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


WA AFCC will be holding two training events in 2018 so make plans now to attend both of these great educational events.

From Shared Parenting Schedules to Children who Resist Contact with a Parent: 

Considerations for Residential Schedules and Interventions

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Univ. of Washington, Seattle

9:00 to 5:00

The 6 hour training event has been approved by the WSBA for CLE credit (activity 1049943) and there are approved credits for mental health and psychologists for CE units. 

The presenters are two of our esteemed board members,           Dr. Lynn Fainsilber-Katz and Dr. Jennifer Wheeler. 


The presentations are intended for judicial officers, family law attorneys, mediators, Guardian ad Litem, and parenting evaluators.

Program Description: Separating parents present with a wide range of strengths and deficits, which may vary tremendously depending on their level of conflict, personalities, and other factors.  At one end of the continuum are parents who are able to effectively co-parent post-separation under a “shared parenting” schedule.  At the other end of the continuum are families in which a child is resisting contact with one parent (often referred to as "alienation" cases).  In Part 1 of this training, we will provide an overview of the relevant scientific literature about "shared parenting” schedules, as well as practical considerations for designing schedules based on a family's individual needs. In Part 2 of this training, we will review the history of "alienation" as a framework for describing parent-child contact problems, and current approaches to describing and responding to these complex family dynamics.  We will provide information about interventions for responding to these dynamics from the point of the referral and following the entry of the Parenting Plan.  

More details about the specific content is available at the event page. Early Bird Registration Savings ends January 15, 2018.

Information and Register Now



We are in the early stage of putting together our 

Seventh Annual WA AFCC Conference 

at the Washington Athletic Club which will be held on 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We are planning on a View from the Bench Judicial Roundtable and a morning plenary session with

Robert Simon, Ph.D.

with an Afternoon Program of multiple 90-minute workshops. 



There will be member meeting and an outstanding lunch buffet for networking and sharing ideas. The conference will conclude with a Silent Auction and a Social Hour where participants have an opportunity to spend time with the presenters and attendees. 


Stay tuned for additional plans for the 2018 Conference 

and Consider Submitting a Proposal for a Workshop or Seminar Session as a Speaker or a Panel

Call for Presenters Link



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)

 Mark your Calendar for 

AFCC 55th Annual International Conference 

in Washington D.C.

Link to Announcement of Conference


link to AFCC main page for more info

Other Local Training Events of Interest

                   Oregon Chapter Annual Conference
Friday, April 13, 2018
Will the Entire Family Please Step Up: Professional, Parent, and Child Perspectives

Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., MSL, Kyle Pruett, MD, Stacey Platt, JD
Honorable Katherine Tennyson (Multnomah County), Honorable Karrie McIntyre (Lane County), Honorable Bethany Powers Flint (Deschutes County)

Registration opens mid-January


 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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