A brand new two-day course, “Assessments and Interventions: The Intersection of Family Law and Psychology,” is coming to the Pan Pacific in Vancouver, British Columbia in March. The course is being put on by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC and the course chairs are myself and Morag MacLeod, a noted Vancouver family law lawyer, and Alyson Jones, a well-known registered clinical counsellor based in West Vancouver. Morag frequently presents for groups including CLEBC and the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. Alyson teaches at the Adler University and presents for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Here’s how the promo material from CLEBC describes the course:
This two-day course, taught by a multidisciplinary faculty of expert lawyers, judges, psychologists, and clinical counsellors, will provide insights and practical guidance on how psychology intersects with family law disputes.
Day 1 will feature a discussion of childhood developmental psychology, how to craft age-appropriate parenting plans, how children experience separation and conflict, and judicial and therapeutic interventions in family law disputes.
On Day 2, experts’ forensic reports on children and parenting and the legal and scientific standards that apply to them will be critically examined. The second day will also address the causes of and potential remedies for children’s reluctance to visit a parent after separation, focusing on parental alienation and child estrangement.
Other esteemed faculty include:
- Dr. Phil Stahl, forensic psychologist licensed in Arizona, California and Michigan and author of Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation: A Handbook for Work Product Review, Case Preparation, and Expert Testimony
- Professor Nicholas Bala of the Queen’s University Faculty of Law and author of Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact: A Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals
- The Honourable Mr. Justice Abrioux, of the Supreme Court of British Columbia
- Drs. Nicole Aubé, Michael Elterman, Mary Korpach and Rebecca St. Clere England, all prominent psychologists practicing in the Lower Mainland
- Lawyers Nikki Charleton, Jesse Desilets, David Dundee, George Gordon and Jonathan Lazar of the Lower Mainland, and lawyer Suzanne Williams of Victoria
This is going to be an excellent course. It is designed for a multidisciplinary audience of lawyers, mental health professionals, mediators, arbitrators, parenting coordinators and judges, and will be relevant for anyone practicing in Canada or the United States whose work involves separating and separated families.
10 and 11 March 2016
Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver
Early bird rate until 11 February 2016
$1,030 regular, in person
$575 students, in person
$910 live broadcast webinar
Rate after 11 February 2016
$1,140 regular, in person
$635 students, in person
$1,010 live broadcast webinar
Special reduced pricing is available for mental health professionals, contact the customer service department
John-Paul Boyd is the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. The Institute is a federally-incorporated charity established in 1987 and is affiliated with the University of Calgary.