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  • Juggling Conflicts, Crises and Clients

    in Family Court

    Juggling Conflicts, Crises and Clients

    in Family Court

    4 3 R D A N N U A L C O N F E R E N C E

    May 31-June 3, 2006

    Westin Innisbrook Resort

    Tampa Bay, Florida

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

  • Learn the Latest Innovations ■ Special issues in military divorces

    ■ Advanced issues for parenting coordinators

    ■ Innovative dispute resolution processes

    ■ Child abduction prevention

    ■ Collaborative divorce

    ■ Differentiating domestic abuse

    ■ Assessing religious disputes

    Build Your Practice Skills ■ Mediation skills and techniques

    ■ New frontiers in negotiation

    ■ Ethical challenges for family lawyers

    ■ Psychological testing

    ■ Dealing with difficult clients

    ■ Expert testimony

    ■ Settling financial disputes

    Relax, Refresh and Recharge! The Westin Innisbrook Resort is nestled in 900 acres of rolling hills surrounded by pine and cypress trees on Florida’s Gulf Coast and is a spectacular getaway for the entire family.

    Six swimming pools, including waterslides, a poolside grill and complimentary

    beach shuttle.

    Four championship golf courses, 11 tennis courts and six miles of nature, biking and jogging trails.

    A fitness center and children’s recreation center. Day trips to

    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Walt Disney World are 30-90

    minutes away.

    Rooms begin at $128 per night; suites with kitchenettes begin at $148 per night.

    AFCC 43rd Annual Conference

    Juggling Conflicts, Crises and Clients in Family Court May 31 – June 3, 2006

    WHY ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE? The AFCC Annual Conference brings together innovators, thinkers and reformers. You’ll interact with leading judges, mediators, lawyers, parenting coordinators, custody evaluators, researchers and others.

    Annual Conference program, January 2006, Vol 43, No. 1 Published annually by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

    6525 Grand Teton Plaza, Madison, WI 53719


    Continuing Education for psychologists, lawyers, mediators and mental health professionals AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing educa- tion for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program. Sessions are eligible for continuing education units through the Association for Conflict Resolution and CME hours for mediators in Florida. Application has been made for continuing education for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers and lawyers in Florida. Please see page 27 of this program for further details.

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    Featured Presenters

    Professor Martin F. Guggenheim Author, What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights

    Pauline H. Tesler, J.D. Co-author, Collaborative Divorce

    Dr. Isolina Ricci Author, Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids

    Professor Andrew Schepard Author, Children, Courts

    and Custody

    Hon. Susan B. Carbon Vice President, National Council

    of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

    Forrest S. Mosten, J.D. Author, The Complete Guide

    to Mediation

    Erica Ariel Fox, J.D. Harvard Negotiation

    Insight Initiative

    Hon. Hugh E. Starnes AFCC President

    Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett Yale School of Medicine

    Hon. Denise McColley Family Court of

    Henry County, Ohio

    Professor Linda Elrod Editor, Family Law Quarterly

    Sharon B. Press, J.D. Director, Florida Dispute

    Resolution Center

    Hon. R. James Williams Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

    Hon. Peter Boshier Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand

    Chief Justice Diana Bryant Family Court of Australia

    Christine A. Coates, M.Ed., J.D. Co-author, Learning

    from Divorce

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    AFCC Board of Directors President Hon. Hugh E. Starnes, Fort Myers, FL

    President Elect Mary Ferriter, J.D., M.P.A., Boston, MA

    Vice President/Secretary Hon. William C. Fee, Angola, IN

    Treasurer Robert M. Smith, M.Div., J.D., Fort Collins, CO

    Past President Leslye Hunter, M.A., Metairie, LA

    Richard Altman, J.D., Napoleon, OH

    Wendy Bryans, LL.B., Ottawa, ON

    Annette T. Burns, J.D., Phoenix, AZ

    Hon. George Czutrin, Hamilton, ON

    Hon. Linda M. Dessau, Melbourne, Australia

    Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., Boston, MA

    Cori Erickson, M.S., Sheridan, WY

    Linda B. Fieldstone, M.Ed., Miami, FL

    Stephen Grant, M.A., Wethersfield, CT

    Hon. Emile Kruzick, Orangeville, ON

    C. Eileen Pruett, Columbus, OH

    Arnold Shienvold, Ph.D., Harrisburg, PA

    Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D., West Palm Beach, FL

    Janet Walker, Ph.D., Newcastle upon Tyne, England

    Conference Program Committee Leslye Hunter, M.A., Co-chair Hon. Denise McColley, Co-chair Hon. George Czutrin Mary Ferriter, J.D., M.P.A. Dianna Gould-Saltman, J.D. Rebecca T. Magruder, M.S.W., J.D. Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L. Hon. Hugh E. Starnes

    AFCC Staff Executive Director Peter Salem, M.A.

    Program Director Candace Walker, CMP, CMM

    Marketing and Development Manager David Vigliotta, B.S.

    Registrar/Office Manager Dawn Holmes

    Program Assistant Nola Risse-Connolly, B.A.

    Administrative Assistant Marlys Landsee, B.A.

    AFCC 6525 Grand Teton Plaza Madison, WI 53719 Phone: (608) 664-3750 • Fax: (608) 664-3751 Email: • Web:

    Conference Sponsors Complete Equity Markets, Inc.

    Freedom 22 Foundation

    Collaborating Organizations Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Florida Chapter

    American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

    American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

    American Psychological Association

    Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section

    Florida Dispute Resolution Center

    International Association of Collaborative Professionals

    National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

    National Association of Council for Children

    University of South Florida Conflict Resolution Collaborative

    Table of Contents

    Conference at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Pre-conference Institutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Conference Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Important Conference Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    Travel and Lodging Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Registration Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Registration Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

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    Conference at a Glance TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2006

    6:00pm-8:00pm Conference Registration

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2006

    7:30am-6:30pm Conference Registration

    8:00am-5:00pm Exhibitor Forum

    8:00am-9:00am Coffee and Rolls for Institute Registrants

    9:00am-4:30pm Pre-conference Institutes

    12:30pm-4:30pm AFCC Board of Directors Meeting

    5:00pm-6:00pm Conference Orientation and Networking

    6:30pm-7:30pm Welcome Reception and Exhibitor Forum

    9:00pm-12:00am AFCC Hospitality Suite

    THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2006

    7:30am-5:00pm Conference Registration

    7:30am-5:00pm Exhibitor Forum

    7:30am-8:30am Coffee and Rolls

    8:30am-10:00am Opening Session

    10:00am-10:30am Break and Exhibitor Forum

    10:30am-12:00pm Workshops 1-8

    12:00pm-1:30pm AFCC Awards Luncheon

    1:45pm-3:15pm Workshops 9-16

    3:15pm-3:30pm Break and Exhibitor Forum

    3:30pm-5:00pm Workshops 17-23

    3:30pm-6:00pm Workshop 24 Judicial Officers Forum

    5:00pm-6:00pm Researcher’s Wine and Cheese Forum

    5:00pm-6:00pm FLAFCC Membership Meeting

    Evening Taste of Florida

    9:00pm-12:00am AFCC Hospitality Suite

    FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2006

    7:30am-5:00pm Conference Registration

    7:30am-5:00pm Exhibitor Forum

    7:30am-8:30am Coffee and Rolls

    8:30am-10:00am Plenary Session

    10:00am-10:30am Break and Exhibitor Forum

    10:30am-12:00pm Plenary Session

    12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch on your own and Exhibitor Forum

    12:00pm-1:30pm Family Court Review Editorial Board Meeting

    1:45pm-3:15pm Workshops 25-32

    3:15pm-3:30pm Break and Exhibitor Forum

    3:30pm-5:00pm Workshops 33-40

    5:30pm-7:00pm Silent Auction and Reception

    7:00pm-9:00pm AFCC Annual Banquet

    9:00pm-12:00am AFCC Hospitality Suite

    SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2006

    7:30am-12:30pm Conference Registration

    8:00am-12:30pm Exhibitor Forum

    8:00am-9:00am Coffee and Rolls

    8:00am-9:00am AFCC Membership Meeting

    9:15am-10:45am Workshops 41-48

    10:45am-11:00am Break and Exhibitor Forum

    11:00am-12:30pm Workshops 49-55

    Afternoon Optional Golf and Recreational Activities

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2006

    9:00am-4:30pm Pre-conference Institutes

    1. The Thinning Vision of Self-Determination in Divorce and Family Mediation

    The wide range of mediation styles has generated much discussion about ethical, appropriate and effective interventions, especially when it comes to mediators providing information to the