Upcoming Trainings

Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2015

ADVANCED MEDIATION TRAINING –

THE CHILD CENTERED CONTINUUM MODEL IN FAMILY LAW

 

The ADR Section of the Washington State Bar Association is pleased to announce advanced mediation training in family law:

 

The Child-Centered Continuum Model of Mediation:  Increasing the Voice of the Child in Family Mediation/ADR Processes – 

 

Registration and information is at: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/continuing-legal-education/upcoming-programs/the-child-centred-continuum-model

 

The program is the second in the ADR Section’s series When Parents Separate, Kids Can’t Wait.  The first CLE training, Early Mediation Models in Family Law Cases, was co-sponsored by the WSBA Family Law Section and presented February 14, 2014.  A digital recording of that program is available through the WSBA. 

 

The October training is co-sponsored with the ADR Section by the Seattle University School of Law and the Dispute Resolution Center of King County.  The training program will be held at the Seattle University School of Law.

 

This unique training program addresses how to facilitate children’s voices being effectively heard and provides strategies for parent decision-making to include the child’s concerns. The program presents a four-level, skills-based framework, typologies of cases that would be suited to each level of child involvement, and the Parent Readiness Scale (PRS).

 

The trainers have collaborated and combined their experiences from the Canadian and Australian perspectives and offer concepts on international best practices.

 

Speakers:

Lorri A. Yasenik Ph.D., Co-Director, Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute // Yasenik Mediation and Counseling Group

Jon Graham, LLB, Clinical Director, Institute of Specialist Dispute Resolution

 

Overview:

The question is NOT WHETHER children should be heard, but rather HOW TO ensure children’s voices are effectively heard as part of an ADR process. A child-centred approach views the child as central to the family system, and provides strategies for parent decision-making to include the child’s concerns. The challenge that practitioners face is how and when to include children AND how to increase the readiness of the parents to hear their children’s concerns.

The Child-Centered Continuum Model (CCCM) is a four-level skills-based framework to increase the likelihood that children’s concerns will be included in mediation/ADR processes. The trainers have identified that one approach cannot be applied to all post separation families. In effect a child- centered strategy needs to be selected that accommodates parental readiness. In completing this course, participants will be exposed to the Parent Readiness Scale (PRS) and explore the typologies of cases that would be suited to each level of child involvement.

The trainers have collaborated and combined their experiences from the Canadian and Australian perspectives and will comment on international best practices concepts.

Participants will receive a 14-hour Certificate of Completion related to the CCCM.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Family Law Lawyers
  • Parenting Coordinators
  • Family Mediators
  • Mental Health Practitioners 
  • Judges
  • Legislators
  • Policy Makers
  • Educators
  • Court Administrators

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the four levels of child involvement and the cases in which each level is most appropriate.
  2. Apply a methodology for each of the four levels to compare and contrast the presentation of cases at each level.
  3. Enhance skills in clinical practice of child-centeredness.
  4. Explore the ethical implications of child-centred practice, the challenges of employing a child centered strategy, and the cost of employing traditional non child-centered strategies in family mediation.

TWO-DAY TRAINING OUTLINE


Friday, October 9th

Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Welcome & Introduction

Overview of the Child-Centered Continuum Model

  • Hearing the voice of children in Family Law case work;
  • Elevation of safety in all clinical work;
  • The challenge of working with parents of varying capacity;
  • Introducing the Parental Readiness Scale (PRS);
  • Introducing the Child and Youth Concerns Scale.

Session 2: 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Level 1 Managed Child Focus

  • PRS indicators;
  • Strategies for work at Level 1;
  • Video demonstration at Level 1.

Session 3: 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Level 2 Child Focus

  • PRS indicators;
  • Strategies for work at Level 2;
  • Video demonstration at Level 2.

Session 4: 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Skills Development Level 1 and Level 2;

Case study application in small groups.

 

Saturday, October 10th

Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Level 3 Child Assisted Participation

  • PRS indicators;
  • Strategies for work at Level 3;
  • Video demonstration at Level 3.

Session 2: 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Skills Development Level 1 and Level 2;

Case study application in small groups.

 

Session 3: 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Level 4 Direct Child Participation

  • PRS indicators;
  • Strategies for work at Level 4;
  • Video demonstration at Level 4.

Session 4: 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Putting it all together.

  • The Child Centered Model and use of the PRS;
  • Model selection and ethical challenges, working from a safety framework;
  • Where to from here.

 

 

Lorri Yasenik, Ph.D., RSW, CPT-S, RPT-S, is a registered family mediator, registered parenting coordinator-arbitrator, registered clinical social worker, registered play therapist and child specialist.  Dr. Yasenik is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she is the Co-Director of Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. She delivers national and international training related to children’s issues and play therapies and completed her doctoral dissertation on “Including the Voices of Children of Separation and Divorce in the Legal System.”

 

Jon Graham, B.A. (psch.), B. Com, LLB, Grad Dip Family Dispute Res (Australia), is an attorney with qualifications in psychology, commerce, and post-graduate training in family mediation. For over 20 years he has combined clinical experience with families experiencing divorce and separation with a substantial training program throughout Australia.  Jon is based in Sydney, Australia and is the Clinical Director of the Institute of Specialist Dispute Resolution, which provides custom-tailored dispute resolution process for families presenting with complex issues and provides training and clinical supervision for mediators.

 

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