Lunch & Learn Virtual Event – February 25th – The Role of Attachment in Family Law Cases

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The Role of Attachment in Family Law Cases

February 25th 12:00-1:15pm
Virtual Event
1.25 credits CLE – Approval Pending


Understanding and applying the concept of attachment can be challenging in family law cases. This Lunch and Learn will explore what attachment is and how the concept can be appropriately used to inform parents, professionals, and decision-makers about children’s best interests. While attachment is not a not a culture bound concept, speakers will explore Minnesota statute regarding attachment and cultural differences.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Use the terms secure, insecure and disorganized attachment accurately
  2. Recognize errors in the use of attachment concepts in professional reports
  3. Apply attachment concepts when developing parenting plans


Mindy F. Mitnick is a Licensed Psychologist

Mindy F. Mitnick is a Licensed Psychologist practicing in Minneapolis. She received a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota. She specializes in work with families in the divorce process and with victims of abuse and their families. She has been a speaker for the National Child Protection Training Center, Office of the Children’s Lawyer in Canada, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and numerous statewide multidisciplinary training programs.

Ms. Mitnick has written and taught extensively about the assessment of child sexual abuse allegations during custody disputes. Ms. Mitnick served as a member of the Minnesota Custody Dialogue Group that rewrote the state’s Best Interest Factors and co-chaired the Child-Focused Parenting Time Guide workgroup.

Ms. Mitnick is currently President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Kirsten Lysne, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Kirsten Lysne is a licensed psychologist and the founder of Moxie Incorporated, a firm of mental health professionals that provides a wide range of coaching, clinical and dispute resolution services, particularly in the context of Family Law. She has over 30 years of experience working with children and families, and 20+ years of specialization in work with divorcing families. Dr. Lysne specializes in working with parents through Divorce Coaching, Mediation, and Consulting Expert roles; and consults widely with attorneys and judges about managing conflict, stress and complex cases.

She earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, which specializes in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary practice.

Dr. Lysne is a member of the ADR Ethics board to which she was appointed by the Supreme Court in 2016. She is a past member of the Ethics Committee for the MN Psychological Association. And she is, of course, a member of AFCC.