2016 AFCC-O Post Conference

Navigating The Steps To Family Resolutions: New Directions in a State of Uncertainty

October 20, 2016 Events

Location: Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, 30 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON

New Professionals Event, “Exploring Strategies for Clients with Mental Health Issues” 1:00 pm – 2:15 p.m.

Family law professionals who are new to this practice area often face challenges when representing or working with clients who suffer from mental health issues.  Knowing how to advise these clients and advocating on their behalf can be difficult.  Common questions include: How can I draft my client’s pleadings while protecting my client’s position? Is mediation appropriate? When should a client consent to a parenting capacity assessment? In what circumstances is it appropriate to request the involvement of the Public Guardian and Trustee, and what is the process involved?  Our engaging panel includes the Honourable Justice A. William Sullivan, Dr. Dan Ashbourne and enior legal counsel Paula McGirr.  From their unique vantage points our speakers will answer these questions (and more) while providing essential information to assist clients with mental health issues.

Pre-Conference Institute, “Expert Witnesses: Achieving Success in Examination and Cross Examination” 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

A mock examination, cross examination and re-examination will highlight the do’s and dont’s and pitfalls in the presentation of evidence by an expert witness.  Presented by: Harold Niman, Patrick Schmidt, Dr. Irwin Butkowsky, the Honourable Justice Debra Paulseth, and the Honourable Justice Heather McGee

October 21, 2016

AGM and 8th Annual Conference, “Navigating the Steps to Family Resolutins: New Directions in a State of Uncertainty”

Location: Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, ON 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

We are pleased to present our keynote address by Dr. Robin Deutsch, who will speak on the topic of: Big Issues, Baby Steps: Moving Difficult Cases to Resolution.  We are also excited about the balance of our program which includes sessions in the following areas: The Intersection of Parenting Time and Child Support; Protecting Yourself from the Difficult Client; Voice of the Child; Parental Estrangement: Identifying Risks and Early Interventions; Supervised Access; and our Annual Update of Important Child-Related Cases.

Our diverse groups of speakers includes: Alf Mamo, Andrea Himel, Brian Burke, Judy Newman, Kterine Kavassalis, Linda Chodos, Lucy McSweeney, Martha McCarthy, Philip Epstein, Professor Denise Whitehead, the Honourable Frances Kiteley, the Honourable Justice Gerri Lynn Wong, the Honourable Justice George Czutrin, the Honourable Justice Lise Parent, and the Honourable Justice Roselyn Zisman.

Registration for the above events are managed by our conference planner, Natalie Savage. This link directs you to our cVent information page where you can view further details about our events.  This is a direct link to our AFCC-O Cvent Registration page.  If you have questions please contact Natalie Savage at 416-255-2525 or email: natalie@the-planner.ca.

Don’t miss the presentation of the The Honourable Geraldine Waldman Award for Excellence in the Intersection of Family Law and Criminal Law Relating to Domestic Violence; and The Lorraine Martin Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution Awards during the Conference Lunch!

The LSUC has approved accreditation of our programs for CPD credits as follows:

October 20, 2016

Pre-Conference Institute  – 1 hour professionalism content; and 2 hours substantive content

The New Professionals Program – 1 hour and 15 minutes of substantive content

October 21, 2016 (full day attendance only):

Navigating the Steps to Family Resolutions: New Directions in a State of Uncertainty – 1 hour and 50 minutes of professionalism content; and 3 hours and 45 minutes of substantive content.

AFCC is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  This program has been approved for 5.5 hours.

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