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  Washington Chapter


Washington AFCC is an extension of the international organization of AFCC, an association dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

To visit the International AFCC's web site www.afccnet.org


The Washington AFCC is a fully Chartered Chapter in the national organization. We received that distinction in 2012.  

WA AFCC members come together at annual meetings and conferences in our state and join in the international conferences and training programs to create a unique opportunity to belong to a worldwide network of professionals and to participate in an international exchange of information and expertise. AFCC members are committed to developing and refining innovative techniques to assist families in resolving their disputes, including:

  • Custody and Divorce Mediation
  • Parent Education
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Litigation
  • Parent Coordination
  • Child Protection and Dependency Mediation
  • Judicial Settlement Conferences
  • Special Masters and Parenting Coordinators
  • Mental Health Counseling & Forensics
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Supervised Visitation

WA AFCC Mission Statement (From ByLaws)

The 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 makers.  


WA 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 consideration. 

Call for Presenters

We are currently planning for our 2015 Annual Conference to be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at the Washington Athletic Club

The program is being developed at present and we are seeking proposals for training sessions, workshops, panel discussions and presentations.

The Conference theme is:

Shared Parenting Predicaments: Washington's Policy and Practice Concerns

For Details on Submitting a Proposal please use the following 

Link for Presenter Proposal Information

We have lined up plenary sessions with some notable presenters. We are pleased to have 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).

Also on the agenda is Mindy Mitnick, Ed.D., M.A. who will present on the Special Needs of Never Married Parents.


We are 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 Conflict Cases


Break Out 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. 

Also on hand will be Paul Battan, J.D. presenting on the Interface between Family Law and Criminal Law.


The remainder of the program is still in development, so this is a good time to consider submitting a proposal for a break-out session, panel discussion or other presentation. 

Be Sure to Mark Your Calendar for the Event

Saturday, March 7th 2015



Our most recent past annual Conference was held on

Saturday, March 15,  2014

Over 100 of your colleagues attended the Fourth Annual WA AFCC Conference at the Washington Athletic Club

Frontiers of Family Law


Morning Plenary Sessions were held with 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). 

Plus -- Silent Auction and Fund-Raiser Reception which followed the Conference

Meet 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 its content. 


Conference Materials are still available at the following link

Conference Materials


CD's and MP3 recordings of Conference Sessions are 

available at the following link

Conference Recordings


See Details about Past Conferences at the Past Conference Tab 

or Follow this Link



Other AFCC Conferences of Interest

AFCC 11th Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations

Nov. 6-8, 2014  San Antonio, Texas

Examining Unintended Consequences 

Topics include Writing the Report, Activities of Trial Consultants, Gatekeeping and Child Safety, Use of the Rorschach

link to AFCC for more info

Other Local Training Events of Interest

None Currently Listed




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