January 24 to 27 Meeting with Children -- Skills for Family Law Professionals
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
May 23 to 26 Meeting With Children - Lorri Yasenik and Jon Graham
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
June 11 and 12 The 2018 ADRBC Symposium - Passion, Purpose and Impact in Challenging Times
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]
Instructor: Arlene H. Henry, QC and guest presenters
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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 481-2046
Oct 12 Dealing With High Conflict Personalities – Simple strategies for resolving high conflict situations with high conflict people
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)
Michael J. Lomax — Michael Lomax Law Corporation, Victoria
Early Bird Pricing – Register by September 14
Articled student pricing available for in-person registration
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
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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Dec 5-6 Advanced Issues in High Conflict Child Custody Cases
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
January 13 or March 10 Recognizing Parental Alienation in High Conflict Divorce – Level 1
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.
May 11 and 12 Integrative Mediation Training
Diamond Ballroom at Vancouver Masonic Centre, Fourth Floor, 1495 West 8th Ave
Basic & Advanced: $695 and up
Basic only: $425 and up
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
June 12 and 13 2017 BCAMI Symposium
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.
Sept 14 Fundamentals of Canadian Family Law
Sept 15-16 Finding the Best Ways Forward
Oct 6 Recognizing Parental Alienation in High Conflict Divorce – Level 1
December 1 Meeting with Children: Introducing a Structured Approach
March 10 & 11 Assessments and Interventions: The Intersection of Family Law and Psychology
May 14 & 15 [3 hours] Access to Justice for Children Conference
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
November 27 Views of the Child Reports in Canada
Speaker: Professor Nick Bala
12:30 pm, Barristers Lounge, Fifth Floor, Courthouse Library, 850 Burdett Avenue, Victoria
December 4 Alienated Children in Family Law Disputes in British Columbia
2:00 pm, BC Courthouse Library, Boardroom, Third Floor, Vancouver
December 4 BC Hear the Child Society AGM
March 13 [6.5 hours] What they didn’t teach you in Law School about Parenting Time!
$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
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
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
September 18 CLEBC: Voice of the Child [8 hours]
[Day 3 of PC training] 50% discount for Members
October 22 to 24 [21 hours]
BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society presents:
Family Law for Professionals Other Than Lawyers
December 7 [8 hours] Communication Skills for Mediators and Arbitrators
December 9 BC Hear the Child Society Annual General Meeting
May 10 Roster Launch in Victoria
May 14 Roster Launch in Kelowna
May 16 Roster Launch in Vancouver
June 7 CBABC Seminar – re Hear the Child Reports
November 16 BC Hear the Child Society Annual General Meeting
November 9-10 CLEBC Children’s Participation in Family Justice Processes 2011
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.