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September 2019
VOL. 14 No. 9
AFCC Fall Conference
  • Fall Conference
  • CPM Model Competencies
  • Ask the Experts
  • Annual Conference
  • Webinar Corner
  • December Training Programs
Register for the AFCC Fall Conference!
Integrating Research into Practice and Policy:
The Impact on Families and Children
October 31-November 2, 2019
Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Early bird pricing ends September 30th
Register now and save! Early bird prices are available through the end of this month. Register online or call 608-664-3750.

Don't forget to reserve your hotel room!
The Omni William Penn is offering AFCC attendees a special rate of $155 per night for single or double occupancy. Rooms frequently sell out before the room block is released. We encourage you to make your reservation early! Make your reservation by calling 800-843-6664 and mentioning the group code AFCC or reserve online. The block will be released on October 8, 2019.

Exhibit and advertise at the conference
Exhibiting with AFCC is a great way to share your products and services with an interdisciplinary community of dedicated family law professionals. Exhibit space is limited and filling up. Read the prospectus and reserve your space today by contacting Gina Wentling at or at 608-664-3750. 
Register Today!
Child Protection Mediation (CPM) Model Mediator Competencies Available Now
The AFCC Board of Directors recently reviewed and endorsed the Child Protection Mediation Model Mediator Competencies at its annual meeting in May 2019. The CPM Model Mediator Competencies were developed by a diverse group of experts in the field of Child Protection Mediation. The Model Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities of effective CPM mediators. These Model Competencies provide a road map to create and deliver quality training with the goal that a skilled mediator will demonstrate these competencies on a regular and consistent basis.

Mediators and their programs may use model competencies to assess and enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities through mentoring, supervision, self-study, and self-assessment. The members of the CPM Model Mediator Competencies workgroup are: Laura Bassein, JD; Kelly Browe Olson, JD; Gregory Firestone, PhD; Marilou Giovannucci, MS; and Susan Storcel, JD.
Learn More
Ask the Experts

Top Tips for Parents on Early Intervention to Ensure Co-Parenting Success
Adam Colthorpe, Dads Unlimited, Ashford, England
In the last 20 years, researchers have identified the effects of parental conflict on children’s mental and physical health, school achievement, and employment opportunities. Children who are exposed to persistent and unresolved parental conflict are at a greater risk of early emotional and behavioural problems. Parenting programmes that incorporate the couple’s relationship seem to be more successful. One program offering guided discussion of parenting and relationship issues to parents of pre-schoolers over the course of 16 weeks had positive effects on parent-child relationships, children's adjustment to school, couple interaction quality, and couples' conflict levels. Positive effects were modest, but some persisted 10 years after the program took place.
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AFCC 57th Annual Conference News
When a Child Rejects a Parent: Are We Part of the Problem or the Solution?
May 27-30, 2020
New Orleans Marriott

Submit a proposal today!
AFCC is accepting proposals for 90-minute workshop sessions. Proposals must be submitted using the online form. Proposals are due no later than Wednesday, October 2, 2019. View the call for proposals.

Exhibit, Sponsor, or Advertise with AFCC!
The exhibitor prospectus for New Orleans is now available! Learn more about reserving exhibit space, advertising in the conference brochure, or sponsoring the conference at any level.

Confirming early lets you take advantage of lower prices, better table location, and more! Don't miss out on your chance to promote your business to AFCC members!
Learn More
AFCC 57th Annual Conference
Submit your proposal by October 2, 2019.
AFCC Training Programs
University of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
Essential Elements of Parenting Coordination
Debra K. Carter, PhD
December 2-3, 2019

Critical Issues in Child Custody
Philip M. Stahl, PhD, ABPP
December 4-5, 2019
AFCC Chapter Conferences

Florida Chapter Annual Conference
September 26-27, 2019
Orlando, Florida

Maryland Chapter Annual Conference
September 27, 2019
Hyattsville, Maryland

Indiana Chapter Annual Conference
October 4, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana

Wisconsin 2019 Annual Conference
October 4, 2019
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Colorado Chapter Annual Conference
October 11-13, 2019
Breckenridge, Colorado

Illinois Chapter Annual
October 11, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

Ontario Chapter Annual
October 18, 2019
Hamilton, ON, Canada

Arizona Chapter Annual Conference
January 24-26, 2020
Sedona, Arizona
Resource of the Month
AFCC Webinar Corner
Special Needs Children: A Risk Assessment Model for Developing Parenting Plans
Daniel B. Pickar, PhD, ABPP
October 16, 2019
1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US

Registration closes on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9:00am Eastern Time.

Family courts have seen a dramatic rise in children diagnosed with various types of neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and medical syndromes. Commonly recommended developmentally-based parenting plans may be inappropriate with many special needs children; therefore, family court professionals face complex challenges in crafting appropriate parenting plans. This webinar will focus on three of the most frequently encountered types of childhood conditions: autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, and depressive disorders. Presented will be a systematic approach to analyzing the risk and protective factors that should inform parenting plan arrangements with this varied population. 

Daniel B. Pickar, PhD, ABPP is board-certified child psychologist who conducts child custody evaluations, mediation, consultation to family law attorneys, and psycho-educational evaluations of children. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of child custody evaluation, mediation, special needs children in divorce, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody for 6 years. He regularly presents workshops at state and national AFCC and AAML conferences, and serves on both the conference and continuing education committees of AFCC.

Members: $15
Non-Members: $50
Certificate of Attendance
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
Attendees may purchase a certificate of attendance along with their registration. No refunds or credits will be issued for webinar cancellations.
Webinars will be archived as a member benefit, for personal use only. These can be found in the Member Center on our website. If you are not currently a member, join when you register to get $10 off your first annual membership as well as webinar registration at the member price.
Register today!
Training Programs on Parenting Coordination and Critical Issues in Child Custody 
University of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

Essential Elements of Parenting Coordination
Debra K. Carter, PhD
December 2-3, 2019

This training program presents a comprehensive overview of the definition, role, responsibilities, and function of the parenting coordinator. Parenting coordination is an out-of-court dispute resolution process designed to assist coparents in managing parenting disputes, minimize litigation, and shield the children from harmful interparental conflict. The integrated model of parenting coordination highlights factors leading to entrenched child-related disputes, the pathways and personalities that lead parents to enduring conflict, and specialized interventions to address intractable conflict. 
Critical Issues in Child Custody
Philip M. Stahl, PhD, ABPP
December 4-5, 2019

Developing parenting plans for separating and divorcing parents has become increasingly complex in recent years as new statutes, court rules, programs, practices, and research come to light. Is shared parenting always best for children? What about 50/50 presumptions? What is the impact of domestic violence or high conflict? What happens when one parent relocates or when special needs children are involved?
Register now!
Member News
Judge Thomas Trent Lewis, AFCC member in Los Angeles, California and supervising judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Family Law Division, announced that he will retire from the bench on December 18, 2019. Anyone who knows Thom knows that he intends to remain fully active in the family law field and looks forward to spending time with his wife, his two children, and his four grandchildren.

Judge Lewis has been a family law judge since his appointment to the Superior Court in 2006 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. From 2011-14, he was assistant supervising judge of the Family Law Division. His awards include the California Lawyer’s Association Family Law Judge of the Year Award, 2018; the Association of Family Law Specialist Hall of Fame Award, 2018; the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Stanley Mosk Legacy of Justice Award, 2017; the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Spencer Brandeis Award, 2015; and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter, Outstanding Jurist Award, 2010.

He is a past president of the California Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Congratulations, Thom!
Ron Silikovitz, PhD, AFCC member in West Orange, New Jersey and Founder and First President of AFCC's New Jersey chapter, is one of five psychologists awarded the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, the association’s highest honor, recognizes exceptional leadership in the form of enduring and exemplary contributions to NJPA, over a sustained period of time that, collectively, significantly enhanced the association’s ability to positively impact the lives and careers of its membership, as well as advancing the field of psychology in New Jersey, and beyond. The award will be presented at the New Jersey Psychological Association Fall Conference on November 1, 2019. Congratulations, Ron!
Do you have a professional achievement to share? Email Gina Wentling at with your story and a professional head shot (JPEG or PNG preferred), if you have one, to be featured in next month's Member News!
Where in the World is AFCC?
AFCC's hats can be found in all corners of the globe! Have a fall trip planned? Please post your picture in an AFCC hat (any version is fine) on social media using #AFCChats #whereintheworldisAFCC. See our Facebook album to view all AFCC hat pictures.

If you email your photo to AFCC, you will be entered into next year’s contest and we will add the photo to AFCC social media posts and our Facebook album. Just email your photo to with a subject line “AFCC hats.”

Qualifying photos must include a visible AFCC hat. The contest winner will be announced at AFCC's next annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, which will take place May 27-30, 2020. We hope to see you there!

See examples from AFCC members below!
The "Bronze Fonz" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
An anonymous AFCC member in Copenhagen, Denmark
Katina Kavassalis and her husband Ferdi at Lake Moraine in Alberta, Canada

The AFCC eNEWS is the monthly e-newsletter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. The eNEWS provides up-to-date information for professionals including practice tips, case law and research updates, international news, and the latest initiatives in family law and conflict resolution. The AFCC eNEWS is free and you do not need to be a member of AFCC to subscribe. Subscribe here.

AFCC members are free to share eNEWS content.

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