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WA AFCC Conference Materials
The recent WA AFCC First Annual Conference was recorded on video and audio formats. DVD and CD sets are available for a reduced package price for the full set. There are options below with pricing for individual segments as follows. For additional information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgDVD and CD sets are sent with $5 shipping and handling fee added on. Individual CD or DVD orders will also be processed with the same shipping and handling charge. If selecting more than one CD or DVD (other than in a set), please contact us via email so that we may adjust your shipping charge to include only one $5 fee for your order. We will also check your order where we can refund any excess handling fees.
Descriptions of the training seminar segments are provided below the order menu.
Program Faculty and Course Description
Gatekeeping and Alienation -- Dr. Marsha Hedrick
This session covered the concepts of Maternal Gatekeeping and Parental Alienation. Key concepts, definitions of terms, issues of relevance to family court evaluations, and appropriate interventions are addressed.
Gain understanding of gatekeeping as a naturally occurring process
Learn distinctions between restrictive and facilitative coparenting
Understand relationship between gatekeeping and alienation processes
Dr. Marsha Hedrick has been in private practice in Seattle for 25 years and has completed more than 550 parenting evaluations for courts in Washington State during that time. She is board certified in forensic psychology through the American Board of Forensic Psychology and teaches seminars for that organization nationally.
Thorny Issues in Family Law: Investigating Allegations of Sexual Abuse -- Dr. Daniel Rybicki
Systematic and research guided investigation is the key to productive parenting evaluations. Complex cases often bring allegations of sexual abuse, domestic violence, abusive use of conflict and substance abuse. Methods of assessment and intervention are addressed.
Recognize essential components of systematic investigation methodology and relationship to demonstrating logical nexus from data to recommendations
Acquire outlines of key domains of investigation
Increase understanding of conceptual pitfalls and risks for bias or distortion when systematic investigation methods are not employed
Dr. Daniel Rybicki is licensed in four states and provides forensic psychological services including parenting evaluations and psychological testing. He has conducted over 350 full child custody evaluations. Dr. Rybicki also has expertise in high conflict cases and relocation cases. He holds a diplomate in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Psychological Specialties and is currently serving as the Founding President of the WA AFCC Chapter.
View from the Bench – Issues, Concerns, Ideas for the Future
This session was a roundtable discussion with several notable local judicial officers. There was some brief commentary and panel discussion of recent caselaw, legislative issues, and contemporary concerns as seen from the bench. The panel was moderated by Judge Paula Casey with input from Comm. Les Ponomarchuk, Judge Paula Casey, Judge James Orlando, and Judge Deborah Fleck.
Become familiar with recent judicial rulings that impact parenting evaluations and interventions in Washington
Gain understanding of emerging issues and principles guiding family law matters as seen from the bench
Develop awareness of issues and methods considered most useful for evaluation and intervention as seen by the Court
Judge Paula Casey is the Presiding Judge of Thurston Co. Superior Court. She was instrumental in founding Thurston County’s Family and Juvenile Court process. Judge Orlando serves in Pierce County while Judge Fleck and Comm. Ponomarchuk serve in King County. All of these judicial officers are well-acquainted with the challenges of family law matters.
Parenting Coordinators, Case Managers, Special Masters for Resolving Family Conflict: Introductions and Comparisons Across Counties
This presentation brought together several professionals who have been instrumental in developing methods for addressing high conflict family law matters. The services they describe go by different names and reflect emerging practices across diverse counties. Brief presentations and panel discussion of developments were covered by Frances Kevetter, Esq. (moderator), Karin Ballantyne, MSW, Judge Paula Casey, and Dr. Landon Poppleton.
Learn distinctions between current concepts of case manager, parenting coordinator and special master
Facilitate development of training standards and practice guidelines for the hybrid roles of parenting coordinators/special masters
Expand knowledge of other practice models used in other jurisdictions
Frances Kevetter is a Guardian Ad Litem in King and Pierce County with extensive experience in assessment and intervention in family law matters. Karin Ballantyne
is a Social Worker who handles case manager roles for high conflict families and is well-known in King County for her facilitating post-divorce problem-solving. Judge Paula Casey has been active in the development of parenting coordinator services in Thurston County. Dr. Landon Poppleton has been working to develop parenting coordinator services in Clark County and brings a perspective on the challenges of introducing novel interventions to local jurisdictions.
Preventing Ethics Complaints: Compliance with Professional Standards and Guidelines for Practice Dr. Andrew Benjamin with Panel
This session addressed areas of risky practice and common pitfalls that can derail parenting evaluations and GAL investigations. Guidance for preventing board complaints and adhering to defensible practices was presented along with discussion and commentary by other presenters from the conference.
G. Andrew Benjamin, Ph.D., J.D., ABPP is a past president of the Washington State Psychological Association and a frequent presenter at local and national conferences. He has authored books on conducting child custody evaluations and on law and ethics.