Past AFCC-Minnesota Events

A summary of past events hosted by the Minnesota Chapter of AFCC.

For more information on past AFCC Conferences sponsored by the parent organization, click here.

Consultation Group with Dr. Benjamin Garber

Radisson Hotel Roseville

July 15, 2016


Registration and Breakfast:     8:00 - 8:45 AM

Consultation Group:     9:00 - 11:30


Join Dr. Benjamin Garber on Friday, July 15 after the 2016 AFCC-MN Annual Conference for a lively and informative small group discussion on the topic of alienation and estrangement.  This half-day morning session will allow participants to bring to the table real life situations that present the challenges and issues surrounding ADR processes. This is an opportunity to interact in a more intimate setting with Dr. Garber and your colleagues.    


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Space is limited to 36 participants.


"You Can't Make Me!!!"

Reunification Therapy: The Oxymoron in Family Court?

Exploring Alienation, Estrangement & Reunification


U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center

July 14, 2016

Registration:                 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Annual Meeting:           8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Conference Program:   9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Cocktail Reception:      4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

 What’s the difference between Estrangement and Alienation?

What IS Reunification Therapy and how does it work?

What resources are available in our community?

Which practitioners use Best Practices?

When should the process stop, and why:  Was it successful or not effective?


Our featured speaker for this exciting and informative day is Dr. Benjamin Garber. Dr. Garber is a clinical child psychologist, freelance writer and director of HealthyParent.com in Nashua, New Hampshire. Dr. Garber holds advanced degrees in child and family development, clinical psychology, and psycholinguistics from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan. He is the author of "Keeping Kids Out Of The Middle" (HCI, 2008) and "Developmental Psychology For Family Law Professionals" (Springer, 2009) as well as several other books and hundreds of articles in all areas of child and family development.


Dr. Garber consults with schools, communities, corporations, professional organizations and courts across the country and in Canada in matters concerned with better understanding and serving the needs of children. He is a former Guardian ad litem, a Parenting Coordinator, and a closet cartoonist. To learn more about Dr. Garber, go to www.healthyparent.com and www.FamilyLawConsulting.org.


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Early Registration: $185 (through June 14)

Regular Registration: $215 (after June 14) 

What’s Happening:  Options for Supervised Parenting Time and Best Practices

April 8, 2016
Noon-1:00 p.m.

 Ramsey County Courthouse
Room 40

A panel consisting of organizational representatives and private parenting time supervisors will discuss protocols, pitfalls, and best practices for supervised parenting time.  Attendees will learn more about options for supervision as well as tips for finding the right fit for particular types of cases. 


Fee: AFCC Members $10
Non-members $15

 Panel Members Include:

Ann Gaasch from FamilyWise,
Matthew Meyers from Traverse Counseling & Consulting,
Jean Hariman from ProParenting Services,
LeeAnn Berkholtz from Perspectives, and
Laura Sahr Schmit from Walling Berg & Debele

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Rock the Boat:
How to Use Conflict to Heal & Deepen Your Relationship

January 8, 2016
12:00 Noon- 1:00 p.m.

Hennepin County Family Justice Center
Room 172

Resmaa Menakem, of Unbound Therapy Services, will present a theory challenging the idea that conflict between partners is unhealthy or something to avoid. Instead, he encourages both people to stand by what they need and who they are—but to do so with compassion rather than competitiveness or vengefulness.

AFCC-MN Members: $10
Non-members: $15
Students: Free


Eventbrite - AFCCMN Lunch & Learn: Rock the Boat, How to Use Conflict to Healh & Deepen Your Relationship

Court-Involved Therapy for Young Children:  When, What & How

February 12, 2016

8:30am to Noon

University of Minnesota- St. Paul Campus 



AFCC-MN  is sponsoring a half-day continuing education seminar on therapeutic intervention for young children caught up in parenting time disputes. Attendees will receive information about the nuts and bolts of doing therapy with young children in these situation, the pitfalls for therapists doing court involved therapy, relevant issues for court proceedings; and a proposed model order and the AFCC guidelines regarding best practices. 

Marie-Gabrielle Reed, PhD, LP will address effective therapeutic modalities and speak as a clinician regarding the pitfalls/best practices of child therapy in the context of family court - when parents are aligned against each other and the child is placed in the therapeutic middle.

David Gapen, Esq. and Sonja Larson, Esq. will present a family law perspective on the unique challenges for attorneys representing parents whose children's therapeutic issues are brought into the courtroom.  

There will be a panel discussion with members from the Boards of Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy. They will address questions about the special challenges that sometimes occur when doing court involved therapy results in conflicts with the ethics requirements set by professional boards. 

Michael Boulette, Esq and Nancy Berg, Esq will unveil a model order. The document will provide attorneys with a starting point when drafting a proposed order for child therapy to submit to the Court.


$120 For AFCC-MN Members/Guardian ad litems/Public Employees
$140 For Non-Members/Other Professionals


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October 29, 2015
12:00 noon- 1:30 p.m.

Gray Plant Mooty 
1010 West Saint Germain
Saint Cloud, MN 

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Farming is unique from most businesses.  If you have ever worked on a case involving a farm divorce or hope to in the future, you know that coming up with an accurate accounting of income and assets can at times be burdensome.  The need to go beyond just looking at the tax return and dig deeper into each clients’ “documents” is vital for a true equitable division.  Jana Aune Deach, Perry Long and Cindy Gleason will share methods and examples to account for all the income and assets.

Perry S. Long (CFP®, CDFA™, president and owner of Long Range Financial, Inc. and Long Range Divorce Financial Analysts, Inc.) has been working in the financial services industry since 1989. Perry grew up in Southern Minnesota and is familiar with farming and farm operations, having worked on several family farms during his adolescence. He currently has multiple clients who are involved in farming. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Perry specializes in helping family law attorneys and their clients navigate the financial complexities of marital dissolution. Perry has worked on numerous high-net-worth divorce cases involving complex asset division, including performing lifestyle analysis for clients with seven-figure incomes, and tracing marital and non-marital funds for asset division. He has testified in the district courts of Minnesota and assisted family law attorneys with the financial aspects of complex cases, some of which have gone to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Perry completed his Rule 114 Mediation Training in 2012 and Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) Training in 2013.

Jana Aune Deach, JD In her family law practice, Jana Aune Deach is a compassionate advocate for her clients and their children.  Knowledgeable, responsive, and compassionate, Jana is committed to understanding her clients’ positions and works as an advocate for their interests.  Whenever possible, it is Jana’s goal to move her clients toward resolution outside the courtroom, as this almost always results in the least detrimental effect upon the family.  However, in situations where the parties simply cannot resolve an issue, Jana is fully prepared to represent her client’s interests in the courtroom setting.

Cindy S. Gleason (CFP®, ChFC®, CDFA®, Mediator, owner of Gleason Resource Group and Gleason Financial Group) has been a financial professional since 1990.  She provides advanced divorce financial analysis and guidance to both counsel and clients during the process of dissolution.  Cindy grew up and worked on the family farm and managed the operation after her father’s death between 1981 until 2000, which provided the basis for understanding farming from the ground up.  She has performed analysis and testified as a financial expert in many farm and business cases, some of which have gone to the Iowa appellate courts.  She also co-trains attorneys in both Iowa’s 40 hour mediation training requirement and collaborative law trainings for full and abbreviated teams.  She is a highly requested financial neutral in several Iowa court districts.  In 2014 Cindy received her Elder Care Mediation training with the intention of helping farm and business families mediate the complexities of their estate plans and potentially reducing the number of fractured families after the passing of parents and grandparents.

CLE credits will be applied for.

Please invite your colleagues and associates.


Cost:  $15 for non-members, $10 for members.  

Payable by check or cash at the meeting.


Bring your own lunch or order a sandwich/chips/cookie by emailing:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Specify ham, turkey, veggie.  Sandwiches are from Erbert and Gerbert.  $10 payable to GPM at the

AFCC-MN Fall Half Day Conference:

Risk and Resilience of Children Caught in the Process

November 19, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

Are the kids alright?  How do you know when the children are at high risk during a divorce or juvenile court case? How are some children so resilient? How can we help build resilience for the children involved with the cases we touch? Our panelists will discuss risk and resilience in children whose parents are in the process of divorce and in children who are involved in the child protection system.   

Our distinguished panel includes:

Ann Masten, Ph.D., LP, of University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development

Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., LP, of University of Minnesota, Dept. of Family Social Science & Institute of Child Development

Our multidisciplinary panelists include:

Referee Patricia Moses, Hennepin County Family Court Referee

Deb Link, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Clinical Counselor

Kareem Braxton, Hennepin County Family Court Services Evaluator

$120 AFCC-MN Members/Guardian Ad Litems/Public Employees (Registration before October 30)
$140 All Other Profession and Non-members (Registration before October 30)

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Please save the date for our next Lunch and Learn at the Ramsey County Courthouse on October 9, 2015: 

Unpacking Minnesota’s (New) Best Interest Factors 

12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Now is your chance to engage in a facilitated discussion with mental health and legal colleagues to better understand the new best interest factors.  This Town Hall Forum will be facilitated by attorney Michael Boulette and family law neutral Jennifer Joseph.  

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the new factors and how to apply them to upcoming custody evaluations and contested custody cases. 


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Tips for Effective Use of Interpreters in Family Court Cases

June 12, 2015 at Noon

Hennepin County Family Justice Center
110 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 

Attendees will expand their general knowledge about interpreter training, qualifications, and scheduling.  Tips will be provided for using interpreters in family court cases, including considerations of cultural competency and domestic violence.


Presentation by Polly Ryan, Program Coordinator, Court Interpreter Program, Language Access Services, Court Services Division, State Court Administrator’s Office


Gennady Bronshteyn, interpreter

Abdi Elmi, interpreter

Kazoua Yang, Court Operations Supervisor, Ramsey County

Anna Scholl, Attorney, Wilson Law Group

This event is co-presented by AFCC-MN and Tubman


$10 for AFCC-MN Members

$15 for non-members

Free to Students with Student ID


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AFCC-MN Presents

Cyberstalking 101

Lunch & Learn

May 22, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Dakota County Courthouse- Hastings
Jury Assembly Room

Replay of the April 17 Lunch & Learn

Stalking, harassment and similar issues are no longer limited to a neighborhood. Harassment and electronic abuse can now occur from anywhere. This CLE will discuss the issues and the effect on individuals, as well how these offenses are committed.  Brook Schaub, manager of the computer Forensics Department at Eide Bailly is our featured speaker.  

$10 for AFCC-MN Members
$15 for non-members
Free to Students with Student ID

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