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AFCC Alberta Chapter Conference 2024
Thinking Differently: Exploring New Frameworks for Working with
Complex Families

February 29, 2024 - March 1, 2024

Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Join us in the beautiful Canadian Rockies

AFCC Alberta Chapter members and guests will meet in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, located in Banff, Alberta, Canada, for a two-day Conference and AGM to consider Thinking Differently: Exploring New Frameworks for Working with Complex Families. 

Speakers will discuss Neurodiverse Children and Parents in Family Court, risk-assessment models for parenting plan development, resist-refuse dynamics, child alienation, parental gate-keeping, relocation and mobility, best interest factors, the ethical responsibility to "do no harm", and reframing the language of "high conflict"


plus so much more...


Professor Michael Saini, Ph.D., Professor, Factor-Inwentash Chair in Law and Social Work, University of Toronto and AFCC President Elect;  Krysta Ostwald, KC,  Alberta Family Law Lawyer, Mediator/Arbitrator,

Dr. Daniel B. Pickar, Ph.D., ABPP, Child & Family Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

and more...


February 29, 2024

8:00 a.m. Doors Open 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Acknowledgements 8:50 a.m. Professor Michael Saini, Ph.D. Non-Binary Approach to Resist-Refuse 12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. Moderated Panel: How to Deal with Resist-Refuse Cases? 3:00 p.m. Professor Michael Saini, Ph.D. - Rethinking the Words "High Conflict" to Focus on Respect and Trust Development 4:10 p.m. AFCC Alberta Chapter Annual General Meeting 4:40 p.m. Cocktail Hour

March 1, 2024

8:00 a.m. Doors Open 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Acknowledgements 9:00 a.m. Dr. Daniel B. Pickar, Ph.D., ABPP - Neurodiverse Children and Parents in Family Court 12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. Cultural Bias/Awareness and High Conflict Families 3:00 p.m. Krysta Ostwald, KC, Relocation/Mobility and Best Interest Factors 4:30 p.m. Thanks /Conference Ends

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Group discounts of $50.00 off, per ticket, for groups of five (5) or more email for more information

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Who Should Attend


● AFCC members ● Members of the Judiciary and Alberta Government ● Collaborative Family Law Lawyers ● Mediators ● Arbitrators ● Med-Arb Practitioners ● Negotiators ● Psychologists ● Educators, Researchers & Academics ● Counselors ● Court Administrators & Commissioners ● Custody evaluators ● Psychiatrists ● Parenting Coordinators ● Financial Professionals ● Students

● Interactive Sessions ● Scholarships ● Networking ● Materials Relevant and Applicable to Alberta ● Professional Development Hours (note this course is not accredited) ● Mentoring ● Brand Placement (sponsorship)

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