The 2018 AFCC-MN Annual Conference at
The U of M Continuing Education & Conference Center in St. Paul, MN.
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN

July 19, 2018


Dr. Robin Deutsch
Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law
William James College and
core faculty in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Check-in & Breakfast:                     7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
Welcome & Annual Meeting:           8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Conference Program:                      9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Cocktail Reception:                         4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Learning Objectives for Annual Training

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.

Identify culturally specific mechanisms that build resiliency and implement community strategies to develop culturally appropriate referrals for children in high conflict families.

Understand the value of the resources of guardians ad litem and custody evaluators in family court and the need for AFCC (and other affinity groups) to advocate for more funding to make these resources more available.

Panel Discussion:

The purpose of the panel is to discuss how some communities develop resiliency for their members.  Our thought is that the conference attendees will benefit from understanding the strengths of the Hmong, Native and African American communities and how these strengths help build resiliency for children.

Panel Members Biographies

Robin Deutsch, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College (www.williamjames.edu/cffc).  For 25 years she was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, most recently as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology.

Dr. Deutsch is a child and family forensic psychologist, mediator, Parenting Coordinator, and is board certified in couple and family psychology.  She provides consultation and expert witness services on child and adolescent development, complex custody issues, a custody and parenting evaluations, and boundary violations and ethical issues.  She developed and teaches the Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues at William James College and is a founder of Overcoming Barriers, an organization that provides family-centered services for families in conflict.

She has published extensively on issues related to attachment, alienation, co-parenting after divorce, high conflict divorce, parenting plans, and parenting coordination, and is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: and How to Talk about Them Anyway (Ballantine, 2005, 2011) and co-editor of the book Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, Alienation (Oxford, 2017).  Dr. Deutsch was the co-chair of the AFCC Child Consultant Task Force.  She served on both the AFCC and APA task forces that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination, the AFCC task force that developed Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence and appointed the AFCC task force for Court-Involved Therapists.  She is a member of the Custody and Domestic Violence Project sponsored by the Office of Violence against Women.  Dr. Deutsch is the past president of the Massachusetts chapter of AFCC, past president of the AFCC, and former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee.

Books will be available for purchase on site.