Community Chat – That’s Not What I Meant To Say: Understanding Your Role and Responsibility in Effective Communication

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We know all too well how parents’ communications go poorly when the parties are in conflict and litigation, especially when kids must stay home from school while parents are either working from home or not working at all. But what about when professionals’ communications go poorly as well? We are going to look at how attorneys/professionals communicate with each other in front of parents and each other in order to identify how the content of a message gets bogged down by the process by which it’s communicated. We are also going to share strategies to help professionals model the good communication we encourage parents to have with each other.

This presentation is a look at how quickly communication can digress and negatively impact everyone involved. But, with suggestions and strategies from a family therapist and a practicing family law attorney, you will see how to lower your clients’ stress as well as yours while under the pressures of working from home, dealing with COVID-19 uncertainty, court deadlines, and maintaining advocacy for your clients.

This will be an opportunity to ask questions you may have. will be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation on May 22.


Theresa Bofferding, Attorney

Jennifer L. McBride McNamara, MA, LAMFT

Racheal Howitz, OurFamilyWizard

Theresa Bofferding is an attorney Ortner & Bofferding, LLC.  While in law school, she served as Marshal for the Minnesota Supreme Court. After law school, Theresa clerked for the Honorable Gordon Shumaker at the Minnesota Court of Appeals and then practiced in many areas of law – primarily insurance defense litigation. My experience includes state and federal court trials and appellate advocacy in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, I grade Minnesota State Bar exam essays and teach college-level courses in law, ethics, and writing.

Jennifer McBride is a therapist in private practice at Touching Trees in the Twin Cities. Jenni is a member of AFCC, Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (MAMFT), the Family Law League, and is a board member of Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota (CPN). She is the author of Outsmart Your High-Stress Divorce and other titles, including Child Less Parent:

“Snapshots” of Parenting Alienation. Jenni provides workshops called “Outsmart Your Narcissistic Ex” for individuals who experience their exes as high conflict. Jenni has also presented on the concept of “everlasting divorce” twice for MAMFT. In her practice, Jenni counsels and coaches individuals going through divorce, provides Discernment Counseling, facilitates Prepare-Enrich sessions, provides decoupling counseling, and also works with couples who are trying to keep the relationship together. She developed the Relationship Consulting process for couples who want initial direction for their counseling. Jenni is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 in the State of Minnesota and has provided mediation services through the volunteer mediation program in Ramsey County.

Racheal Howitz has been a professional liaison for the OurFamilyWizard® website since 2016. Her role includes educating Judges, lawyers, and other family law professionals on the online tools that can be utilized to benefit and monitor the parental communication process in high conflict cases.
Location:  On line only
Prepay with Credit Card only.

Register early – we anticipate a full house. 

AFCC-MN Members:  $10

Non-members:  $15

Students:  Free

*On Line Only*

**There will be NO CE units for the Community Chats**