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UpcomingAFCC-O Kingston Group-CFSA Amendments-Bill 89


  • February 26, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The new Child, Youth and Family Services Act in force April 1, 2018.

Highlights of the new statute, with focus on implications for family justice professionals.

This program is eligible for 1.5 Substantive hours toward CPD requirements.

Admission is without charge, but space is limited. Please register to attend by emailing: kingstonafcco@gmail.com.

Dunning Room 12, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Download below flyer:

AFCC -O Kingston Group Event Feb 26 2018

Location

Venue:  

Address:
128 Union St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


UpcomingAFCC Webinar: Work-Life Balance


  • March 7, 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Work-Life Balance E2M Webinar, Annette T. Burns, JD

From someone who doesn’t like the phrase “work-life balance”, perspectives on setting boundaries (mostly with yourself); why “flex work hours” unbalance you; what to say when a client insists on having your cell phone number; and what you should have on your phone to make the tough decisions for you.

Free to E2M members

Presenter: Annette Burns, JD was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1984 and is certified as a Family Law Specialist.

For more information and registration visit:

www.afccnet.org/Conferences-Training/Webinars/ctl/ViewConference/ConferenceID/252/mid/772


UpcomingAFCC Webinar: Evidence-Informed Approach to Alienation


  • March 14, 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An Evidence-Informed Approach to Parental Alienation

Allegations of parental alienation continues to challenge family courts, professionals and parents.  Emerging evidence supports a cluster of parent alienating behaviors that can have a negative impact on some children, during the separation process and in later adult years.  While the evidence of alienation continues to accumulate, there remains great debate whether the current research is sufficiently robust to accurately make assertions about the etiology, prevalence, assessment, consequences and appropriate interventions of alienation for children and families.  This webinar will highlight some of the controversies and will offer practical ways to integrate empirical research into decision making for child custody disputes.

Presenter: Michael A. Saini, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and holds the endowed Factor-Inwentash Chair of Law and Social Work.

Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20

For more information and registration visit:

www.afccnet.org/Conferences-Training/Webinars/ctl/ViewConference/ConferenceID/224/mid/772


UpcomingSettlement Focused Practice: Resolving Conflict Efficiently for Families


  • March 23, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Windsor full day program

Presenters: Philip Epstein, Justice Lene Madsen, Dr. Dan Ashbourne, Justice Gerri Wong, Honourable Mary Jo Nolan, Ian R. Fisher, George McFadyen, Mary Fox, Jennifer Suzor, Janet Whitehead, Zane Handysides and more

Cost includes light breakfast and lunch:

AFCC-O Members and New Professionals (under 5 years) $50

Non-members $75

Register by Email: jocelyn@familylawspecialist.ca

Download Flyer below:

Windsor-Settlement Focused Practice March 23-18

 

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 1(519)252-8383

Venue Website:

Address:
2175 Parent Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N8X 4K2


UpcomingFamily Law


  • March 26, 2018 - March 28, 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Offered by the Mediation Training Centre

March 26-28, 2018

The Mediation Training Centre is offering OAFM approved accreditation courses.  Join Christine Kim, Deborah Graham and Seema Jain, a diverse training team with over 50 years of combined mediation and training experience, and start helping families resolve disputes in sensible and creative ways.

For more exact course times, additional information, and to register  visit: www.mediationtrainingcentre.com. Early bird discounts available!

Download flyer below flyer for additional courses offered:

Mediation Training Centre Flyer – 2018


UpcomingAFCC Webinar: Stepping-up Parenting Plans


  • April 10, 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Stepping-up Parenting Time: When and How to Determine the Right Time

As children grow and family circumstances change, often the less-seen parent desires a modification in the parenting plan that will allow him/her to have more parenting time.  This presentation introduces a chart that specifies family domains, questions, and concerns as a tool for integrating family data to support child-centered decision making. We will discuss how the chart organizes clinical information and research about child development and family dynamics to facilitate decisions that support children’s well-being while considering parents’ goals to spend time with their children.

Presenters:

Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, ABPP is a psychologist with masters’ degrees in law and in education. She is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. With twenty-five years of clinical experience, her expertise includes couples counseling and consultation, father involvement, co-parenting, child development, mediation, legal case development for attorneys, mediation, and collaborative divorce.

Leslie Drozd, PhD, is a psychologist in independent practice in Newport Beach, California in clinical and forensic psychology with expertise in family violence, alienation, gatekeeping, child abuse, and substance abuse. She has co-authored a myriad of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in these areas of expertise. She serves as a forensic consultant, expert witness, reviewing expert, and child custody evaluator and as a clinician working with families with resist refuse dynamics.

Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20

For more information and registration visit:

http://www.afccnet.org/Conferences-Training/Webinars/ctl/ViewConference/ConferenceID/225/mid/772


UpcomingParenting Coordination: Advanced Applications


  • April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Offered by Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., AccFM, FDRP PC

This training is suitable for mental health professionals, mediators, and lawyers and expands on knowledge and skills learned in the PC Foundations training.

Download flyer below for details and registration information

FIDLER PC ADV April 2018


UpcomingThe Honour Symposium


  • April 20, 2018
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Offered by: Next Stage Conflict Resolution

Early bird registration rates until February 28, 2018

The Honour Symposium, Alternative Supportive Options for Conscious Uncoupling is a one-day mini-forum that will take place at  the Masonic Concert Hall in Stratford, Ontario. Attendees are  lawyers, mediators,  and mental health professionals who are, or wish to be, supportive of separating couples through conscious, alternative processes  that minimize conflict and encourage growth and optimum communication. Through a variety of presentations and workshops the symposium will provide an opportunity for discussion of the emotional challenges people face and how alternative conflict resolution processes can make the experience more bearable, productive, and cost-efficient.

The Honour Symposium centers around an afternoon performance of the play, Honour, written by acclaimed Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.  After 32 years of marriage, husband George, suddenly announces to his wife, Honor, that he is leaving her for a much younger woman. The play explores the perspective of the four characters, husband, wife, daughter, and “the other woman”,  as they each navigate this traumatic event.   The play is being presented as a tool to initiate discussion about the emotional fall out of separation and how alternative conflict resolution processes can benefit clients and their families. A panel discussion will follow the performance with input from mediators, The Honourable Mary Jo Nolan, Hilary Linton, Alf Mamo, as well as collaborative lawyer David Morneau, and mental health professional Linda Mackay and who provides support to separating couples in a variety of ways.

The balance of the one-day program will feature a keynote address by former Grand Council Chief  John Beaucage as well as presentations  by speakers and workshop leaders who bring an alternative approach to the resolution of family conflicts.  Workshops and presentations will include improvisation, role-playing, and breath and mindfulness techniques for more successful mediation, collaborative law, re-integration counselling, and parenting coordination sessions.

For additional information, please download the below event flyer and registration form:

The Honour Symposium Flyer April 20-18

The Honour Symposium Reg Form April 20-18


Upcoming5th Annual Winkler/IAM/OsgoodePD Conference on Mediation


  • April 23, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Evolution of Mediation – Where are We Going?

Early Bird Pricing until February 28, 2018

Mediation plays a critical role in our justice system. It requires a special skill set and it raises unique challenges both for mediators and counsel representing clients in mediation. Mediators must constantly strive to stay on top of new and developing issues while continuing to hone their skills. Counsel must also keep abreast of developments so that they can achieve the best possible results for their clients.

With a different focus each year, this intensive full-day program will ensure that:

  • You are up-to-date on the current law and best practices
  • You know the range of strategic and tactical options and can advise clients/parties on the pros and cons of each (both from the mediator’s and counsel’s perspective)
  • You recognize and understand cultural and gender issues and their impact on the mediation process
  • The mediation process is respected and the goal in coming to an agreement takes priority even in the face of conflict
  • Counsel and mediators understand their obligations, particularly in the face of the numerous potential ethical dilemmas

This OsgoodePD program was developed by a faculty of leading Canadian and international experts to provide valuable insights and practical tips for both mediators and counsel. It is a unique opportunity to have them all in one room. You will engage with the best and walk away with tools that you can immediately put to use in your practice.

Location: Osgoode Professional Development Centre, 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor, Toronto, ON

Fee:  $575 plus HST

For further details and registration visit:  www.osgoodepd.ca/upcoming_programs/evolution-of-mediation/

 


UpcomingScreening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance


  • April 25, 2018 - April 27, 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Offered by the Mediation Training Centre

April 25-27, 2018

The Mediation Training Centre is offering OAFM approved accreditation courses.  Join Christine Kim, Deborah Graham and Seema Jain, a diverse training team with over 50 years of combined mediation and training experience, and start helping families resolve disputes in sensible and creative ways.

For more exact course times, additional information, and to register  visit: www.mediationtrainingcentre.com. Early bird discounts available!

Download flyer below flyer for additional courses offered:

Mediation Training Centre Flyer – 2018



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