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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. 


Please Plan to Attend our Fifth Annual Conference to be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at the Washington Athletic Club 

Shared Parenting Predicaments: Washington's Policy and Practice Concerns


Plenary sessions 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 Practice.

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, Right) 

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. He will present on Parenting Plans in Practice: Best Available Evidence.

(Dr. Carl McCurley, left; Paul Battan, J.D., right)

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 High Conflict

Register Now as Space for this Event is Limited

Saturday, March 7th 2015

Use this link to Register Now and Get More Details 


The program offers up to 6.0 hours of CLE and CE credits. 

This program has been approved for up to 6.0 hours of CLE through WSBA (activity ID 385994). This program has also been approved for 6 hours CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors are eligible (Provider number is 1975-312). The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (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.  

Cash Bar and Social Hour Reception Immediately Following the Conference

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 

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Other AFCC Conferences of Interest

AFCC Training (details available at www.afccnet.org)

Nuts and Bolts of Parenting Coordination: Helping High Conflict Parents Resolve Disputes. Presented by Mindy Mitnick, Ed.M., M.A.  -- March 9-10, 2015

When Nuts are Loose and Bolts Don't Fit: Advanced Practices in Parenting Coordination. Presented by Arnold Shienvold, Ph.D.  -- March11-12, 2015

AFCC 52nd Annual Conference

Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses, Different Outcomes. Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana -- May 27-30, 2015

AFCC Regional Conference

Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening to the Voice of the Child. Hyatt Regency Columbus, Ohio -- November 5-7,2015

AFCC 53rd Annual Conference

Seattle Sheraton Hotel, June 1-4, 2016

link to AFCC for more info

Other Local Training Events of Interest

None Currently Listed




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