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Association for Conflict Resolution
ACR Family Section Teleseminar
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Participant Instructions: (559) 726-1300, Access Code 736883#
Access to Speaker resources will be posted on the Family Section's website prior to the event.
How and When to Include Children in the Legal System?

This teleseminar provides an overview of proposed changes to the ways the current legal system seeks the input of children in cases of separation and divorce. Mental Health Specialists and Children’s Lawyers participated in a research study in Alberta Canada and contributed to the current practices related to What factors do mental health specialists and children’s lawyers consider important when gathering and constructing the child’s voice for inclusion in court proceedings and how do they do it? Children’s Lawyers and Mental Health Specialists speak out about their approaches to including children’s voices in preparation for presentation to the court.

Relevance to ACR Community: This workshop will appeal to ACR Family Section members including children’s lawyers, mental health professionals and Judges. How to ensure children’s voices are represented in matters that affect them is an ongoing debate in the separation and divorce professional community. The professionals who most commonly bring the proxy voice of the child to the court are children’s lawyers and mental health professionals. It is important to continue to have international opportunities to compare and contrast best practices related to representing children.

Learning Objectives: 1. Learn about the proposed timing of including children in the legal process 2. Identify ways children’s lawyers and mental health professionals are approaching children
 3. Identify different interventions for including children and when to use them?
Presenter:  Dr. Lorri Yasenik, PhD., RSW, CPT-S, RPT-S (Canada)

Bio: Lorri Yasenik is a Registered Family Mediator, Registered Parenting Coordinator-Arbitrator, Registered Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist and Child Specialist based in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She is the Past President of the Alberta Family Mediation Society and recipient of the 2010 John Haynes Award for outstanding contribution to Family Mediation in the Province of Alberta. Lorri provides child and youth psychotherapy and child play therapy and is the Co-Director of Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute in Calgary Alberta. She delivers national and international training related to children's issues and specialized child and play therapies. Her doctorate dissertation focused on "Including the Voices of Children of Separation and Divorce in the Legal System."
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