What is AFCC?


AFCC is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. AFCC members are the leading practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers in the family court arena

2021 AFCC Alberta Conference is Mar 19, 2021


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AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. AFCC 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 best practices.



A justice system in which all professionals work collaboratively through education, support, and access to services to achieve the best possible outcome for children and families.



Collaboration and respect among professions and disciplines

Learning through inquiry, discussion and debate

Innovation in addressing the needs of families and children in conflict

Diversity in family structures and cultures

Empowering families to resolve conflict and make decisions about their future


Message from the President

It is a great honor to take on the role of AFCC-AB President for the years 2019-2021! I look forward to working with a board of directors dedicated to contributing to the growth and development of a premier interdisciplinary and international association dedicated to the resolution of family conflict! This inclusive organization offers cutting edge training, and collaboration with public, private, and non-profit sectors all over the world.


I am one of the original AFCC-AB board members and I believe in finding ways to support colleagues to network, access information and share ideas across disciplines. I bring expertise in the areas of family mediation, parenting coordination and child psychotherapy, play therapy and family therapy. My doctorate and post-doctorate work related to child inclusive practice for both court-based and ADR practitioners. I promote child inclusion using safe and appropriate methods and structured tools and I am involved in a number of international research and writing projects to further the involvement of children in matters that affect their lives.


My vision for the next two years is to increase AFCC-AB membership and to find ways to collaborate with and learn about what is important to new law, ADR and mental health professionals. Fostering and mentoring new practitioners into leadership roles is essential to ensuring a strong future association.


An invitation to include our neighboring provinces who do not have their own provincial chapters may also help us to have a strong Western Canadian presence. It will be important to continue to develop ties with our Eastern Canadian AFCC-O colleagues and to find ways to work together on identified projects. I intend to continue to support ongoing high-quality training to our membership that reflects “best practices” in the field of family law. Additionally, increasing resources to membership across the province through the AFCC-AB website will also provide membership benefits not previously available.


It is with great excitement and anticipation that I take on the role of President of AFFC-AB and begin to work with the team in this capacity!



Lorri Yasenik PhD




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