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UpcomingBills C78 and 207: Reforming the Law & Changing the Culture – Webinar


  • April 8, 2021
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

 a joint presentation of AFCC-O and York Region Law Association

Speakers

Professor Nicholas Bala
Archana Medhekar
Aaron Franks

Moderators

Dr. Shely Polak
Justice Andrea Himel

The parenting provisions of Canada’s Divorce Act (Bill C-78) and Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act (Bill 207) are being amended, with new provisions in effect as of March 1, 2021. The reforms introduce new parenting terminology, and encourage the use of parenting plans and non-court family dispute resolution. The new laws include provisions to better recognize family violence and better address parental relocation. The reforms have significant implications for all who work in the family justice field, as they are intended to affect both practice in the courts and the “culture of divorce”

Our esteemed panel will share their opinions in response to the following questions:

  • Will the legislative changes have a significant impact family law professionals and our clients?
  • How can we reconcile parenting plans with the Court’s duty to make “orders”?
  • What factors may be most significant in relocation cases?
  • Will it be more/less difficult for parents to relocate – within Ontario, nationally, internationally?
  • How will domestic violence considerations affect outcomes?
  • What is the role for family law professionals in identifying and responding to risk?

 


UpcomingJustice Online – a Family Law Focussed Presentation – Webinar


  • March 9, 2021
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 9 @ 2:30

Webinar link and any presentation materials will be sent to registrants the day before the event.

The presentation will consist of:

  • An overview of Justice Services Online and its various offerings
  • Focus on Family Claims Online vs. Family Submissions Online
  • Live Demo
  • Questions period


Presenters

Paul Valenti

Consulting Manager of Family Operations with Court Services Division, Ministry of the Attorney General.

Paul has been with Court Services since 2005 and has worked in the courts as well as with the corporate office.

In addition to supporting various modernization initiatives, Paul participates on CSD’s technical and policy tables which consists of management members from across the province, representatives from the Offices of the Chief Justices of the Ontario and Superior Courts and other institutional offices such as the Family Responsibility Office and Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Elise Cattani

Associate of Family Operations with Court Services Division, Ministry of the Attorney General.

Elise has been with Court Services since 2011 and has worked at various courts as well as the corporate office.

In addition to providing support in managing day-to-day business, Elise also provides technical and procedural support to both the public and court users of our various modernization initiatives.

Justin Di Giacinto

Justin is a Business Process Improvement Analyst with the Project Implementation Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG). In his 10 years with MAG, Justin has held a variety of roles in court operations spanning over multiple business lines including Family, Civil, Small Claims and Criminal. His expertise has assisted in the area of service design as MAG aspires to improve its online presence and increase its online service offerings. Through a user-centric design approach, Justin spends the bulk of his time speaking to users, analyzing feedback and making recommendations on how to improve MAG’s digital court services.

 Angela Fajardo

Business Process Improvement Analyst, previously a Subject Matter Expert in Civil since January 2019 at the Project Implementation Branch/Corporate Services Management  Division, Ministry of the Attorney General. Angela has several years experience working as a Client Services Representative at the Civil Intake office with the Ministry of the Attorney General along with other positions in the Civil Trial Office, Family Law office and the Enforcement office.

Angela supports the Civil and Small Claims Court through UAT, process improvement and participates in the Justice Services Online initiatives.

 

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Upcoming2021 Annual Conference


  • October 15, 2021
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tentative Location
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON  M4W 2G8


ExpiredChildren Killed in the Context of Domestic Violence: Lessons Learned from Tragedies

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  • February 12, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration closes February 11, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time US
Children Killed in the Context of Domestic Violence: Lessons Learned from Tragedies

Although child homicides are relatively rare events, many of these deaths appear predictable and preventable with hindsight. Some of this hindsight has come from various death review processes across Canada, the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand that have developed in the past decade. These reviews by interdisciplinary committees shed light on what transpired and how to prevent the same outcome in similar circumstances in the future. These reviews often highlight patterns of known risk factors prior to the homicide as well as shortcomings in inter-agency collaboration with health, social services, and education and justice professionals. There may be multiple systems and organizations who miss opportunities to share information and develop effective intervention strategies in the community and the justice system. This presentation outlines the often-repeated lessons learned from these tragedies that include the need for enhanced professional and public education to save children’s lives. Future directions are discussed in terms of the need for better risk assessment, safety planning and risk management by legal and mental health professionals with a special focus on child custody and parenting disputes.

This webinar is eligible for up to one hour of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

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

Dr. Peter Jaffe is a psychologist and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University and the Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children. He is the Director Emeritus for the London Family Court Clinic, which a children’s mental health centre is specializing in issues that bring children and families into the justice system in London, Ontario. He has co-authored eleven books, 29 chapters and over 80 articles related to domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, homicide prevention and the role of the criminal and family justice systems. For the past 40 years, he has presented workshops across the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Europe to various groups including judges, lawyers, health, mental health professionals and educators. He was a founding member of Ontario’s Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. Dr. Peter Jaffe co-leads the The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP). CDHIPIVP is a five-year SSHRC partnership grant (2015-2020) that explores the unique needs of Indigenous, immigrant and refugee, rural, remote, and northern communities, and children exposed to domestic violence.


ExpiredClaims and Counterclaims in Parental Alienation Research

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  • January 26, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Registration closes January 25, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time US

Claims and Counterclaims in Parental Alienation Research: What’s a Family Court Professional To Do?
Recent research conducted by Professor Joan Meier (2019) and Drs. Jennifer Harmon and Demosthenes Lorandos (2020) appears to be based on the same data but comes to diametrically opposite conclusions about the impact of allegations of parental alienation on court decisions. This creates enormous challenges for professionals who are trying to keep up with the research literature and practice in a responsible and informed manner. This AFCC webinar will offer a look at these studies from the perspective of a co-founder of an intensive intervention, an advocate and expert in intimate partner violence, and a researcher who has studied this issue extensively. The presenters will examine the practical, methodological, and ideological issues related to cases with resist-refuse dynamics and the studies specifically.

Robin Deutsch, PhD, ABPP, Wellesley, MA
Peter Jaffe, PhD, Univ. of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Michael Saini, PhD, Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA


ExpiredApologies in Difficult Family Situations

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  • January 19, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration closes January 18, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time US
Apologies in Difficult Family Situations

A sincere and timely apology can be a powerful tool to resolve conflict and pave the way for positive communication, though apologies do not always result in forgiveness.  Based on a review of empirical evidence, approaches for integrating apologies in difficult family situations will be discussed and practical strategies to help families deliver meaningful apologies to help repair relationships will be provided.

This webinar is eligible for up to one hour of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

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

Robin Deutsch, PhD, ABPP, is the former Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College (www.williamjames.edu/cffc). Previously she was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, most recently as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology. Dr. Deutsch is a child and family forensic psychologist, mediator, parenting coordinator, and is board certified in couple and family psychology. She developed and currently teaches the Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues at William James College and is a founder of Overcoming Barriers, an organization that provides family-centered services for families in conflict. She is the past president of the Massachusetts chapter of AFCC, past president of AFCC, and former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee.  Dr. Deutsch is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: and How to Talk about Them Anyway (Ballantine, 2005, 2011and co-editor of the book Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, Alienation (Oxford, 2016).


ExpiredThe Fundamentals of Parenting Coordination

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  • November 30, 2020 - December 3, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

This program will include a comprehensive overview of the PC process, including definition of the role, responsibilities, and function of the parenting coordinator;  an overview of family dynamics; specific PC strategies, techniques, and interventions; implications of intimate partner violence; cultural considerations;  ethical issues; and use of technology. Participants will learn about the parenting coordinator’s scope of authority, strategies to help parents improve cooperation and communication, how to help  clients utilize the process, and how to effectively write recommendations or decisions.

The Fundamentals of Parenting Coordination training program is eligible for 16 hours of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The Fundamentals of Parenting Coordination training program and the Advanced Issues training program are approved by the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Administrative Office for credits used toward fee generating appointment Category V – Parenting Coordination. A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees. Attendees may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance and apply for continuing education in their jurisdiction. Each attendee’s certificate will reflect the training hours viewed live only.

Training Team: Debra K. Carter, PhD Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP Barbara Fidler, PhD, C.Psych Mindy F. Mitnick, EdM, MA Matthew J. Sullivan, PhD

 

REGISTER HERE



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