Past Events

Film Viewing/Discussion of Broken Places

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film, Broken Places.  Reception, Networking and Facilitated Discussion of film included.

March 25 Lunch & Learn – Child-Focused Parenting Time Guide

Learn more about the revised Child Focused Parenting Time Guide at AFCC MN’s Lunch and Learn March 25 – (This is a repeat of our December 13 event) the content, process, guiding principles, and “what’s next” for the Guide.

January 25th Lunch & Learn

Join the MN Chapter of AFCC for a practical guide to supervised
parenting time in family court matters.

OCTOBER 23 HALF DAY CONFERENCE

EVALUATING AND ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE ABUSE DURING PARENTING TIME AND CUSTODY DISPUTES
Save the Date – October 23, 2018!

SEPTEMBER 14 LUNCH & LEARN

Coercive control is a strategy some people use to dominate their intimate partners. It limits the abilities of victims to break free, assert their autonomy, and cooperate with authorities. Coercive control can occur with or without physical violence.

*******2018 AFCC-MN ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Articulate solution focused and trauma informed strategies to engage parents and children moving forward after high conflict divorce.
Understand the relationship between trauma and strained parent/child relationships, articulate the influences that contribute to the strained relationships and implement trauma-informed strategies to address resist/refuse relationships.

MAY 16 LUNCH & LEARN

Join us for an hour-long panel discussion on the topic of Minnesota’s New Parenting Expense Adjustment.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY WITH FAMILY LAW LEAGUE FRIDAY DECEMBER 8, 2017

A drink ticket and light snacks will be provided.
If you have a team, please determine a team name and use it when you RSVP so we can track the teams.
AFCC-MN & FLL will donate $500, in the winning team’s name, to the charity of their choice.

2017 AFCC-MN ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Our featured speaker for this year’s annual conference is Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. Dr. Marsh is the Director of Judicial Studies and Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

APRIL 27 LUNCH & LEARN

Please join us April 27, 2017 at the Ramsey County Courthouse for a Lunch & Learn with Nancy Ver Steegh of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and a panel of experts including Karen Irvin, PhD, LMFT, Referee Jim Street (Second Judicial District), and Victoria Brenner(Attorney at Collins Buckley and President-elect of AFCC-MN)

APRIL 18 HALF DAY CONFERENCE

In this half-day workshop designed for all ADR professionals, Dr. Kodalen will explore this working relationship through a combination of didactic presentation, lively audience participation/discussion, and a Q&A session with a diverse panel of experts from the mental health field.

RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film, Resilience:  The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope.
Resilience chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

FEBRUARY 15 HALF DAY CONFERENCE

AFCC-MN is hosting a half-day continuing education seminar on overnights for young children. Featuring Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett, this presentation combines practical clinical experience and the latest empirical information to illuminate what we know and to distinguish it from what we wish we knew about young children and overnights.

2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Have you ever been frustrated working with clients who do not trust or do not understand “the system?”  Working with families can be difficult, as we all know.  Regardless of what role we serve (attorneys, therapists, ADR providers, judicial officers, financial neutrals), these challenges are more pronounced when our clients are reluctant to engage our services, and can be downright overwhelming when one or more party is self-represented.

2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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. 

APRIL 8, 2016 LUNCH & LEARN

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.

FEBRUARY 2016 HALF DAY CONFERENCE

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.

JANUARY 8, 2016 LUNCH & LEARN

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.

NOVEMBER 2015 HALF DAY CONFERENCE

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.

ST CLOUD EVENT: DIVORCING THE FAMILY FARM

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.

OCTOBER 9, 2015 LUNCH & LEARN

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.

JUNE 12, 2015 LUNCH & LEARN

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.

DAKOTA COUNTY LUNCH & LEARN: CYBERSTALKING 101 REPLAY

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.

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 HALF DAY

Some of the most difficult custody cases are often those involving allegations of sexual abuse.  Abuse allegations, whether made by the child directly or by a parent or family member on his or her behalf, can result in increased involvement from a variety of professionals including law enforcement, child protective services, mental health professionals, and forensic psychologists and interviewers.

OCTOBER 30, 2014 ST. CLOUD LUNCH & LEARN

This presentation will introduce participants to a four-part framework for addressing custody cases involving domestic violence and will include an overview of new tools to apply in this context.

OCTOBER 7, 2014 LUNCH & LEARN

Recent research has shown that there are predictable behaviors evident in high conflict families. Understanding these dynamics will assist the family law attorneys, mental health professionals, guardians and other neutrals to assist families through conflict

JUNE 17, 2014: ST. CLOUD LUNCH & LEARN

Please join us from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, for a panel discussion of the roles in family court moderated by Ellen Abbott, co-author of the recently updated Minnesota CLE Summary Guide Comparing Roles in Family Cases.

2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Still relying on that guide in your arguments to the court or when issuing parenting time decisions? Then this conference is for you! Learn how social science research conducted both nationally and internationally over the past 15 years can improve your approach to resolving, arguing and deciding parenting time issues.

JUNE 27, 2014 LUNCH & LEARN

Ever wondered about the interplay of child protection and family court? Here’s your chance to hear more about both courts and how they interact. Our panelists provide information about these two systems, including screening, the evolution of these courts over time, and current trends.

APRIL 11, 2014 LUNCH & LEARN

The turnout for the AFCC-MN Lunch & Learn “Informing the Court About Mental Illness” was high––evidence of its importance and relevance to custody proceedings.
Samuel Albert, Ph.D., L.P. reviewed for the audience five broad areas which are problematic for parents caught up in custody proceedings: emotional regulation, behavior control, cognitive difficulties, substance abuse, and disordered personality traits.

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 HALF DAY CONFERENCE

Even though Minnesota’s winter of 2014 was again breathing down our backs with yet another snow storm, AFCC MN’s half day seminar “Emerging Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals and Family Law Attorneys,” was an event well worth leaving home and office to attend!

JANUARY 23, 2014 LUNCH & LEARN

Michael Boulette, J.D., and Nancy Darcy, M.A., L.P., moderated a panel consisting of Nancy Zalusky-Berg, J.D., Beth Harrington, Ph.D., L.P., Judy Sherwood, LMFT, and Richard Stebbins, J.D. on the topic of Parent Consulting, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

AFCC & FAMILY LAW LEAGUE JOINT CLE AND RECEPTION

In a standing room only event held November 14, 2013, AFCC-MN and the Family Law League joined together to host a joint social event and CLE/CEU presentation at Kieran’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis.

APRIL 2013: AUTISM, THE COMING TSUNAMI OF FAMILY COURT; WHAT EVERY LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW

Learn how to best help your clients and their families deal with this multidimensional and complex disorder as they try to successfully navigate the legal, emotional and financial process of divorce. Learn the differences between Autism, Asperger’s Disorder & Pervasive Developmental Disorder…often referred to as
the Autism Spectrum Disorders.

FEBRUARY 2013: HEARING THE CHILD:FORENSIC INTERVIEWING OF CHILDREN AND CHILD INCLUSIVE MEDIATION

Join us for a half-day conference presentation and discussion about these emerging topics in family law. We will discuss how children can appropriately be included in the court process and the difference between forensic interviewing and mediation. Speakers will discuss the tips for recognizing reliable forensic interviews, tips for conducting child-inclusive mediation and the traps to avoid.

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