WA AFCC Mission Statement
Chapter shall carry out the mission of AFCC at the local level. The Chapter’s
mission shall be consistent with that of AFCC and as expressed in these Bylaws.
The mission of WA AFCC is as follows: AFCC is an interdisciplinary,
international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of
children and families through the resolution of family conflict.
WA AFCC is part of that larger
organization and promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of
children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging
education, research and innovation and identifying evidence-based practices. Its
membership includes judges, lawyers, mediators, evaluators, mental health
professionals, academics, researchers, court administrators, and public policy
AFCC is a 501c3 organization that is registered in the State of Washington as a
charitable educational community organization. Please consider donating here
using the PayPal link in order to assist us in our efforts to help children and
families in times of crisis. Your donation assists us in serving to train those who work with families in the court system. We thank you for your kind
Calendar to Attend our Fifth Annual Conference to be held on Saturday, March
7th, 2015 at the Washington Athletic Club
Parenting Predicaments: Washington's Policy
and Practice Concerns
will be held with several top experts in the field. Among these notable
presenters are attorney J.
Herbie DiFonzo, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law at Hofstra
University and author of two books including Beneath the Fault Line: The
Popular and Legal Culture of Divorce in 20th Century America. He is the
co-reporter and editor of the AFCC special issue on Shared Parenting which
emerged from the AFCC Think Tank (Family Court Review, April 2014). He will
address Shared Parenting: Research, Policy and
Also on the
agenda is Mindy Mitnick, Ed.D., M.A.
who will present on the Special Needs of Never Married Parents.
(Mindy Mitnick, Left; Christine Coastes,
excited to have Christine Coates, J.D.,
a renowned expert on Parenting Coordination, Mediation, High Conflict and ADR
who will present on Parenting Coordination and Other Innovations for High
Afternoon sessions will include speakers
such as Dr. Carl McCurley, Manager of the WA State Center for Court Research
who has published data on the Residential Time Patterns in Washington custody
cases. He will present on Parenting Plans in
Practice: Best Available Evidence.
(Dr. Carl McCurley, left; Paul Battan, J.D.,
Also on hand
will be local attorney Paul Battan, J.D.
presenting on the Interface between Family Law and Criminal
Law. And rounding out the sessions will
be a panel presentation by Alyson Jones, M.A., et al
from Vancouver, BC entitled Moving Families Forward: A
Coordinated Re-Unification Response to Parental Alienation, Estrangement, and
Sure to Mark Your Calendar for the Event
March 7th 2015
Materials Available in January
CLE and CE
credits under review by WSBA, WA NASW, and AFCC/APA
Silent Auction and
Fund-Raiser Reception Immediately Following the Conference
recent past annual Conference was held on
March 15, 2014
Over 100 of your colleagues attended the Fourth Annual WA AFCC
Conference at the Washington Athletic Club
of Family Law
Morning Plenary Sessions were
Dr. Philip Stahl (author of Forensic
Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation with co-author Dr. Robert
Simon) presenting with Stacy Heard, J.D. on
Deconstructing Child Custody Evaluations
Dr. Leslie Drozd (author
of Parenting Plan and Child Custody Evaluations: Using Decision Trees to
Increase Evaluator Competence and Avoid Preventable Errors, co-author with Dr.
Nancy Olesen and Dr. Michael Saini) presenting
on Decision Trees for Complex Parenting Plan Assessments
There was a Full Afternoon of 90
minute Workshops on topics such as Reducing Confirmatory
Bias (Rybicki, Benjamin and McGlothin), Using a
Sex-Pert (Keilin and Wheeler), What Drives
Conflict (Baumann), The Pros and
Cons of Shared Parenting (Fainsilber Katz, Wheeler, Hutchins-Cook), Child
Sexual Abuse Risk Assessment (Lee), and Current
Advances in Relocation Case Analysis
(Stahl, Drozd, Heard).
-- Silent Auction and
Fund-Raiser Reception which followed the Conference
the Speakers at the Top of the WAC
The Program was approved for up to 6.0 hour of Continuing Education Credit (CLE, CE hours) by WSBA and by WA NASW.
Psychologists may earn 6.0 hours of CE Credit as well.
The AFCC parent organization
is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing
education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and
Materials are still available at the following link
and MP3 recordings of Conference Sessions are
at the following link