AFCC Alberta Chapter 2020 Conference

March 5 & 6, 2020   Edmonton, Alberta

Matrix Hotel 

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Protecting Children From Conflict: Family Justice in Alberta

 

March 5, 2020

Day 1

(food and refreshments - pre-conference light breakfast, lunch, morning, and afternoon breaks)

 

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome: Dr. Lorri Yasenik Chair, Board of Directors, AFCC (AB Chapter) and intro to Dr. Fong

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Dr. Larry Fong: President-Elect, AFCC Parent Organization 

Professionals and Hope in Resolving Conflict

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

What Alberta can Learn from Parenting Coordination Policies & Practices from across North America?

Dr. Matthew Sullivan

                                                   

                                                   

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Continued Keynote by Dr. Matthew Sullivan

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Continued Keynote by Dr. Matthew Sullivan

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

NETWORKING BREAK

 

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

PANEL

 Parenting Coordination in Alberta: Approaches & Best Practices (Is the Arbitration Act Enough?)

   The Honourable Justice Debbie A. Yungwirth

   Matthew Sullivan Ph.D.

   Pat Petrie Ph.D.

   Greg Pickering PhD

  John-Paul E. Boyd Q.C.

 

4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

The Honourable Justice Rodney A. Jerke

Reforming Family Justice Project

Closing Remarks for Day 1

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

AFCC Alberta Chapter AGM

WINE & CHEESE TO FOLLOW

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March 6, 2020

Day 2

(food and refreshments - pre-conference light breakfast, lunch, morning, and afternoon breaks)

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome: Dr. Lorri Yasenik Chair, Board of Directors, AFCC (AB Chapter)

Dr. Pat Petrie to introduce Dr. MacMillan and Dr. Ferris

8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

                                                 

Recognizing and Responding Safely to Family Violence: Approaches for the Family Law Setting

Dr. Harriet MacMillan, C.M., M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C. &  Dr. Lorraine Ferris, PhD., C. Psych., LL.M (ADR); LLM (Admin Law)

Family violence includes various forms of abuse, mistreatment or neglect that adults or children may experience in their intimate, family or dependent relationships. Separation and divorce can exacerbate such abuse including escalation in intimidation and coercion.  This presentation will discuss approaches to recognize and respond safely to child maltreatment and intimate partner violence in the context of family law settings. It will introduce VEGA (Violence Evidence Guidance Action) online educational resources and discuss how they can be useful to lawyers and mental health clinicians involved in Family Law matters. 

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Continued Keynote by Dr. Harriet MacMillan, C.M., M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C. &  

Dr. Lorraine Ferris, PhD., C. Psych., LL.M (ADR); LLM (Admin Law)

Parenting disputes represent a significant portion of all child protection investigations. This presentation will discuss how clinicians can collaborate with child protection professionals in the assessment of child maltreatment and determine approaches to reducing impairment in children and families.  It will discuss principles for conducting such assessments and approaches to good practice, including involvement of a multidisciplinary team and the application of these principles within the Family Law context. 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.    

Dr. Harriet MacMillan

 Assessment of Child Maltreatment in Parenting Disputes: Principles and Approaches to Good Practice

 

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

NETWORKING BREAK

2:30 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

Panel Discussion on previous topic

Moderator: Dr. Pat Petrie

Dr. MacMillan and Dr.  Ferris will be joined by Panel members:

The Honourable Justice Debbie A. Yungwirth

Ladene Keith, Manager, Alberta Children’s Services 

Andrea Doyle, Senior Advisory Counsel, Legal Aid Alberta

Denise Harwardt,  Assistant Director, Family & Surrogate Litigation, Dept. of Justice  & Solicitor General (AB)

 

4:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Thank you's

 

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