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ALBERTA COURT OF QUEEN’S BENCH

FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 8

OVERVIEW & UPDATE

November 26, 2020  1- 4 pm - Online Zoom Conference

Presented by: Eileen Ailon, R. Psych. & Shams Amiry

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INTENDED AUDIENCE:

 

This workshop is open to Registered Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers (MSW), Family Mediators, Members of the Judiciary, Family Law Bar Members, Collaborative Family Lawyers, Parenting Coordinators, and students in any of the above disciplines.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to: 

 

  • Understand the purpose of Practice Note 8 and its implications for mental health professionals and legal professionals

  • Understand the processes for Child Custody/Parenting Evaluations, and become aware of ethical and procedural issues

  • Become aware of the continuum of applications and possible pitfalls

  • Highlight of the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the Practice Note 8 process

  • Understand the principles behind writing service retainer agreements, informed consent, and communicating with the Court

 

PROGRAM FORMAT AND SCHEDULE:

 

  • Changes to Practice Note 8 – what is different and implications of the changes

  • Highlighting the important aspects of Practice Note 8

  • Overview of the assessment components 

  • Ethical issues and dilemmas arising from the convergence of psychological standards of practice with legal practices and procedures

  • Best practices when dealing with self-represented litigants

  • Responsibility to monitor and adhere to timelines prescribed by Practice Note 8

  • Important considerations regarding Case Conference Meetings held to discuss resolution of the parenting issues

  • Risk-management issues: service retainer agreements, informed consent, and communicating with the Court

  • Views from a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench with considerations for mental-health professionals and lawyers

Eileen Ailon, Psych. Bio

 

Eileen Ailon, R. Psych, is an experienced psychologist in the area of working both with individuals and families. She is trained in Assessment of Learning and Development, Assessment of Parenting, as well as in Mediation and Arbitration, primarily with respect to Parenting Coordination. Initially working as a psychologist in a Pediatric Hospital and with School boards, she developed a passion for and expertise in various types of psychological and psychological/educational assessment, as well as in personality assessment, including those cases that involve the assessment of the impact of trauma. Additionally, she studies the efficacy of various treatment formats to meet the needs of diverse clients.

For several decades, Eileen Ailon has been a Court appointed Assessor and has also been appointed to engage in Interventions to assist children and families who face challenging family experiences arising out of transitions such as divorce, and separation. She has been called as the Court’s Expert Witness on cases of Child Custody and Parenting as well as Sexual Abuse of Children. She focuses her efforts and skills on the reduction of conflict and the promotion of better outcomes for children and hopefully their families.

Eileen Ailon has presented and given workshops to mental health professionals, lawyers and judges on issues such as : Best Practices for Interviewing Children, Reunification Interventions with Children and Parents, Alienation of Children from Parents, as well as Assessment, Interventions available and appropriate for families and children moving through conflict within families.

She has been an active member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta, the College of Alberta Psychologists, Alberta Family Mediation Society, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, holding administrative offices and participating on a number of committees.

AFCC Alberta Members $50; Non-Members $100

You can pay with credit card or PayPal

 
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ALBERTA COURT OF QUEEN’S BENCH

FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 7

OVERVIEW & UPDATE

January 15th, 2021  1- 4 pm - Online Zoom Conference

Presented by: Dr. Stephen Carter, Registered Psychologist with Queen's Bench Justice Debbie A. Yungwirth and a lawyer

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INTENDED AUDIENCE: 

This workshop is open to Registered Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers (MSW), Family Mediators, Members of the Judiciary, Family Law Bar Members, Collaborative Family Lawyers, Parenting Coordinators, and students in any of the above disciplines 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to: 

  • Understand the purpose of Practice Note 7 and its implications for mental health professionals 

  • Understand the processes for evaluative and therapeutic interventions and become aware of ethical and procedural issues. 

  • Be aware of the continuum of interventions. 

  • Distinguish between each of the processes which can be used with separating and divorced families with awareness of strengths, weaknesses and limitations of each process and when their uses are indicated and contraindicated. 

  • Understand the principles behind writing service agreements and communicating with the Court. 

 

PROGRAM FORMAT AND SCHEDULE: 

  • Changes to Practice Note 7 – what is different and why it changed. 

  • Overview of intervention processes; 

  • Ethical issues; 

  • Risk-management issues: service agreements and communicating with the Court; 

  • Evaluative Interventions: 

      Triage 

      The Views/Voice of the Child 

      Parent Psychological Evaluation 

      Child/Adolescent Psychological Evaluation 

      Focused Assessment 

  • Therapeutic Interventions: 

      Therapeutic Intervention with One Parent 

      Therapeutic Intervention with Both Parents 

      Therapeutic Intervention with Child Only 

      Therapeutic Intervention with Parents and Children 

       Remedial Facilitated Access/Parent-Child Reunification 

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Stephen Carter, Registered Psychologist 

 

Dr. Carter’s practice involves working with children, teens and adults in counselling and assessment. Stephen works therapeutically with divorced parents to help them reduce conflict, communicate better and to minimize the damage divorce can do to children and also conducts voice of the child evaluations and custody assessments. He has been involved advisory committees addressing changes to past and current versions of the Family Court Practice Notes 7 and 8. Steve is the author of the book “Family Restructuring Therapy” which was published in 2011 by the High Conflict Institute. Dr. Carter has worked, with presented about, families in transition for over 20 years and has delivered workshops on Family Restructuring Therapy in both Canada and the United States. Stephen has been a member of AFCC since 2000.

AFCC Alberta Members $50; Non-Members $100

You can pay with credit card or PayPal

 
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Divorce Act changes coming March 1, 2021

February 4, 2021  1- 4 pm - Online Zoom Conference

Presented by: Shams Amiry and Dr. Terry Singh

AFCC Alberta Members $50; Non-Members $100

You can pay with credit card or PayPal

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AFCC Alberta Full Day Conference

SAVE THE DATE!

March 19, 2021  9 am - 4 pm

Online Zoom Conference and Live (Restrictions Permitting)

Voices of the Children

COVID-19 – What now?
How has Covid - 19 changed the Family Support system
4 Pillars:
What now for Children?
What now for Courts?
What now for ADR?
What now re Family Violence?
 

Prices to be determined
 

Past Events

 

Edmonton Virtual Supper Club Meeting

May 19, 2020

 

Please join us and invite your colleagues to this excellent networking/learning event that starts up again this fall

 

Please register for Invite

WHEN   TUESDAY May 19, 2020 

7:00pm – :00pm

WHERE  The comfort of your home via video conferencing

WHOM  

Dr. Terry Singh – Singh Sharma Psychological Services

Ms. Traci Bannister – Boyes Tiefenbach and Associates

WHAT   

CULTURE AND CULTURAL INTERACTIONS IN THE FAMILY LAW CONTEXT

Presentation:

“Culture - yours, mine and ours

What to do in the Family Courtroom?”

Come join us for this interesting discussion and opportunity to network with esteemed colleagues.  Feel free to invite others as this is not an AFCC members only event.

RSVP Sharon Smithedirector1@telus.net

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AFCC Alberta Chapter
2020 Conference
March 5 – 6, 2020
Matrix Hotel, Edmonton, AB
Brochure      Info Page

Protecting Children From Conflict: Family Justice in Alberta

Feature speakers - Dr. Matthew Sullivan, The Honourable Justice Rodney A. Jerke,   The Honourable Justice Debbie A. Yungwirth, Dr. Harriet MacMillan, and Dr. Lorraine Ferris 

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AFCC Alberta Chapter
2019 Conference
March 14 – 15, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn, Calgary, AB
Brochure

Putting the Children First in High Conflict Separation & Divorce

Parenting Assessments, Parenting Plans & Parenting Coordination

The Good, the Bad and the In-Between

Feature speakers - Phil Epstein and Dr. Michael Saini

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AFCC Alberta Chapter
2018 Conference
March 15 – 16, 2018
Matrix Hotel, Edmonton, AB
Brochure

I Don’t Want to Go!
Children Who Resist Post-Separation Contact with a Parent

Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph. D. and Nicolas Bala

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Family Restructuring Therapy:
Jan 29, 2017
Edmonton, Lister Hall, U of A
Brochure

A Model for Parent Conflict Intervention
With Separated/Divorced

(Including Never-Married) Families
A Training Workshop for Psychologists
Working With "High Conflict" Separated and Divorced Families

presented by Dr. Stephen Carter

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Parenting Coordination and Mediation/Arbitration Process Design
Calgary on November 27th, 2017
and November 18, 2016 
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for Legal and Mental Health Professionals working in Family Law

Doug Moe Q.C.    Kevin Hannah Q.C.    Brad Mustard

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The New Millennial Family
March 16-17, 2017
200, 105 12 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta
Brochure

Navigating Best Practice in a Changing World

DR. Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L.
DR. Kyle D. Pruett M.D

Edmonton Supper Clubs
Third Tuesday of the month
Edmonton, Alberta

Various topics for AFCC members and non-members

Guest speakers, webinars, Q & A

Practice Note 7 and 8 Workshops
Evaluative, Therapeutic and Mediation/Arbitration Interventions with Separated/Divorced Families:
Uses, Misuses and Risks
Eileen Ailon and Dr Stephen Carter

Presented By: The Alberta Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Risk Management Committee

February 18, 2016  – Calgary

February 19, 2016  – Edmonton

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