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UpcomingThe Fundamentals of Parenting Coordination


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

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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

 

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UpcomingAdvanced Issues for Family Law and Dispute Resolution Professionals


  • December 7, 2020 - December 8, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This program addresses the challenges often associated with the most intractable family disputes, including intimate partner violence, parent-child contact  problems (including parental alienation), substance misuse, mental health disorders, and working with children in dispute resolution and evaluative processes.  The program takes place in two segments per day, two hours each. Registration includes access to recordings of all training program sessions. Presenters will examine how to address these difficult challenges, including: the dynamics of intimate partner violence in parenting time disputes; the continuum  for parent-child contact problems (including affinity, alignment, realistic estrangement, and parental alienation); the effects of substance misuse and mental illness on the family system; and when and how to involve children in the dispute resolution process. Presenters will share the latest and most relevant research, while examining the many controversies related to these issues from multiple perspectives.

The Advanced Issues training program is eligible for eight 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


UpcomingParenting Plans & Legislative Reforms


  • January 27, 2021
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

Hosted by the Kingston workgroup

Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory

 For Lawyers, Mediators, Social Workers, Psychologists, and interested professionals

  • New approaches or just new words?
  • Bill 207 (CLRA Reforms) & Bill C-78 (Divorce Act Reform), in force March 1, 2021
  • AFCC-O Guide and Template
  • Incorporating Plans into Court Orders
  • Initial Plans and Review

Speakers

Chair: Ms. Karla McGrath – Queen’s Family Law Clinic

Prof. Nicholas Bala, Faculty of Law, Queen’s Law

Justice Deborah Swartz, Ontario Superior Court (Family, Kingston)

Hilary Warder, Kingston Family Lawyer

Ms. Vicky Visca, Mediation Service

Mitch Fallis, Clinician and Office of the Children’s Lawyer

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

Admission is without charge, but you must be registered to get the Zoom link.  Those who want to attend are required to register by sending an email to: kingstonafcco@gmail.com

 

Opportunity for questions & comments.  Feel free to send the questions in advance to kingstonafcco@gmail.com


UpcomingMission Possible: Responses to Difficult Client Positions


  • December 8, 2020
    4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Presented by

AFCC-O

and

York Region Law Association

Presenters

Maxine M. Kerr, Family Law & Mediation, Aurora, AFCC-O Secretary

Dr. Shely Polak, PhD (Social Work), York Region, AFCC-O President

Chair and Presenter

Justice Andrea Himel, Superior Court of Justice, Family Branch (Newmarket)

Technical Support

Vicky Ringuette, Lawyer, Mediator & Coach, Hamilton

Program Description

We will explore the following questions as they relate to difficult client positions:

  • How can family lawyers and mediators support clients to move from unreasonable to reasonable positions?
  • In the context of child protection matters, how to respond when the Society, the parents and/or kin adopt difficult positions respecting placement and/or access?
  • What are the three steps to successful advocacy and dispute resolution? How do we measure success?
  • To what extent are the children’s best interests, as well as their views and wishes, relevant to their parents’ positions in the dispute?
  • When are social science articles and education materials of assistance?
  • How will clients be impacted by the upcoming Divorce Act amendments?
  • What is the role of concessions and mandated reasonableness?
  • Are there best (or at least better) responses to the following case scenarios:
    • Unmarried co-parents of a baby
    • 60/40 cases – Addressing the elephant in the room (time vs. child support)
    • A request to relocate at the initial application or motion to change stage;
  • Covid-19 – Is this the ultimate test of reasonable/unreasonable behaviour?

Lawyers can count 1.5 hours CPD

Cost
Members of AFCC-O Chapter and YRLA: Free
Non-Members: $25


 


ExpiredFDRIO Conference: Foundations to Mastery

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  • November 16, 2020
    9:15 am - 5:30 pm

AFCC-O is a proud sponsor of this event.

FDRIO’s most ambitious, relevant and affordable conference is taking place virtually on November 16th – the program this year is outstanding!

FDRIO AGM and awards start the day and FMC AGM and awards wrap up the day.

Our keynote, Moya Teklu, will guide you through a dynamic and relevant discussion on anti-racism with a perspective of family law.

The day continues with 3 break-out sessions and participants will individualize this part of the program by choosing topics from four streams: Substantive, Professionalism, Financial and Practice Management. Here are a few of the topics:

 Leading US mediators on evolving practices in mediation
 Recognizing and addressing inherent bias in our practices
 Family law and bankruptcy update
 Managing domestic violence risks in a post-covid practice
 Navigating the range of certified financial professionals to help your clients
 Marketing your practice effectively in 2020
 Advanced tips in mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination from a cross-Canada panel
 Leading researchers and practitioners in hearing the child’s voice
 Top financial professionals in post-covid financial topics and
 Technology tips from experienced practitioners.
 The day closes with a plenary session: a panel will explore the recent trends in FDR complaints.

Visit the FDRIO Conference website for more information and to register.


ExpiredWEBINAR: Decisional Capacity: What is it and why is it important to understand

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  • November 23, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speakers:

Christine Vanderschoot, Principal at Vanderschoot Family Law PC
Dr. Venera C. Bruto, Ph.D., C. Psych.- Neuropsychologist & Designated Capacity Assessor

Program Description:

Whether you are a Judge, a mediator/arbitrator, lawyer working in family law or you are a social worker, psychologist or other mental health professional providing clinical service to adults involved in family matters, a client’s decisional capacity will impact your work.

Our panel will:

  1. Provide a brief overview of the types of decisional capacity – e.g.:
    1. capacity to make decisions about property
    2. capacity to name an attorney for property
    3. capacity to retain & instruct counsel
    4. capacity to marry / divorce
    5. capacity to consent to treatment
  2. Describe how different types of decisional capacity can be relevant to legal and mental health practitioners working with adults involved in family matters
  3. Describe how psychiatric illness & cognitive impairment relate to capacity / incapacity
  4. Describe key issues in understanding decisional capacity
    1. If my client is incapable of naming an attorney for property – is he/she therefore incapable of instructing counsel?
    2. Is capacity time-specific
    3. Is capacity assessment a test?
    4. Are all incapacities created equal – different thresholds / legal tests
  5. Strategic insight on safeguarding clients’ interests from a capacity standpoint
    1. What to look for – Common triggers / reasons to query decisional capacity
    2. What to do – how capacity issues may affect your family law matter
    3. Case examples illustrating capacity in a family law context

Provincially regulated: In Ontario, the PGT and Substitute Decisions Act, The Mental Health Act, The Health Care Consent Act

Lawyers’ liability and Rules of Professional Conduct and Best Practices

Approved for 1 hour CPD

Venue:  


ExpiredPandemic Parenting: Raising COVID-19 to challenge access and other parenting decisions.

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  • November 9, 2020
    4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Lawyers and Court Workers Welcome

311 Open Bar Series

Presents

Pandemic Parenting: Raising COVID-19 to challenge access and other parenting decisions.

 

 Chair:    Justice Andrea Himel, Superior Court of Justice

Speakers:

Kate Kehoe, Barrister and Solicitor

Cheryl Buehler, Director, Legal Operations, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Julia Tremain, Partner/Family Lawyer, Waddell Phillips

Where:            Online through ZOOM

When:              Monday, November 9, 2020

From:               4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This program will explore the law that has developed out of the issues that the courts have had to grapple with since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in domestic family and child protection cases. The panel will also address how the pandemic has changed the delivery of justice in some important ways that concern access to justice and advocacy in the virtual courtroom.

This program has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism by the Law Society of Ontario. This program has also been approved for a Risk Management Credit by LawPRO.

Cost of Admission: FREE.

This is a continuing education program NOT open to the public.

You must register in advance through the Family Lawyers Association at:  familylawassociation@gmail.com. You will be sent a link and password to join the program. Please indicate your profession in your email. Deadline for registration is November 3, 2020.


ExpiredPre-Conference Virtual Event

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  • October 15, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This year’s AFCC-O Chapter Social is from the comfort of your own home. On Thursday October 15, 2020 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM please join us to network, socialize and connect while we talk about and support one another on how people are grappling with family law in a COVID-19 world.  It is an opportunity for lawyers, judges, mental health professionals, mediators from all over our province to meet and discuss the impact of COVID-19.

We will be offering three breakout room options for people to discuss challenges and strategies and information on practicing family law in a pandemic, facilitated by leaders in the field. We hope you can join us for some socializing and discussion virtual style: BYOB this year, of course! So grab a snack, a drink, and come meet some colleagues and friends.


Agenda

Group Networking Activity

Self-Directed Visits to Breakout Rooms

  1. Impact on Court Proceedings: facilitated by Justice Phil Clay, Justice Andrea Himel, and Archana Medhekar

  2. Impact on Arbitration/Mediation Processes: facilitated by Aaron Franks, Jennifer Suzor, and Christine Kim

  3. Impact on Therapeutic and Assessment Activities: facilitated by Dr. Kim Harris, Andrea Barclay and Andrea Jones.

Participants can remain in the same breakout room for the duration of the evening, or move to another room(s) to join a different conversation. Upon registration, attendees will be asked to indicate the room in which they wish to BEGIN the evening. 


ExpiredAFCC’s 14th Symposium on Child Custody

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  • The Future of Child Custody: Stacking the Deck in Favor of Children
    November 9, 2020 - November 13, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
What happens in Vegas… is going virtual! To protect the safety and wellbeing of all participants, AFCC will present the 14th Symposium on Child Custody online.

The symposium will consist of two pre-symposium institutes, 20 workshops, and two plenary sessions, held in a virtual format, November 9-13, 2020 (or November 10-14, depending on your time zone).

Register early and save! 

For the best conference registration rate, register by October 12, 2020. Registration and payment must be received or postmarked by October 12th to take advantage of this reduced rate. Early registration is always encouraged; space is limited.

REGISTER HERE

 

Apply for a scholarship

Thanks to generous donations from AFCC members, AFCC is able to provide a limited number of scholarships to attend the virtual symposium. Scholarships include one pre-symposium institute, conference registration, and a certificate of attendance. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Apply online.

Promote your business to symposium attendees

Attendees at AFCC events include the decision-makers responsible for selecting programs and products for agencies, firms, and courts. Typically, we offer businesses the opportunity to exhibit at AFCC events to share their products and services with attendees. In the virtual format, we are excited to offer businesses exposure on the conference website, including a logo and website link on the conference main page, plus a logo, description, and links to your website and additional resources on the sponsors page.

Contact Gina Wentling at gwentling@afccnet.org for details and pricing.


ExpiredAFCC Flash Webinar Series on Parenting Coordination

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  • August 25, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • August 27, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • September 1, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • September 3, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Featuring authors from the Family Court Review July 2020 Special Issue on Parenting Coordination

For more information and to register, visit the AFCC event page



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