AFCC Webinars

Parent-Child Contact Problems: NCJFCJ and AFCC Working Toward Common Ground

Hon. Ramona Gonzalez, Matthew Sullivan, PhD

November 17, 2021
1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US/Canada

Registration closes November 16, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time US

Parent-Child Contact problems: NCJFCJ and AFCC working toward Common Ground
The leadership of the NCJFCJ and the AFCC have been working for more than a year on fashioning a joint statement on children’s resistance/refusal to have contact with a parent. This inter-organizational collaboration was undertaken to help address some of the controversies and conundrums in the family justice field that adversely impact our ability to intervene to protect the health and well-being of families, particularly children. The constructive conversation we hope to have in the field may lead to filling in the gaps of training and resources for court professionals. This webinar will highlight where we are in the process of this collaborative effort and highlight the salient points we are stressing in this statement to help professionals move to more common ground. 

This webinar is eligible for up to one hour of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20

Hon. Ramona A. Gonzalez is the presiding judge in La Crosse County, Wisconsin.  She was first elected as a circuit judge in 1995 and re-elected in 2001, 2007, 2013 and 2019.  Born in the Dominican Republic, Judge Gonzalez is a highly sought expert on family law issues, specializing in particular on national and international matters relating to child custody, domestic violence and civil child abduction. She has participated in conventions, conferences, seminars, and workgroups throughout the world and regularly addresses national and international audiences as a trainer and keynote speaker.  Judge Gonzalez was a member of the steering committee for the Think Tank convened by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts to study shared parenting time.  Judge Gonzalez is the 2019-20 President of the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and a national trainer on domestic violence issues, a former member of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, and current member of the Wisconsin Judicial Committee on Child Welfare. Judge Gonzalez received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University in Chicago in 1978 and her law degree from the Marquette University Law School in 1981.

Matthew Sullivan, PhD.,  Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D. has been in private practice in Palo Alto, California, specializing in forensic and clinical work in the Family Courts for over 30 years. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books on topics related to work in high conflict shared custody situations. He is a pioneer in the development of Parenting Coordination role internationally and trains family justice professionals about understanding and intervening in Parent-Child Contact problems in high conflict shared parenting arrangements. He was the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) international organization from 2019-20. He served on the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee from 2016-2018.  He is the co-founder of Overcoming Barriers, Inc., which is a non-profit organization that has developed a variety of innovative programs for high conflict shared custody arrangements. Dr. Sullivan received the 2012 Joseph Drown award for outstanding service to children by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California chapter.  For more information his website is