this link:

For questions, please contact our toll free line 1 (844) 452-7367


UpcomingParental Relocation: Bridging the Gap

  • November 27, 2017
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Hosts: The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter, Kingston Group

Location: Queen’s University, 128 Union Street, Dunning Hall, Room 12, Kingston, ON

For lawyers, social workers, psychologists, and interested professionals

Admission is free with limited seating.  Please register by

Following this education program, there is a social gathering at the Queen’s Grad Club, 162 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON. Munchies are provided by AFCC-O, and everyone is welcome to attend.

For lawyers, this program is eligible for 1.5 Substantive Hours toward CPD requirements.

Download below flyer for additional information:

AFCC-O Kingston Event Flyer Nov 27-17





128 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6

128 Union Street Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

UpcomingPreparing for Difficult Conversations

  • November 30, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Small workshop offered by: Brook Thorndycraft,  M.A., B.Ed., Acc.F.M., Q.Med.
Specializing in Family and Workplace Mediation, Coaching, and Training

Early bird tickets are available until October 22nd, so don’t miss them!  You can also sign up for Brook’s newsletter here to receive a 15% off discount code for workshop tickets.  

Do you need to have a difficult or uncomfortable conversation with a friend, family member, partner, or co-worker, but you feel unprepared?  Does someone you care about want to talk with you about a disagreement you have, and all you want to do is run away and hide?

When we’re nervous about the outcome of a conversation, preparation can go a long way. Come to this workshop to create a plan to make the conversation go better than you expect!

In this workshop, you will:

  • Develop a clear idea of what you are hoping to get out of the conversation, and a plan to get there;
  • Explore how ready you are to have the conversation, and determine what you could do to feel more ready;
  • Think about what you know about the motivations and perspectives of you and of the other person;
  • Fine tune the key messages you want to communicate; and
  • Explore your options.

This workshop may be helpful if:

  • You have an upcoming mediation or negotiation in which you know that difficult issues will come up;
  • You have been avoiding someone, and you know the longer you wait the worse it will be;
  • You need to give someone difficult feedback, and you don’t think they will take it well;
  • You have been sitting on a long standing grudge or negative feelings, and you want to clear the air.

Download flyer below:

Preparing 4 Difficult Conversations Nov 30-17

For more information about the content of the workshop, read Brook’s blog post“Preparing for Difficult Conversations”.

Location: 215 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

Accessibility: The workshop is held in a wheelchair accessible space, with a gender-neutral washroom.  Some sliding scale spots available upon request.

Register at the link below

UpcomingChildren Resisting Post-Separation Contact: Concepts, Controversies, Assessment & Intervention

  • December 8, 2017 - December 9, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Dr. Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C. Psych., AccFM

2-Day Small Group Workshop (9 am – 4:30 pm each day )

Toronto location. Space is limited – register early to reserve your seat!

This course is suitable for therapists, custody/access assessors, mediators, parenting coordinators, child protection workers and lawyers. Toronto location tbc with registration

Course materials include the book, Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact: A Different Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals (Fidler, Bala & Saini, 2013), Powerpoint handout, comprehensive resources/seminal articles, and more…

This program is OPA Accredited.

Contact Camilla Graziani for details and registration at: (416)481-2046

Download course flyer and registration form below:

Contact Problems Training Flyer & Registration Form 2017

UpcomingAFCC 55th Annual Conference

  • June 6, 2018 - June 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

“Compassionate Family Court Systems: The Role of Trauma-Informed Jurisprudence”

Washington Hilton, Washington DC

Visit AFCC 55th Annual Conference webpage for details of this event, and to download a conference brochure.



Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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