Anchoring Bias in the Family Courts:

The Pitfalls of Treating IPV & Alienation as Mutually Exclusive Factors of Harm

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, from 12 noon to 1 pm

Presented by Leslie M. Drozd, Ph.D. and Michael A. Saini, Ph.D., MSW, RSW

There is movement in the field to increase protection against intimate partner violence (IPV) for parents and children post separation and divorce. In this webinar, we will first highlight the benefits of the increase in protection for abused spouses and children. We will then explore the pitfalls of anchoring bias within the context of parent-child contact problems. Suggestions will be provided on how to protect against anchoring bias by introducing a multi-lens approach based on social science research that identifies a myriad of potential influences on parent-child contact problems. This approach is designed to prevent harm to children, to keep children safe, and promote the children’s best interests.


  • AFCC California Chapter Members – 40% off:     $30*
  • Non-Members:     $50
  • Court and Non-Profit Employees who are also AFCC California Chapter Members:     Fee Waived**

*Discount code for California Chapter members is in the email you received announcing this program, or CLICK HERE to log onto the website and receive the code.  If you have never logged into the California Chapter site GO HERE for instructions to log in for the first time.

**For the Court and Non-Profit Employees (who are also AFCC California Chapter Members), USE THIS LINK to request code.  Please include copy of ID, letterhead, business card or other proof of employment.

Continuing Education:

This Webinar provides up to 1 hour of continuing education for the professional categories listed below.

Certificate of Attendance:  Attendees are supplied a certificate of attendance.  You must attend the entire live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Attorneys: Our programs have consistently been approved by the California State Bar for general and family law specialization continuing legal education credit (MCLE & LSCLE (currently pending approval)). Program applies to specialization certification (LSCLE) in the following required topic: problems of domestic violence.  Attendees will be provided a MCLE reporting form once program has been approved by the bar.

Minor’s Counsel: The program meets the requirements for continuing education for minor’s counsel under California Rules of Court, Rule 5.242(c).

Psychologists: The webinar is eligible for up to 1 hour of continuing education for psychologists.  The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter (AFCC-CA), is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  AFCC-CA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

LCSW and MFT: AFCC-CA is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs. AFCC-CA maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.

California Child Custody Evaluators and Mediators: The course outlined in the agenda has been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, Rule 5.210, 5.225, 5.518, and 5.215/5.230.  The views expressed in this training are those of the trainer and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California.

Domestic Violence Training: This webinar is an opportunity to obtain 1 hour towards the Domestic Violence Update Training/Spousal or Partner Abuse, pursuant to California Rules of Court 5.215 and 5.230.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to provide an overview of recent legislative changes to increase the safety and protection of children and families in family law matters.
    2. Participants will be able to identify other forms of harm of children, including the negative impacts of parent-child contact problems.
    3. Participants will be able to describe a decision-making process for considering multiple forms of harm to avoid anchor bias.

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