WA AFCC Mission Statement
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
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
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WA AFCC will be
holding two training events in 2018 so make plans now to attend both of these
great educational events.
Shared Parenting Schedules to Children who Resist Contact with a Parent:
for Residential Schedules and Interventions
February 3, 2018
9:00 to 5:00
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
presenters are two of our esteemed board members,
Dr. Lynn Fainsilber-Katz
and Dr. Jennifer Wheeler.
presentations are intended for judicial officers, family law attorneys,
mediators, Guardian ad Litem, and parenting evaluators.
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
details about the specific content is available at the event page. Early Bird
Registration Savings ends January 15, 2018.
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
September 22, 2018.
We are planning
on a View from the Bench Judicial Roundtable and a morning plenary session with
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.
tuned for additional plans for the 2018 Conference
Submitting a Proposal for a Workshop or Seminar Session as a Speaker or a Panel
for Presenters Link
Materials from 2015 are still available at the following link
and MP3 recordings of Conference Sessions are
at the following link