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AFCC-MN 2018 Annual Conference

Association of Family & Conciliation Courts: Minnesota Chapter

Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

AFCC-MN 2018 Annual Conference

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Regular Registration
Regular rate if you register after June 1, 2018.
Jul 19, 2018 $215.00 $0.00
Must present valid Student ID card the day of the event.
Jul 19, 2018 Free $0.00

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Event Details

Overcoming the Odds: Recognizing & Restoring Resilience in High Conflict Families

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Check-in & Breakfast:  7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome & Annual Meeting: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Conference Program:   9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Cocktail Reception:      4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Early Registration Rate: $185   (through June 1, 2018)

Special Early Registration Rate for Non-Profit & Government Employees: $135 (through June 1, 2018)

Regular Registration: $215  (after June 1) 

Our featured speaker for this year's annual conference is 

Robin Deutsch, Ph.D., APBB

Dr. Deutsch is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College (  For 25 years she was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, most recently as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology. Dr. Deutsch is a child and family forensic psychologist, mediator, Parenting Coordinator, and is board certified in couple and family psychology.  She provides consultation and expert witness services on child and adolescent development, complex custody issues, acustody and parenting evaluations, and boundary violations and ethical issues. 

She developed and teaches the Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues at William James College and is a founder of Overcoming Barriers, an organization that provides family-centered services for families in conflict. 

She has published extensively on issues related to attachment, alienation, co-parenting after divorce, high conflict divorce, parenting plans, and parenting coordination, and is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: and How to Talk about Them Anyway (Ballantine, 2005, 2011and co-editor of the book Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, Alienation (Oxford, 2017).  Dr. Deutsch was the co-chair of the AFCC Child Consultant Task Force.  She served on both the AFCC and APA task forces that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination, the AFCC task force that developed Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence and appointed the AFCC task force for Court-Involved Therapists.  She is a member of the Custody and Domestic Violence Project sponsored by the Office of Violence against Women.  Dr. Deutsch is the past president of the Massachusetts chapter of AFCC, past president of the AFCC, and former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee.

Panel Discussion:

The purpose of the panel is to discuss how some communities develop resiliency for their members.  Our thought is that the conference attendees will benefit from understanding the strengths of the Hmong, Native and African American communities and how these strengths help build resiliency for children.

Panel Members Biographies:

 Sondra Samuels

 Joe Hobot, Ed.D.

 Pheng Thao

Learning Objectives for Annual Training:

  1. Articulate solution focused and trauma informed strategies to engage parents and children moving forward after high conflict divorce. 
  2. Understand the relationship between trauma and strained parent/child relationships, articulate the influences that contribute to the strained relationships and implement trauma informed strategies to address resist/refuse relationships.
  3. Identify culturally specific mechanisms that build resiliency and implement community strategies to develop culturally appropriate referrals for children in high conflict families.
  4. Understand the value of the resources of guardians ad litem and custody evaluators in family court and the need for AFCC (and other affinity groups) to advocate for more funding to make these resources more available.


How can I contact someone at AFCC-MN if I have questions?


Do I have to bring a printed ticket or confirmation to the event?

No. Once you've completed your online registration, your name will be added to our event attendee list, so we'll be able to find your registration the day of the event. 

Where do I park?

Parking is available in the Lot S104, directly to the east of the Continuing Education and Conference Center off of Buford Avenue for $6. Additional parking is available in the Gortner Avenue parking ramp where higher hourly rates apply. 

When does check-in begin?

Event check-in and registration will open at 7:45 AM. Continental breakfast items will be available during this time, and the conference will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. 

What room will we be in?

The AFCC-MN Annual Conference will be held in Room 135 AC. When you enter the Continuing Education and Conference Center through the east doors, you can check the monitors if you need a reminder of our location. 

The afternoon cocktail reception will be held in the Upper Lobby.

What is the refund policy?

If you are unable to attend the event after registering, you may request a refund. Your registration fee will be refunded less a $25 administrative fee.

Have questions about AFCC-MN 2018 Annual Conference? Contact Association of Family & Conciliation Courts: Minnesota Chapter

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University of Minnesota: Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Association of Family & Conciliation Courts: Minnesota Chapter

AFCC-MN is an interdisciplinary and diverse association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of all children and families through the resolution of family conflict. 

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