“Challenges in Co-Parenting”

November 2-4, 2016
Sheraton of Fort Worth
1701 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
14 credit CLE/CEU hours (1.50 ethics hours)

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WEDNESDAY, November 2nd

11:30 a.m. Registration open
12:30-12:45 p.m. Associate Judges Steve Owen and Cherami Jenkins, IV-D Court Judges—Welcoming Remarks
12:45-1:00 p.m. TADRO roll call and County DRO updates
1:00-1:10 p.m. Raffle drawing for hotel room, breakfast vouchers and parking passes
1:10p.m.-5:00 p.m. Dr. Leslie Drozd, Ph.D.—Keynote Presentation
“Understanding Gatekeeping, Alienation & Estrangement Issues in Devising Parenting Plans”
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Networking Social

drozd Dr. Leslie Drozd is a well-known expert on family violence, abuse and alienation, especially in high conflict divorce cases. She has conducted custody evaluations for more than 25 years and has presented nationally and internationally on issues that affect children in the family court system. She helped create the AFCC Model Standards for Conducting Child Custody Evaluations as well as the supplement for those Standards on domestic violence. She is an editor or author a myriad professional articles and books including Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied Research for Family Court (2012 & 2016) and Parenting Plan & Child Custody Evaluations: Using Decision Trees to Increase Evaluator Competence & Avoid Preventable Errors. When not presenting, Dr. Drozd serves as an expert witness and consultant in high conflict cases and works as a parent coordinator and co-parenting & reintegration/reunification therapist.

THURSDAY, November 3rd

MORNING: TRACK ONE – Family and Children Track

8:30-9:15 a.m. Ken Shetter, JD; Michelle Morgan, VP and Director- One Safe Place Family Justice Center
“The Impact on Children who Witness Family Violence”
Ken and Michelle will present case studies and research on the damage caused when children are exposed, directly and indirectly to domestic violence in the home, and the unique ethical responsibilities for the family law professionals who represent or work with cases in which domestic violence is an issue

9:15-10:00 a.m. Christie Glenn, Executive Director; Denise Hallmark, Visitation Coordinator; Tammy Bunch, Collection/Enforcement Manager; Heather Helton and Jimmy Cantu, Probation Counselors – DRO Tarrant County
“Virtual Visitation – Using New Resources to Enhance Access for Children”
This panel will review the growing need for innovation in parenting in an increasingly mobile society. They will explore what technology is currently available to enhance long distance, remote and supervised visitation.

10:00-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15-11:00 a.m. Heather King, JD, Chair of Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas
“What’s New – Hot out of the Legislature”
Heather will review recent statutory changes and case law in family law.

11:00-11:50 a.m. Jaque Flynt, JD, Executive Director, Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County
“Tips and Techniques for a Successful Mediation”
Family law has its own unique set of dynamics. Jaque will present practical ideas to improve negotiations, mediation and settlement conferences with parents in the family law system.

MORNING: TRACK TWO – Child Support Track
8:30-9:15 a.m. Associate Judges Steve Owen and Cherami Jenkins IV-D Court Judges
“Understanding Social Security and Veterans Benefits in Child Support Cases”
The judges will present the special considerations for child support when dealing with a disabled parent or veteran receiving benefits.

9:15-10:00 a.m. Courtney Young, Justice Involved Veterans (JIV)
“Treatment and Community Reintegration of Returning Vets”
With an increasing number of veterans returning from combat deployments to civilian life, Courtney will discuss the needs of this population and what resources are available to assist them in getting back to parenting their children.

10:00-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15-11:50 a.m. Tommy Jordon, Executive Director, New Day Services
“FOCUS – Fathers Offering Children Unconditional Support -Dads Share Their Stories”
The FOCUS class for Fathers originated by request of the Tarrant County Child Support Courts as an effort to challenge, inspire, and equip non-compliant, non-custodial fathers to be responsible and engaged parents. Tommy will discuss the program’s outcomes, including increased child support payments and better co-parenting relationships and Texas is leading the way nationally in
creating policy and laws to address those findings.


MORNING: TRACK THREE – Shared Parenting Grantee Meeting
9:00-11:45 a.m. Deborah Arellano, Shared Parenting Coordinator, Family Initiatives

12:00-12:20 p.m. TADRO Membership Meeting/ AFCC Membership Meeting
12:20p.m.-1:20p.m.—Lunch Provided
Honorable Debra Lehrmann, Supreme Court Justice of the State of Texas
“Updates, Inquiries and Observations”

AFTERNOON: TRACK ONE – Family and Children Track
1:30-2:15 p.m. Lori Coplen, LCSW, DFPS
“Therapeutic Supervised Visitation”
In those cases in which extreme alienation or abuse has impaired the parent/child relationship, observation and minimal oversight is not enough. Lori will discuss how direct involvement of a mental health professional trained to intervene, coach and redirect can contribute to restoring the damaged relationship.

2:15-3:00 p.m.: Carol Mapp, LCSW, Founder of Integrated Healthworks
“Parent Facilitation – When, How, and Why to Use a Parent Facilitator”
Carol will discuss how parent facilitation can move high conflict parents to positive co-parenting. She will discuss the qualifications, the processes and share case studies.

3:00-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-5:00 p.m. Dr. Brooks McKenzie, Ph.D., President and Founder of LBH Research & Consulting, LLC
“Using Attachment Based Assessments in Child Custody Cases”
Understanding whether a parent or a child has good attachments, or not, gives new insight into devising appropriate care and access plans, especially for small children. Dr. McKenize will educate us on exactly what attachment based assessments are, how the assessments are done and how that information is relevant in devising parenting plans.
AFTERNOON: TRACK TWO – Child Support Track
1:30-2:15 p.m. Kelicia Lyons, Texas Office of the Attorney General
“Finding the Custodial Parent and other Locate Issues”
Kelicia will discuss the availability and limits of location services for parents whose address is unknown and other resources.

2:15-3:00 p.m.: Courtney/Summer – Dept. of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services – DARS
“Finding Work for Those with a Physical or Cognitive Disability”
For so many parents, it is not that they are unwilling to support their children, but they are not able. Courtney and Summer will review the programs available to assess what is holding a parent back from securing stable employment and resources available to overcome those obstacles.

3:00-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-4:00 p.m. OAG Roundtable
“Solving Problems, Sharing Successes, Exchanging Ideas”
This is an open panel discussion to review what works with the OAG, what needs improving and ideas for innovation and success.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Donna Larson, Director, Community Supervision; Clint Dupew, Director, Legal Enforcement; Denise Martin, Director Child Support Off ice—Tarrant County
“Best Practices in Community Supervision, Legal Enforcement and Child Support”
The three Tarrant County DRO Directors will discuss their best practices and encourage audience participation.

AFTERNOON: TRACK THREE – Shared Parenting Grantee Meeting
1:30—4:00p.m. Deborah Arellano, Shared Parenting Coordinator, Family Initiatives

FRIDAY, November 4th

8:30-10:45 a.m. Bruce Bower , LMSW, Assistant Professor University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work “Neuroscience, Aggression and Intervention in the Family”
Bruce Bower will discuss the various factors leading to aggression and violence in family relationships. He will further review op-tions for coping with and intervening when a parent or child is volatile.

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break

11:00-11:45 a.m. Joe Stallard , VP of Human Resources, Sewell Automotive Companies
“Giving Extraordinary Customer Service, No Matter What You Do”
Whether a lawyer, mental health provider or a judge working in the family law system, it requires the ability to work with people who may not be in the best place or time in their lives. Remembering and understanding that we need to treat each other and the families in the system with civility and respect is often lost in the daily grind. Joe will discuss the importance of treating each other, the clients and ourselves well to enhance best outcomes for families in crisis.

11:45 a.m. Adjourn

REGISTRATION FEE: includes Wednesday evening social and Thursday luncheon (does NOT include hotel cost or meals except where indicated): Register online at www.texasafcc.org
Registration Questions: barbara.schnack@dro.nctx.net

Before 10/12/16 After 10/13/16
Texas AFCC members $125.00 $150.00
Non- Texas AFCC members $150.00 $175.00
Student Rate $ 60.00 $ 90.00

Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa, 1701 Commerce St., Fort Worth TX 76102
$119 (plus applicable taxes) per night; single room (king beds) and double occupancy (queen beds) are the same rate; Parking is an additional fee.

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