Washington Chapter


Washington AFCC is an extension of the international organization of AFCC, an association dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

To visit the International AFCC's web site www.afccnet.org


The Washington AFCC is a fully Chartered Chapter in the national organization. We received that distinction in 2012.  

WA AFCC members come together at annual meetings and conferences in our state and join in the international conferences and training programs to create a unique opportunity to belong to a worldwide network of professionals and to participate in an international exchange of information and expertise. AFCC members are committed to developing and refining innovative techniques to assist families in resolving their disputes, including:

  • Custody and Divorce Mediation
  • Parent Education
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Litigation
  • Parent Coordination
  • Child Protection and Dependency Mediation
  • Judicial Settlement Conferences
  • Special Masters and Parenting Coordinators
  • Mental Health Counseling & Forensics
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Supervised Visitation

WA AFCC Mission Statement (From ByLaws)

The Chapter shall carry out the mission of AFCC at the local level. The Chapter’s mission shall be consistent with that of AFCC and as expressed in these Bylaws.

The mission of  WA AFCC is as follows: AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.  WA AFCC is part of that larger organization and promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying evidence-based practices. Its membership includes judges, lawyers, mediators, evaluators, mental health professionals, academics, researchers, court administrators, and public policy makers.  


WA AFCC is a 501 (3c) organization that is registered in the State of Washington as a charitable educational community organization. Please consider donating here using the PayPal link in order to assist us in our efforts to help children and families in times of crisis. Your donation assists us in serving to train those who work with families in the court system. We thank you for your kind consideration. 


For More Information about the Washington Chapter, feel free to contact our current President,  Jennifer Wheeler, Ph.D.

Contact information may be found on the Leadership Tab or Contact Us Tab



We just held our Sixth Annual WA AFCC Conference at the Washington Athletic Club on March 25, 2017. 

"Parents Come in All Sizes and Forms..."

We had the wonderful input from two outstanding plenary speakers:

Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett

Embracing the Young Child : Parenting Plans that Stimulate Growth

Bill Eddy, J.D., LCSW, CFLS

High Conflict Parents: Making and Following Parenting Plans

with an Afternoon Program of multiple 90-minutes workshops. 

Workshop A: Pragmatics of a Developmental Systems Approach to Parenting Plans: Panel Discussion (Daniel Rybicki,Psy.D., Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L, Bill Eddy, LCSW, J.D., and Elise Buie, J.D.)

Workshop B: Attorney and Parenting Evaluator: Collaboration to Best Serve the Modern Family (Jennifer Wheeler, Ph.D. and Stacy Heard, J.D.)

Workshop C: Protecting Children From Conflict (Alyson Jones, MA, RCC, Melisa Ander, M.Ed., RCC)

Workshop D: Unsolvable Problems: Relocation in the 21st Century (Douglas Becker, J.D.)

Workshop E: Crafting Age-Appropriate Parenting Plans (Justin Sedell, J.D., and Jennifer Wheeler, Ph.D.)

Workshop F: Same-Sex Parenting: Legal Questions, Research Needs an Practical Solutions (Wendy Hutchins-Cook, Ph.D., Naomi Oderberg, Ph.D., Joseph Shaub, J.D., LMFT, and Frances Kevetter, J.D.)

There was a member meeting and an outstanding lunch buffet for networking and sharing ideas. The conference concluded with a successful Silent Auction and a Social Hour where participants got to spend time with the presenters and attendees. 


Stay tuned for plans for the 2018 Conference announcements.



Conference Materials from 2015 are still available at the following link

Conference Materials


CD's and MP3 recordings of Conference Sessions are 

available at the following link

Conference Recordings


See Details about Past Conferences at the Past Conference Tab 

or Follow this Link



Other AFCC Conferences of Interest

AFCC Training (details available at www.afccnet.org)

 AFCC-AAML 2017 Conference on 

Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Evaluation, Litigation and Settlement

September 14-16, 2017, in sunny San Diego, California.This exceptional, advanced-level training opportunity is a can't miss event! 

Topics Include:

  • Voice of the Child
  • Assessing Intimate Partner Violence
  • Relocation
  • Children Resisting Contact
  • The Child Representative
  • Step-up Parenting Plans
  • Diagnoses in Child Custody Cases
  • The Role of the Mental Health Consultant
Testifying and Cross-Examination

To Access Conference Brochure, use the AFCC Brochure Link


link to AFCC main page for more info

Other Local Training Events of Interest



 President:  Jennifer Wheeler, J.D.   dr.wheeler@yahoo.com
Webmaster and Treasurer: Daniel Rybicki, Psy.D. info@wa-afcc.net

(253) 509-0922 phone/fax

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