Schedule

All times US Eastern Daylight Time

June 4

6:00PM - 8:00PM Conference Registration

June 5

7:30AM - 6:00PM Conference Registration
8:00AM - 9:00AM Coffee and Rolls for Institute Registrants
8:00AM - 5:00PM Exhibit Forum
1. Protecting Yourself and Your Practice in the Cyber World
2. Advanced Challenges in Family Mediation
3. Should Children Participate in Family Law Processes? Consider the Brain
4. Trans Children and Youth in the Family Court System
5. Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Cases
6. Judicial Officer’s Institute Strategies for Domestic Violence and Alienation Allegations in Parenting Disputes in Family Court
10:30AM - 10:45AM Break
12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch on your own
12:00PM - 5:00PM AFCC Board of Directors Meeting
2:45PM - 3:00PM Break
5:00PM - 6:00PM Orientation
6:00PM - 7:00PM Welcome Reception
7:00PM - 8:00PM AFCC Awards Ceremony
9:00PM - 11:59PM AFCC Hospitality Suite

June 6

6:15AM - 6:30AM Meditation
6:30AM - 7:15AM Yoga
7:30AM - 8:30AM Chapter Council Meeting
7:30AM - 5:00PM Conference Registration
7:30AM - 5:00PM Exhibit Forum
7:45AM - 8:45AM Coffee and Rolls
Opening Keynote: Gender Identity and Transitions: Personal, Spiritual, Legal, and Social Welcome: Stacey E. Platt, JD, AFCC President
10:00AM - 10:30AM Break
1. Curing Your Sleepless Nights: Practical Tips for Working with Resist/Refusal Dynamics
2. The Making of a Persuasive Expert in Reports and Testimony
3. Pros, Cons, and Ethics of Using Artificial Intelligence
4. Parenting and Substance Use Disorder: Reflections on Family Treatment Court
5. Retirement on Trial: Why Won’t Some People Retire, or Even Talk About It?
6. Impasse: Why it Happens and How to Fix It
7. Intimate Partner Violence: Unintended Consequences for Children
8. The Role of In-Camera Interviews in Hague Abduction Convention Cases
9. The Use and Misuse of Apology in the Search for Family Forgiveness
10. Parenting Coordination as an Ameliorative Measure in Cross-Border Conflicts
12:00PM - 1:30PM AFCC Luncheon
11. Screening for Intimate Partner Violence
12. Litigation Abuse: Understanding Its Dimensions and Appropriate Responses
13. Herding Cats: Setting Goals in Resist/Refuse Cases
14. Shared Residence, Interparental Conflict, and the Father-Child Relationship
15. Best Practices in Online Learning: How to Design Programs for Using New Skills
16. Working Constructively with Emotions in Family Law Negotiations
17. The Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation – Revisited
18. What Works (and What Doesn’t) for Kids and Adults in "Blended Families"
19. When Trauma Influences Professional Processes
20. Evaluators, Guardians Ad Litem, Parenting Coordinators: Love Them or Leave Them?
3:15PM - 3:30PM Break
21. Voice of the Child: What Is It? How Is It Applied? Guidelines for Eliciting
22. Trial Consultation in Family Law: Services, Opportunities, and Ethical Perils
23. Transgender Youth: Supporting Parents in Disputes About Their Transgender Kids
24. Culture vs. The Court: The Case for Culture as a Customary Factor to Consider
25. Neurodiverse Parents in Family Court: Challenges for Family Law Professionals
26. Technology, Authenticity, and Evidentiary Issues in Child Custody Cases
27. Using New Ways for Families Counseling with Parent-Child Contact Problems
28. All Shook Up: Ethical Considerations in Transitions with High-Conflict Families
29. Gaining Control Amidst Intimate Partner Violence, High-Conflict Couples, and Addiction
30. Judicial Officer’s Forum: The Voice of the Child
5:00PM - 6:00PM International Attendee Reception
5:00PM - 6:30PM DE&I Open Forum
6:30PM - 9:00PM Taste of Boston
9:00PM - 11:59PM AFCC Hospitality Suite

June 7

6:15AM - 6:30AM Meditation
6:30AM - 7:15AM Yoga
7:15AM - 8:15AM AFCC Committee Meetings
7:30AM - 5:00PM Conference Registration
7:30AM - 5:00PM Exhibit Forum
7:30AM - 8:30AM Coffee and Rolls
31. Adversity to Growth: Children’s Experience of Family Transitions
32. The Montreal Model for Parenting Coordination and its Application
33. Tending to the Wellbeing of Those Who Look After Others in the Courtroom
34. New Opportunities Widen Our Lenses from Young to Older
35. Lausanne Trialogue Play in Child-Parent Rejection: The Italian Systemic Approach
36. Post Separation Abuse: Parenting After Divorce for Custody Evaluators
37. Accounting for Relational Histories and Diverse Contexts in Divorce Education
38. What if It’s a Zebra: Spotting and Effectively Managing Exceptions in Families
39. Virtual Visitation: Navigating Screens, Schedules, and Sippy Cups with a Smile
40. Families in Transition Services from Sorting, Parenting Education, and Beyond
10:00AM - 10:30AM Break
Depolarizing by Example: AFCC Peace Talks on Parent-Child Contact Problems Welcome: Michael A. Saini, PhD, AFCC President Elect
12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch on your own
12:00PM - 1:30PM FCR Editorial Board Meeting
12:00PM - 1:30PM Chapter Presidents’ Lunch
41. The Truth About Kayden’s Law
42. Shedding Labels: All Diagnoses Are Not Created Equal
43. Child’s Voice, Court’s Choice: Two-way Communication between Children and Judges
44. Me, Mediation, and AI
45. Family Triage in Action: Judicial Perspectives Across the Country
46. Accounting for Safety and Resiliency When Crafting Parenting Plans
47. The Intersection of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Alcohol Use Disorder
48. The Art and Science of Collaborating with Parenting Time Professionals
49. Bending or Breaking? Viewing the Impact of Cultural Differences through Developmental Science
50. How to Conduct Custody Evaluations So Abusive Litigation is Less Likely
3:15PM - 3:30PM Break
51. Moving Towards Consensus on Parent-Child Contact Problems: A Discussion
52. Lying and Deception in Family Court Ordered Assessments: Who Knew?
53. Relative Plausibility and Inference to the Best Explanation in Child Custody Cases
54. Creating a New Dynamic: Secrets and Successes in Co-Parent Coaching
55. Unravelling the Puzzle: Exploring the Impact of Child Trauma on Development
56. Online Meetings with Children: Is it a Thing?
57. Shared Parenting in the USA, Europe, and Australia: Recent Insights
58. Yes, Chef! Balancing Leadership and Coordination in the Family Court Kitchen
59. Child-Centered Facilitative Mediation
60. Intimate Partner Violence Common Factors: Legislative and Empirical Considerations
6:30PM - 11:00PM AFCC Annual Banquet

June 8

6:15AM - 6:30AM Meditation
6:30AM - 7:15AM Yoga
7:30AM - 12:00PM Conference Registration
7:30AM - 12:30PM Exhibit Forum
8:00AM - 9:00AM Coffee and Rolls
8:00AM - 9:00AM AFCC Membership Meeting
61. Revised Guidelines for Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection Matters
62. The Use of Tort Law in Family Law Cases With IPV and Coercive Control
63. Family Intervention in a Politicized Environment: What Tools Do We Still Have?
64. Innovations in Singapore’s Family Justice Landscape
65. Engaging Fathers to Strengthen Families
66. Step-Parenting, Restructured Families, and Parent-Child Contact Problems
67. Queer Families in the Court System: From Youth to Adults
68. Child Inclusive PC: A Seven-Step Framework: What Are You Telling my Parents?
69. Parenting Coordination: Timing of Meetings and Managing Conflict Using Neuroscience
70. Relationships at Risk: Securing Legal Ties between Children and LGBTQ+ Parents
10:45AM - 11:00AM Break
71. Contemporary Families: Millennials, Gen Z and Family Court
72. Navigating the Court Process: Pathways and Procedures for Better Outcomes
73. Children of High-Conflict Divorce at School: The Experiences of Teachers
74. The Dream Team: Helping with Transition Using the Collaborative Law Process
75. Who’s Doing the Adapting? Parental Attunement and Misalignment
76. Safer Storage in Custody Litigation: Reducing Firearm Risks for Families
77. Navigating the Minefield of Supervised Parenting Time
78. We Hear, But Do We Listen? Point C and the Child’s Voice During Divorce
79. Addressing the Shortage of Mental Health Providers in Family Law
80. The Power of Semantics in Problem-Solving: Words to Conquer Conflict