CALL FOR PRESENTERS: "Can You Hear Me Now? -

The Power of Stories to Improve the Lives of Children and Families"

We are accepting proposals for 60, 90 and 120 minute Virtual Workshops and 4 hour Virtual Institutes.  Institutes will have two 10 min. breaks and 120 minute Workshops will have one 10 min. break. Submission Deadline is October 1, 2020.  This Deadline is FINAL and CANNOT BE EXTENDED.

We are all communicators – mental health professionals, judges, lawyers and clients. We all convey information and we all receive information. We seek to educate and persuade.

Connecting with our clients, courts, mental health professionals, the communities we serve and connecting with each other whatever our particular role may be, is vital to our tasks. How do we connect? All of us tell stories, and we use the stories we tell to convey important truths and to explain and persuade.

Why are stories important? How can we tell our stories better whether those stories be told to clients, judges, lawyers, mental health professionals or each other? What makes our stories – any stories — effective?

But telling a story is only part of the equation. How do we become better listeners when stories are told to us? And, can we help our audiences to be better listeners? How do we avoid becoming so wrapped up in what we are saying that we don’t really listen to the stories that are told to us?

Each submitted proposal should reference the “story” that the presenters wish to tell and how they plan to do so in an engaging, dynamic and creative way. We want to welcome the participation of attendees in a comfortable, encouraging and stimulating manner without putting attendees “on the spot.” Presentations should either be designed for those with an entry level knowledge base and training or those with past education and experience. We do, of course, welcome new topics in addition to those referenced above.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Parenting Plans
  • Interviewing Children
  • Providing Effective Testimony at Trial and Depositions
  • Resist-Refuse Dynamics
  • Therapy Options and Alternatives
  • IPV
  • Child Custody Evaluations and Other Vehicles for Assessing
  • Custody Options
  • Substance Abuse and Treatment
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation and Resolution of Family Disputes
  • Access to Justice and Services for Low Income and Under-
    Represented Parties
  • Parenting Coordination / Special Masters
  • Working with Diverse Populations
  • Best practices in self-care for family law professionals
  • The current research on virtual parent-child relationships
  • Best practices in using virtual technology in family law cases: Risks, benefits, and ethical considerations
  • Best practices in providing high quality services to low income court-involved children and families
  • Best practices in addressing cultural related dilemmas/issues (e.g., LGBTQ, religious, ethnic/racial) in child custody evaluations or other related services
  • Solutions to COVID-related custody issues
  • Effective Listening
  • Interviewing Children and Parents in a Virtual World
  • Trying a Custody Case in a Virtual World

Download the Call For Presenters PDF for full submission guidelines and instructions.

Submit Your Proposal Here.

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