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AFCC-NY
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
New York Chapter

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AAML
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
New York Chapter

Co-Sponsored by:
The Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program
The William Alanson White Institute

Friday, Dec.16th
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Register: 8:30 AM

New York City Bar Association 
42 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

CLE CME CE CPE
7.5 credits (approved)

KIDS COME FIRST: IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

“STEPPING UP” OUR UNDERSTANDING OF DEVELOPMENTALLY SENSITIVE PARENTING PLANS AND MODIFICATION SCHEDULES THAT GROW WITH THE CHILDREN

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? TALKING WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

HOW TO TRY A FAMILY LAW CASE WITHOUT DESTROYING THE FAMILY

Guest Speakers

Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, MSL

Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett is a licensed clinical psychologist and National President of the AFCC. She is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor and Director, Clinical Research Institute at Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Pruett’s intervention and research areas focus on family dynamics and development.

Mindy F. Mitnick, EdM, MA

Mindy F. Mitnick is a licensed psychologist practicing in Minneapolis. Ms. Mitnick has trained professionals throughout the US and Canada in a variety of areas, including effective interviewing techniques with children. She has written and taught extensively about the assessment of child sexual abuse allegations during custody disputes.

Panelists & Lecturers

Associate Justice Judith J. Gische
Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department

Justice Gische has presided over dedicated Matrimonial Parts in New York and Bronx Counties, and she is a former New York Law School Adjunct Professor for Divorce Law.

Hon. Hope Schwartz Zimmerman
Supreme Court, Nassau County

Supervising Judge Matrimonial Center

previously Supervising Judge, Nassau County Family Court

Hon. Michael L. Katz
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County

Previously – Judge, Family Court, Kings County

Robin D. Carton, J.D.
Carton & Rosoff PC

Co-President Elect of the AFCC-NY Chapter, Immediate Past-President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, President of the Law Guardian Association of Westchester County, and Secretary of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland-Westchester.

Lawrence Jay Braunstein, J.D.
Braunstein & Zuckerman Esqs.

Co-President Elect of the AFCC-NY Chapter, Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Expert in child custody litigation, particularly involving allegations of child sexual and physical abuse.

Elliot Wiener, J.D.
Phillips Nizer LLP

Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is a former Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Mental Health and Family Law.

Program CO-CHAIRS: Lawrence Jay. Braunstein, Esq., Joseph A. DeMarco, Esq. and Dr. Bernice H. Schaul, PHD

Total hours of CE credit approved for this program is 7.5 hours. Additional $15 fee required for CE Certificate. The AAML NY Chapter is accredited by the NYS CLE Board as a CLE provider for live presentations for the period October 2, 2014 through October 1, 2017.The total number of hours of CLE credit approved by the NYS CLE Board for this program is 7.5 hours, consisting of 3.5 hours in Areas of Professional Practice and 4 hours in Skills. Credit for partial attendance at a segment will not be given. This is not a transitional course for attorneys admitted less than 2 years. Our financial hardship policy is available from Kristen Stevens, Chapter Administrator, at americanacademyny@gmail.com

afcc_fall2016_domesticviolenceUPSTATE-WEST INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE

Domestic Violence Update:

Where We Were, Where We Are Now, and the Work Ahead

Friday, November 18th
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

University at Buffalo School of Law
O’Brian Hall Room #106
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14620

6 CLE CREDITS
6 NYSED SOCIAL WORK HOURS
6 NYS OASAS HOURS

This dynamic, interdisciplinary training conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from the fields of mental health, substance abuse, social/legal advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, prevention, and the judiciary to offer in-depth presentations on the history of domestic violence in our culture, our current state of knowledge, and suggestions for furthering our understanding and improving advocacy in circumstances of family violence.  All presenters will offer commentary that addresses the needs of the interdisciplinary audience (legal, MH, Substance abuse, ADR)

Program Overview Directions & Parking

Distinguished Faculty

Peter Jaffe, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children
University of Western Ontario

Professor Melissa Breger
Albany Law School

Daniel Weitz, Esq.
Deputy Director of the Division of Professional and Court Services & Coordinator of the OCA Statewide ADR Programs

Gwen Wright
Executive Director
NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Judith Olin, Esq.
Director of Family Violence Clinic, University at Buffalo School of Law

Lynette Reda, Esq.
Chief, Domestic Violence Bureau, Erie County

Hon. Lisa Bloch-Rodwin
Erie County Family Court

MODERATOR: HON. JANE PEARL
New York County Family Court, Past Co-President AFCC-NY

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Approved for 6 CLE credits for attorneys. 6 NYSED live in-person contact hours for social workers. NYS OASAS hours pending approval.

REGISTRATION FEES

These fees include lunch and a certificate of attendance with applicable credits/CEUs.

Gov. Employees & Court Personnel: $70
Buffalo School of Law Faculty & Students: Free
Other Students: $20 with valid student I.D.

PRE-REGISTRATION
(BY 9/18/16)
AFCC-NY MEMBERS: $59
NON-MEMBERS: $69

REGISTRATION
(AFTER 9/18/16)
AFCC-NY MEMBERS: $79
NON-MEMBERS: $89

Program Overview Directions & Parking

PROGRAM CO-SPONSORS & COLLABORATORS

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Program CO-CHAIR: Jeffrey P. Wittmann, PhD.
This program qualifies for 6.0 transitional or non-transitional NYS CLE credits; 3.0 in the area of Professional Practice, and 3.0 credit in the area of Skills. The University at Buffalo School of Law has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York for the period of March 11, 2014 – March 10, 2017. The University at Buffalo School of Law has a financial hardship policy. For further information on our policy, contact Lisa Mueller, CLE Coordinator at (716) 645-3176. NYSED LMSW & LCSW Contact Hours: Offered in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education; recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved. NYS OASAS Provider #0045: 6 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS; 6 initial hours for CPP & CPS. Those in need of financial assistance or with questions about the program should contact the conference organizer, Dr. Jeffrey Wittmann, at jw@childcustodyforensics.com. None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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FAMILYKIND INAUGURAL SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, October 27, 2016
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York City

CLE and CE credits expected

Tickets increase in price on September 13th

FamilyKind’s Inaugural Symposium is October 27, 2016 with a separate Kickoff Event the evening of October 26.

SYMPOSIUM
WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
WHERE: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, NYC

Divorcing and Separating Families: Transforming Crisis Into Opportunities is for mental health professionals, lawyers, mediators, and educators.

Learn about new program innovation and the latest advances to support families in transition, and encourage positive co-parenting relationships
• Developmentally sensitive parenting plans
• Emotionally-informed and child-inclusive mediation
• Evolution of child custody law
• Alternative dispute resolution processes post divorce

FamilyKind is proud to partner with Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and AFCC-NY to host this program.

Visit our website for a partial list of featured presenters.

KICKOFF EVENT
WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:00 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Ariel East, 2628 Broadway, NYC

A festive and rich evening filled with networking, live entertainment, food and drink, centered around a panel discussing Children of Divorce: How Professionals Cope When Their Work World Intersects With Personal Experiences

Our Kickoff Event is an additional opportunity to increase your knowledge and connect with colleagues for a fee of $50 (early purchase pricing through Sept. 12) or $75 (after Sept. 12).

Link via “Attend Event” button above for Symposium tickets. Link here for Kickoff Event tickets.

Financial aid is available for both events for eligible participants. Please email info@familykind.org to apply.

Learn more at familykind.org/inaugural-symposium.

We hope you can make it!

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WILL THE “REAL” PARENT PLEASE STAND UP?

THE CONUNDRUM OF THE BIOLOGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND DE-FACTO PARENT

CO-SPONSORED BY: ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK – FAMILY COURT AND FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE, THE APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST & SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING PROGRAM OF THE WILLIAM ALANSON WHITE INSTITUTE & THE PRACTICE INSTITUTE 

TUESDAY, JUNE 14TH
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION
42 W 44TH ST. NEW YORK, NY

Program Description – This program will provide an overview of the issues confronted by the judiciary and legal and mental health professionals, as the definition of the family changes due to the evolving usage of assisted reproductive technology (ART), same sex marriage, transgender parenting, and other alternative family structures.

Daniel O’Leary, PhD, President of AFCC-NY – Welcome   6:00 PM – 6:05 PM

Hon. Laura Drager, 6:05 PM- 6:15 PM

Do the concepts of standing and best interest of the child need to evolve along with the ever evolving definition of the family? This introduction will engage us in thinking about what concepts may need to change as other alternative family structures and the definition of parent evolve.

Please click here to access the educational credit materials.

Eric I. Wrubel, Esq., 6:15 PM – 6:40 PM

The Domestic Relations Law and the Family Court Act contain no definition of “parent”.  The Court of Appeals defined “parent” in 1991. In light of Obergefell, the Marriage Equality Act, advances in science and societal changes, the definition of “parent” and family has undergone fundamental changes. . . or has it?  In order for the “real” parent to stand up, we have to understand who is a “parent” in the eyes of the law.

Please click here to access the educational credit materials.

Jack Drescher, MD, 6:40 PM – 7:05 PM

The removal of homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual in 1973 eventually paved the way for the normalization of same-sex relationships, gay marriage and gay parenting. The scientific research on parenting by same-sex couples shows that the gender of parents has little effect on the mental health and well-being of children, a fact that plays a role in court decisions regarding child custody. This presentation will address the issues raised by marriage, child custody, separation and divorce in a same-sex couple, as exemplified by the famous Jenkins-Miller case, are relevant to understanding some of the state and federal legal issues surrounding alternative family structures.

Please click here to access the educational credit materials.

Barbara Rothberg, DSW, 7:05 PM – 7:30 PM

In contemporary families, it is sometimes a question as to who the “real” mother actually is. Many families have more than one mother, as in step and blended families, adoptive families and LGBT families. The same is true for fathers, as there can be more than one father in a family. With the divorce rate 50%, we increasingly have blended and step families, creating the roles of “other” mothers and fathers. In LGBT families with two moms and two dads, there is always another parent who has a non-biological connection. And if there is a divorce in a gay family, and the parents re-couple, the roles can get even more complicated. Given the parenting plan, a child can be cared for by two non-bio or “other” moms or dads. So, Who’s the real parent? This presentation will address the emotional issues that arise for mothers, fathers and their children using case material to exemplify the family dynamics, particularly in divorce situations.

Please click here to access the educational credit materials.

Hon. Ellen Gesmer, 7:30 PM – 7:50 PM

As New York reconsiders its ban on surrogacy, this presentation will look at the proposed legislation in New York, and the state of the law on surrogacy domestically and internationally.

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Jennifer Levi, Esq., 7:50 PM – 8:25 PM

Like non-transgender people, transgender people enter into marital and marital relationships that do not always last.  However, relationship dissolution by transgender people in the court systems face many challenges.  Essential to ensuring that a transgender parent’s relationship with a child is preserved is for the parent to be recognized as a legal parent.  This presentation will provide an overview the challenging issues that arise.

Please click here to access the educational credit materials.

Alexis L. Cirel, Esq. 8:25 PM – 8:50 PM

They say “it takes a village to raise a child.” In the ever-proliferating world of third party reproduction through the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), it takes a village to make a child too as the process requires a unique confluence of collaborating parties and myriad professionals with expertise in a vast array of disciplines.  Such a team-based approach to achieving parenthood in turn, creates dovetailing medical, legal and ethical issues.  This presentation explores some of the issues confronted as the definition of the family evolves due to increasing usage of both ART and collaborative reproduction arrangements (e.g., surrogacy and/or donor arrangements), and suggests ways in which to mitigate the potential for litigation in this area.

Please click here to access the educational credit materials.

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Creating Order from Disorder: Working with Parents Who Suffer from Personality Disorders, Mental Illness and/or Substance Abuse:

An Overview from the Legal, Mental Health and Judicial Perspectives

PHILIP STAHL, PH.D.
Dysfunctional Behaviors and Distorted Thinking of Parents in High Conflict Custody Cases and the Impact on their Children: How to engage clients in problem-solving rather than problem-creating behaviors; creating realistic expectations, and handling the constant ‘crisis’ from the outset through specific strategies and interventions.

THE HON. MATTHEW F. COOPER, CAROL J. WEISS, M.D., CINDY FEINBERG, CPC.

Use of Alcohol/Drug monitoring protocols – what is “state of the art” monitoring? Incorporating treatment, anger management, medication compliance, and monitoring provisions into the pendente lite and final parenting plans. The role of the Judiciary: Crafting effective interim orders and  incorporating supervised parenting time provisions and monitoring into the final parenting plan.

Norman S. Heller, Esq.
Cross-Examination of the Mental Health Forensic Evaluator Re: parenting capacities when one or both parents suffer from these difficulties. Application of the AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluations will be discussed and demonstrated.

SUSAN L. BENDER, Esq.
Attorney for the Child or Guardian ad Litem: Protecting children during the litigation.

DANIEL O’LEARY, Ph.D. 
Beyond Domestic Violence: When intimate partner and family disputes go beyond coercion and control, encompassing emotional dysregulation.

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Where We Were, Where We Are Now, and the Work Ahead

This dynamic, interdisciplinary training conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from the fields of psychology, social/legal advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, prevention, and the judiciary to offer in-depth presentations on the history of domestic violence in our culture, our current state of knowledge, and suggestions for furthering our understanding and improving advocacy in circumstances of family violence.

Peter Jaffe, Ph.D.
Professor & Director Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children University of Western Ontario

Daniel Weitz, Esq.
Deputy Director Division of Professional and Court Services & Coordinator of the OCA Statewide ADR Programs

Professor Melissa Breger
Albany Law School

Gwen Wright
Director NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Hon. Margaret T. Walsh
Albany County Family Court and Acting Supreme Court Justice (Rensselaer County, IDV Part)

Interviewing Children in Family Law Disputes

A Workshop Co-sponsored By FamilyKind and The New York Chapter of The Association Of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC-NY)

This workshop examines how the child’s voice is considered in different family law dispute resolution processes, the risks and benefits of involving children, factors affecting the reliability of children’s input, and offers a developmentally based protocol for interviewing children. A demonstration of a child inclusive mediation, case studies, handouts, and articles will be provided to further develop participants’ knowledge and skill in this area.

PRESENTERS

Hon. Jane Pearl, JD, PhD
Judge for the New York County Family Court; Co-President of AFCC-NY; Prior to becoming an attorney Judge Pearl was a psychologist and received her PhD from Northwestern University.

Barbara Jo Fidler, PhD, C.Psych, Acc.FM
With 28 years of experience working with high-conflict separating and divorcing families in various capacities, Dr. Fidler has authored four books and numerous articles, given expert testimony, and provided training to judges, lawyers, and mental health professionals.

Catherine Grace Hannibal, JD, MA
New York City-based collaborative attorney and mediator specializing in separation and divorce; Mediation mentor for law students and professionals. Catherine practices and presents on using children’s input in divorce mediation.

Workshop to Benefit: Family Law Attorneys, Family and Divorce Mediators, Child and Family Therapists, Child Specialists in Collaborative Divorce and Child Inclusive Mediation, Custody Evaluators, Co-Parent Counselors, Parenting Coordinators, Family Court Judges.

Download Registration FormAFCC-NY & NYWBA Present:

Shared Parenting and Young Children: The Conundrum

From the mental health perspective

  • Integrating theory and research on attachment and parental involvement in Young Children.
  • Understanding Gatekeeping and its relevance to relocation and alienation.
  • Identifying red flags for distress in infants during transitions between caregivers.

From the legal perspective

  • Understanding how to identify the needs of Young Children, when representing both the child and/or the parents.
  • Summarizing relevant case law.
  • Negotiating/Litigating parenting plans.

From the judicial perspective

  • Reviewing jurisprudence regarding Parenting Plans in Young Children.
  • Understanding the balance between the child’s entitlement to a best interest-based quality of life and parents’ right to meaningfully parent their children.

Guest Speakers

Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D, M.S.L. Nationally recognized author, researcher and expert in “Parenting after Separation.” She is the co-author and co-editor of numerous articles and books, including “Partnership Parenting” and “Your Divorce Advisor.”

Steve Demby, Ph.D Clinical psychologist with expertise in divorce-related services, including forensic custody evaluations, parenting coordination and mediation of parenting plans. Cheryl S. Solomon, Esq. Kings County attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the field of matrimonial and family law.

Erica Willheim, Ph.D Clinical psychologist with expertise in infant development and infant assessment.

Bonnie E. Rabin, Esq. Cohen Rabin Stine Schumann LLP
Attorney with over 25 years of experience in the field of matrimonial and family law.

Honorable Jeffrey S. Sunshine Supervising Judge for Matrimonial Matters in Supreme Court, Kings County. Recently named Chair of the Chief Administrative Judge’s Matrimonial Advisory and Rules Committee.

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AFCC-NY, New York City Bar Association & the Appellate Division, Second Department Present:

The Spectrum of Parental Alienation and Estrangement: Challenges for Mental Health Professionals, Attorneys and the Court

From the mental health perspective
Understanding alienation and estrangement – specifically, its long term effects on the child. • Identifying primary parental alienating strategies and manifestations of alienation on the part of the child • Reviewing the clinical aspects of alienation and estrangement; strategies for treating the child, the rejected parent and the aligned parent

From the legal perspective
Providing guidance for the Attorney for the Child and dealing with the impact of allegations of parental alienation on the position of the Attorney for the Child. • Discussing the critical strategies involved in representing the rejected parent and the aligned parent; when and what motions should be filed; and what relief should be sought. • Summarizing the relevant case law and ethical obligations.

From the judicial perspective
Approaching the Court and seeking relief, including what remedies are available and when (and how) the Court should intervene. • Recognizing the need to protect the record and the Court’s orders by ensuring the child has appropriate representation

Guest Speakers

Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D.
A nationally recognized author, researcher and expert in parent-child relationships and parental estrangement/alienation issues; she is the co-author of Surviving Parental Alienation: A Journey of Hope and Healing.

Bernice H. Schaul, Ph.D.
A clinical psychologist, author and lecturer with over 30 years experience performing court-appointed neutral child custody evaluations; she also works as a parent coordinator and consults with divorcing parents.

Jane Schreiber, Esq.
The Director of the Office of Attorneys for Children, Appellate Division, First Department.

Harriet R. Weinberger, Esq.
The Director of the Office of Attorneys for Children, Appellate Division, Second Department.

Susan L. Bender, Esq. (Bender Rosenthal Isaacs & Richter LLP)
An attorney with over 30 years experience representing children and parents (both rejected parents and alienating/interfering parents).

Honorable Jacqueline W. Silbermann (retired)
Statewide Administrative Judge for Matrimonial Matters and Former Justice of a Matrimonial Part in New York County. Currently, Counsel, Blank Rome LLC.