Assessments & Interventions: The Intersection of Family Law and Psychology 2016 - Day 2


Course Date: March 11, 2016

Total: 6h 20min

Day 2: Friday, March 11, 2016

Welcome and Introduction

John-Paul E. Boyd — Executive Director, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, Calgary
Alyson Jones — Alyson Jones & Associates, West Vancouver
Morag M.J. MacLeod — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver

Keynote Address: Evidentiary and Empirical Standards in Family Law Interventions and Assessments

  • role of the forensic psychologist in child custody litigation
  • forensic versus clinical approaches to custody assessments
  • bias; ethical issues
  • evidentiary standards

Philip M. Stahl, PhD, ABPP (Forensic) — Parenting After Divorce, Queen Creek, Arizona

Networking Break

Assessments in Family Law Disputes

  • when and why to seek assessment of parent and child
  • when assessment of child is inappropriate
  • adult assessments; parenting capacity, employability, mental health concerns, personality disorders, family violence
  • child assessments
  • assessing relevance; impact on case
  • evidentiary status of findings of fact, hearsay, and test results
  • recommendations on the ultimate issue; court’s discretion to reach alternative conclusions
  • red flags

Michael Elterman, PhD, MBA, RPsych — Vancouver
Eugene Raponi, QC — Waddell Raponi, Victoria

Networking Lunch

Why and How we Hear from Children

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • court’s discretion to determine how children’s evidence is received
  • children’s letters and videos, testimony, and affidavits
  • evidence of parents and other adults
  • judicial interviews
  • custody assessments
  • children as parties
  • children’s counsel

Evaluative and Non-evaluative Views of the Child Reports

  • nature and content of each
  • differences in confidentiality and control of child over content
  • contraindications, limitations, and weaknesses
  • evidentiary concerns
  • selecting assessors/interviewers

David C. Dundee — Paul & Company, Kamloops
Mary Korpach, PhD, RPsych — Vancouver
Suzanne S. Williams — Brown Henderson Melbye, Victoria

Understanding Custody Assessments

  • understanding commonly used psychometric tools and diagnostic output
  • understanding ethnocultural weaknesses; limitations of psychometric tools
  • assessing and understanding strengths and weaknesses of report: process, choice of tool, analysis, choice of informants, vulnerabilities of informants
  • critically assessing report recommendations
  • rebuttal reports: best practices and recommendations of AFCC and the College of Psychologists
  • red flags

Rebecca St. Clere England, PhD, RPsych — Ward St. Clere Inc., Vancouver

View from the Bench Regarding Roles of Assessors and Experts in Parenting and Custody Cases

The Honourable Mr. Justice Patrice Abrioux — Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver

Networking Break

Assessment and Intervention Roundtable: Process and Procedure

Moderator: John-Paul E. Boyd — Executive Director, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, Calgary
The Honourable Mr. Justice Patrice Abrioux — Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
David Dundee — Paul & Company, Kamloops
Rebecca St. Clere England, PhD, RPsych — Ward St. Clere Inc., Vancouver
Mary Korpach, PhD, RPsych — Vancouver
Alyson Jones — Alyson Jones & Associates, West Vancouver

Judicial Responses

  • judicial treatment of alienation claims in court
  • contempt, conduct orders, costs, and fines
  • removal of child, reversal of parenting schedule, and allocation of parenting responsibilities
  • extraordinary enforcement remedies
  • effectiveness of judicial responses

Morag M.J. MacLeod — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver

When Enough is Enough

  • knowing when to down tools
  • low-impact means of leaving the door to reconciliation open
  • impact on rejected parent
  • helping the rejected parent

Jesse L. Desilets — Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin, Vancouver
Jonathan M. Lazar — Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver

Closing Remarks

John-Paul E. Boyd — Executive Director, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, Calgary
Alyson Jones — Alyson Jones & Associates, West Vancouver
Morag M.J. MacLeod — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver