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 501 (3c) 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. 


For More Information about the Washington Chapter, feel free to contact our current President, Dennis Cronin, J.D.

Contact information may be found on the Leadership Tab or Contact Us Tab



We recently held our  

Seventh Annual WA AFCC Conference

Fractured Families 

and Fresh Solutions

at the Washington Athletic Club which will be held on 

Saturday, September 22, 2018


We are having two morning plenary sessions to include a View from the Bench Judicial Roundtable and a morning plenary session on 

Child Development for Family Law Professionals with

Mindy Mitnick, Ed.M, M.A.


followed by an Afternoon Program of multiple 90-minute workshops. 

There will be our annual member meeting and an outstanding lunch buffet for networking and sharing ideas. The conference will conclude with a Meet the Speakers Social Hour where participants have an opportunity to spend time with the presenters and attendees. 


8:00 to 8:30               Registration

8:30 to 8:45               Welcome Remarks, Introduction and Instructions, Announcements

8:45 to 10:15             Plenary Session I – Mindy Mitnick, M.Ed.

              Child Development for Family Law Professionals

10:30 to 12:00           Plenary Session II -- Stacy Heard, J.D. (moderator); various judges and commissioners

              View from the Bench: Judicial Panel

12:00 to 1:15             Lunch on own; Member Buffet

1:15 to 2:45               Workshop Sessions A, B, C, D

Workshop A: Improving Your Interviewing Skills, Part I (Mitnick)

Workshop B: Stop Reacting and Start Responding: Help for DV and Trauma Survivors (Judge Hirsch & Garceau)

Workshop C: Considerations in Developing Parenting Plans for Special Needs Children: Focus on Autism Spectrum and ADHD (Carson & Hunter)

Workshop D: GAL and Parenting Evaluation Work Product Review: Expert Testimony and Quality Assurance (Rybicki & Wieder)

3:00 to 4:30               Workshop Sessions            E, F, G, H

     Workshop E: Improving Your Interviewing Skills, Part II (Mitnick & Rybicki)

Workshop F: How Trauma Influences Family Law Litigation (Stahl & Wheeler)

Workshop G: Professional Risk Management in Dealing with Domestic Relations Cases (Hunter & Poppleton)

Workshop H:  Implications of Technology and Social Media for Domestic Violence and Family Court Cases  (Havrevold & Judge Karlan)                            

4:45 to 6:30               Meet the Speakers Social Hour


Other WA AFCC Training Events

WA AFCC has organized a speaker's bureau and an Education Committee which provides a wide range of training events throughout the year. There is a new program beginning this year called

Chips 'n  Chat

which will begin with a two-part series on Visitation Resistance. The schedule and location are noted here. Please contact our email to indicate if you would like to attend this free event. Space is limited and will be used on a first come basis using your email as the admission.

Wednesday October 24  -- Visitation Resistance, Part 1

Wednesday February 6 or 13 (TBD), Visitation Resistance, Part 2

Conference Room (45th floor), Elise Buie, J.D. (1001 Fourth Ave., Suite 44, Seattle, WA 98154

Link for PDF Flyer and Contact Info

WA AFCC will hold the 

8th Annual Conference on 

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at the Washington Athletic Club

The Conference will provide 6 hours of training as usual, but the format will include one hour plenary sessions with each speaker in the morning and then four hour intensive and in-depth workshops with either of the presenters. Those attending will have the benefit of the vast clinical and forensic experience of two of the foremost experts on parenting evaluations, alienation and visitation resistance, and other thorny issues in meeting the best interests of children in family law matters.

Benjamin Garber, Ph.D.


Robert Simon, Ph.D.


Dr. Simon is a National Leader in Forensic Psychology Consulting, with over 30 years of experience in the legal domain of family law and domestic relations. He is licensed in California and Hawaii. He is an author, educator, and frequent speaker at family law events. Whether he's functioning as a Trial Consultant or Forensic Psychology expert witness in a family law matter, Dr. Simon applies empowering, pragmatic, empirically driven and ethically integrated solutions.  He is published by the American Bar Association - Family Law Section and other leading academic journals, magazines, and associations that strive to evolve this work to a place where excellence is a minimal expectation and families in transition are honored and treated with respect and humanity.

Dr. Ben Garber is a New Hampshire licensed psychologist, parenting coordinator, expert consultant to family law matters across North America, speaker and author. Dr. Garber is a former Guardian ad litem. He holds advanced degrees in psycholinguistics, developmental and clinical child psychology from the University of Michigan and from Pennsylvania State University. He completed an internship in clinical child and family psychology at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. He is co-founder of the Parenting Coordination Association of New Hampshire, winner of the March of Dimes "Distinction in Media Excellence" award, and an acclaimed educator and author in numerous areas of child and family development and family law.


Conference Materials from 2015 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 Training (details available at www.afccnet.org)

AFCC Training Programs

Baltimore, MD

Dec. 3-4, 5-6

Parenting Coordination (Mindy Mitnick)

Advanced Issues in Child Custody (Robin Deutsch)

Link for more Info


link to AFCC main page for more general info

Other Local Training Events of Interest


American Academy of Forensic Psychology

Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology

Nov. 14-19, 2018

Portland, OR

Robin Deutsch on Parenting Coordination and High Conflict Families; Marsha Kline Pruett on Post Divorce Issues and Parenting Plans; Marsha Hedrick on Comprehensive Parenting Evaluations; and others

Conference Link


 President:  Dennis Cronin, J.D.   dc@dccronin.com
Webmaster Daniel Rybicki, Psy.D. info@wa-afcc.net

(253) 509-0922 phone/fax

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