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2018

January 24 to 27 Meeting with Children -- Skills for Family Law Professionals

Presenters: Dr. Lorri Yasenik and Jon Graham

Edmonton, AB

At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:
▪ Identify what it means to be child centred and non-evaluative when including children and youth of separated families and in child protection environments
▪ Engage in directive and non-directive ways of meeting with children and understand metaphor and projection as ways children show and tell you about their lived worlds
▪ Identify the four levels of child involvement and the cases in which each level is most appropriate
▪ Apply a methodology for each of the four levels to compare and contrast the presentation of cases at each level
▪ Make use of the Child and Youth Concerns Scale, the Parent Readiness Scale, and the Child and Youth Readiness Scale
▪ Be able to effectively provide feedback to parents and other third parties
▪ Understand the ethical implications of child-centred practice, and the challenges of child- centred strategies

Details

Registration

May 23 to 26 Meeting With Children - Lorri Yasenik and Jon Graham

Calgary SW
1314, 15th Ave South West Calgary


Meeting with Children places the meeting with a child as a central element in family mediation processes.

How do we create opportunities for children to describe their experience of their family life in the post separation world. How do children and young people want to speak with us? How do we get out of the way and just listen to what children have to say?

This course teaches play based and expressive techniques to create a safe space for sharing through metaphor. The course also teaches pathways for giving information back to parents in ways that honors the child's right to privacy.

Meeting with Children is a four day program. We cover:
  • Authentic listening and the child voice
  • Child development and attachment theory
  • Models for play based meetings with children
  • Five strategies for a child meeting
  • Meeting with parents and how to give feedback

More Information

June 11 and 12 The 2018 ADRBC Symposium - Passion, Purpose and Impact in Challenging Times

Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance)


The 2018 ADRBC Symposium brings together a progressive, dynamic group of professionals including arbitrators, mediators, lawyers, in-house counsels, HR professionals, corporate and other users of ADR services. The eclectic line-up of speakers presenting at the 2018 Symposium will explore a wide variety of topics related to the challenges, opportunities, new developments and the rapidly expanding role of ADR in the 21st century.

Roster members may register at a discount by choosing the “Co-operating Entities” registration option on the registration page.

June 20 CLEBC: Voice of the Child [7 hours]

Presented by: CLEBC
Instructor: Arlene H. Henry, QC and guest presenters

Vancouver, BC

Individuals seeking to apply to the BC Hear the Child Roster as a non-evaluative child interviewer can register for Day 3 of the 5 day PC training course which will focus on the “Voice of the Child”. The social science research on the benefits and cautions of listening to the voices of children and adolescents will be reviewed; and various ways the child’s voice can be obtained and integrated into different dispute resolution options will be identified, such as child representation, mediation, assessment, parenting coordination, and judicial processes. The factors related to the reliability of the input provided by children and adolescents, including interviewer bias, memory, suggestibility and maturity, will be discussed. Finally, a developmentally informed interview protocol will be introduced.

  • BC Hear the Child Society recognizes 7.0 hrs towards the child interview skills portion of the basic training;
  • BC Parenting Coordinator Roster Society recognizes 7.0 hrs towards their child interviewing portion of the PC basic training.


Details & Registration

Sep 13 & 14 Children Resisting Post-separation Contact: Concepts, Controversies, Assessment & Intervention

Instructor: Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., AccFM, FDRP PC

Toronto

This course is suitable for therapists, custody/access assessors, mediators, parenting coordinators, child protection workers and lawyers.

You will learn about:

  • the continuum of parent-child contact problems – affinities, alignments, justified (realistic estrangement), alienation & hybrid cases
    differentiating types & severity levels
  • a research update on the impact of alienation on children, adolescents & young adults
    assessment considerations
  • differentiated legal & clinical remedies for mild, moderate & severe cases
    the role of the court
  • the nuts & bolts of systemic family-based (reintegration) interventions (multi-faceted family therapy) for mild & some moderate cases, including referral management, screening & intake, informed consent process & contracting, psycho-educational tools & clinical interventions, strategies & techniques

Course Materials provided, include: power point handout, comprehensive resources/seminal articles (with some recommended readings provided in advance of training), screening & clinical intake checklists and questionnaires, sample orders, sample Family Therapy Intervention Agreement, intervention tool kit, Parent Education Handout Package & more.

Fees: $850.00 + $110.50 (HST) = $960.50
(includes light continental breakfast and health break snacks)

For more information and registration: Download the PDF

Contact Camilla Graziani at camilla.fidleradmin@bell.net (416) 481-2046

Oct 12 Dealing With High Conflict Personalities – Simple strategies for resolving high conflict situations with high conflict people

Instructor: Michael J. Lomax

Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver

Have you noticed more people engaging in “high conflict” behaviour these days? Someone yelling at a receptionist? A colleague who often gets into arguments and doesn’t take responsibility for their actions? A client who files multiple complaints over a miscommunication?

These types of behaviours are increasingly common, and as a legal professional, it is more important than ever to be able to manage individuals with high conflict personalities who repeat patterns of high conflict behaviours.

At this one-day workshop, you will learn the theory of high conflict behaviour, and explore skills and techniques to manage high conflict disputes. You will draw from your own experiences, refine your existing skill set, and practice new strategies, so that can you leave this course with insight and confidence when dealing with high conflict behaviour.

Join us and learn how to effectively clear up conflict today!

Law Society of BC CPD Hours
6.5 hours (a minimum of 1 hour will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care, and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Instructor
Michael J. Lomax — Michael Lomax Law Corporation, Victoria

Early Bird Pricing – Register by September 14
In-Person: $629
Articled student pricing available for in-person registration

Click here for more information

Nov 30 Trauma and its Impact on Children

Presenter: Kim Hetherington, B.Sc.

Kim is a social worker with MCFD in the Fraser Region who has developed an expertise in the science of childhood adversity and its impact on child’s development and functioning through her extensive research and training. Kim is training in Dr. Bruce D. Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Certification Program to continue to enhance her clinical skills. Kim’s social work experience has included child protection, family service, guardianship, resource social work, and Dispute Resolution Consultant. Kim supports East and South Fraser in her role as a Guardianship/Children & Youth with Special Needs Consultant. Kim also provides trauma informed care support as a coach for the Complex Care Intervention Program in East Fraser.

Date: Fri, Nov 30; 10am – 3:30pm (registration begins at 9:30am)
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

How do we view trauma and its impact on a child’s ability to express their views in a Hear the Child Interview? What about the impact of trauma of the child and the development and function of their brain and its long-term effects into adulthood? How do we ask questions in a way to get to the child’s experience in separation and divorce?

This workshop will examine separation and divorce as one type of trauma; trauma of experience and not simply an event. It will explore how the stress of the experience triggers the brain based response system (the flight, flight or freeze response) and can impact a child’s brain development and function. With this understanding, and through examples, it will assist in the creation of a developmentally sensitive plan for the meeting with a child to enable the child to express their true views as clearly as possible. It will support a further understanding of how a trauma inspired practice is a universal approach that can be used in all contexts and situations regardless of how much one knows of the experience of the individual.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Discuss the types of trauma and the brain based response system
  • Identify the impacts of trauma on children, their brain development and ability to express themselves
  • Provide options and examples for meetings with the children
  • Explore trauma inspired practice and its more general application
  • WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Hear the Child Roster members
  • Parenting Coordinator Roster members
  • Collaborative Professionals
  • Mediators
  • Family Law Therapists/ Assessors
  • Children’s Lawyers
  • Registration Form

    Dec 5-6 Advanced Issues in High Conflict Child Custody Cases

    Instructor: Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP,

    University of Baltimore, Hilda and Michael Bogomolny Room, Student Center, Fifth Floor

    This training program will focus on three areas of complex child custody work for new and experienced evaluators, attorneys, judges, parenting coordinators, and family therapists. Topics will include: assessing and managing difficult clients including those with mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, and personality disorders; assessment of intimate partner violence and effects on children, parenting, and co-parenting; an introduction to addressing children’s resistance or refusal to have contact with a parent.

    For more information, please view the PDF



    2017


    January 13 or March 10 Recognizing Parental Alienation in High Conflict Divorce – Level 1

    Facilitated by: Terri Rypkema, RCC
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm, UBC Robson Square
    In this introductory course, participants discovered the basic characteristics and causes of Parental Alienation Syndrome; and learned how to recognize parental alienation in families going through a high-conflict divorce involving child custody concerns.
    Details

    May 11 and 12 Integrative Mediation Training

    9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration 8:30am)
    Diamond Ballroom at Vancouver Masonic Centre, Fourth Floor, 1495 West 8th Ave
    Basic & Advanced: $695 and up
    Basic only: $425 and up
    Details

    May 11 and 12 Access to Justice for Children Conference: Child Rights in Action


    9:00 am to 4:30 pm BOTH DAYS
    Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    or attend via Live Webinar
    Presented by CLEBC

    Hear the Child Society: 5 hours of course content has been approved as applicable towards the 17 hours of Additional Training required for admission to the BC Hear the Child Interviewer Roster

    Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 13.5 hours
    Details

    June 12 and 13 2017 BCAMI Symposium

    Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU
    580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance)

    The 2017 BCAMI Symposium brings together a progressive, dynamic group of professionals including arbitrators, mediators, lawyers, in-house counsels, HR professionals, corporate and other users of ADR services. The eclectic line-up of speakers presenting at the 2017 Symposium will explore a wide variety of topics related to the challenges, opportunities, new developments and the rapidly expanding role of ADR in the 21st century.

    Roster members may register at a discount by choosing the “Cooperating Entities” registration option on the registration page.

    December 1 Meeting with Children: Introducing a Structured Approach

    Presenter: Lorri Yasenik Ph.D.

    Fri, Dec 1; 9am – 4:30pm at The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, BC

    This one-day training will focus on non-evaluative meetings with children. How do we create opportunities for children to describe their experiences of family and social life post separation? How do children and young people want to speak with us? How do we get out of the way of leading the child and hear what children have to say?

    Details

    Registration Form


    2016


    March 10 & 11 Assessments and Interventions: The Intersection of Family Law and Psychology

    There is an Early bird rate of $800 for Mental Health Professionals, ask for the reduced MHP rate (expires Thursday February 11, 2016). The Conference has been approved for 6 hours towards the 17 hours of Additional Training required for admission to the BC Hear the Child Interviewer Roster. Details


    2015


    May 14 & 15 [3 hours] Access to Justice for Children Conference

    Speakers: Various
    Presented by CLEBC
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm (both days), Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    The Conference has been approved for:
    • 3 hours towards the 17 hours of Additional Training required for admission to the BC Hear the Child Interviewer Roster
    Details

    November 27 Views of the Child Reports in Canada

    Presented by: The Victoria Family Law Section, CBABC
    Speaker: Professor Nick Bala
    12:30 pm, Barristers Lounge, Fifth Floor, Courthouse Library, 850 Burdett Avenue, Victoria
    Details

    December 4 Alienated Children in Family Law Disputes in British Columbia

    Speaker: John-Paul Boyd
    2:00 pm, BC Courthouse Library, Boardroom, Third Floor, Vancouver
    Details

    December 4 BC Hear the Child Society AGM

    1:30 pm [AGM Notice & Agenda]


    2014


    March 13 [6.5 hours] What they didn’t teach you in Law School about Parenting Time!

    9:00 am to 4:00 pm, The Listel Hotel
    $250 plus GST for a total of $262.50
    Notice of CLE

    June 19-20 [14 hours] BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society
    Civil Procedure for Parenting Coordinators

    Presented by Terry Harris
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, The Blue Horizon Hotel
    Notice of Course

    September 30 [6 hours] Listening to Children’s Voices in Separation and Divorce Processes: A Semi-Structured Interview Model

    Speaker: Dr. Joan Kelly
    Presented by BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society
    9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
    Course Flyer and Registration Form


    2013


    September 18 CLEBC: Voice of the Child [8 hours]

    Dr Barbara Jo Fidler
    [Day 3 of PC training] 50% discount for Members
    Details

    October 22 to 24 [21 hours] BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society presents:
    Family Law for Professionals Other Than Lawyers

    Instructor: John-Paul Boyd

    December 7 [8 hours] Communication Skills for Mediators and Arbitrators

    Course Provided By: Lisa Alexander and Darrin Hotte
    Course Flyer

    December 9 BC Hear the Child Society Annual General Meeting

    [Notice of AGM & Agenda]


    2012


    May 10 Roster Launch in Victoria

    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Brown Henderson Melbye
    Details

    May 14 Roster Launch in Kelowna

    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Pushor Mitchell LLP
    Details

    May 16 Roster Launch in Vancouver

    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Law Courts Inn Restaurant
    Details

    June 7 CBABC Seminar – re Hear the Child Reports

    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Kamloops
    Details

    November 16 BC Hear the Child Society Annual General Meeting



    2011


    November 9-10 CLEBC Children’s Participation in Family Justice Processes 2011

    9:00 am to 4:30 pm, UBC Robson Square
    BC Hear the Child Society Members will receive a $50 discount on the registration fee for the two-day course. To take advantage of this discount offer, become a member.
    Details