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Thursday, October 18th 2018 - Friday, October 19th 2018

AFCC-O 10th Anniversary Conference | The Future of Youth: Moving Beyond Risk to Resilience

Dr. Michael Ungar, keynote
presented by Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Ontario Chapter


Pre-conference Institute
Supporting Adopted Youth to Maintain Openness Connections with Birth Family and Communities

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Elizabeth McCarty, Counsel, Office of the Children’s Lawyer; Jennifer Gallagher, Counsel, Office of the Children’s Lawyer; Pat Convery, Executive Director,
Adoption Council of Ontario; Maryanne King, Adoption Practitioner, Birth Parent Counsellor, Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM) and Family Group Conference
Coordinator; and Tara Noble, Registered Social Worker & Grief Counsellor will present on the challenges creating plans for adopted youth who benefit from
positive connections with their birth family members and their culture.

New Professionals Event
Choosing and Working with Assessors, Mediators and Other Family Professionals

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Christine Kim, Registered Social Worker, Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM), Julie Hannaford, Lawyer, and Justice Wendy Malcom, Senior Advisory Family
Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice will speak from an interdisciplinary perspective designed to provide counsel and family professionals working in family law matters with guidance on best practices in working with each other.

10th Anniversary
Evening of Excellence – 10 in 10 Awards

Cocktails: 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join AFCC Ontario Chapter as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary at an elegant dinner at Toronto’s historic National Club. Ten Awards of Excellence will be given to
the leading Judges, Mediators, Psychologists, Social Workers, Lawyers and Academics who have influenced the sphere of family justice over the past ten years.
Dinner will begin with a cocktail hour. Dress is business attire.


10th AGM and Annual Conference,
The Future of Youth: Moving Beyond Risk to Resiliency
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Plenary Session: Dr. Michael Ungar
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. As the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, as well as a family therapist, he has helped to determine the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress.

Morning Breakout Sessions
10:50 a.m. to 12 noon (participant to choose one)

Reducing Risk and Fostering Resilience in Children and Youth Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

Dr. Ramona Alaggia, Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, with commentary from Justice Ronald P. Kaufman, Superior
Court of Justice (Family Court Branch) and facilitation by Dr. Michael Ungar.


Understanding Risk and Practical Solutions: Youth and Drugs

Loree Hodgson-Harris, Manager of Legal Services, Chatham-Kent Children’s Services; Jodee Anderson, Director of Service, Children’s Mental Health, Chatham-
Kent Children’s Services; Dr. Tim Baker, Clinical & Developmental Psychologist; Dr. Balaji Gopidasan, Psychiatrist; Justice Brian Scully of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Lunch Session
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Cultural Competency in Supporting At-Risk Youth from Conflict Zones

Sahar Atalla, Project Coordinator for the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support & Integration, London, Ontario

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (participant to choose one)

You Can’t Make Me Go: Youth Consent in Contact Cases

Dr. Shely Polak, Registered Social Worker and Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM); Linda Popielarczyk, Registered Social Worker and Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM); Dr.
Barbara Jo Fidler, Clinical Developmental Psychologist; Robyn Switzer, Lawyer; Justice Mario Faieta, Superior Court of Justice.


Building Resilience in Indigenous Youth: Cultural and Contextual Understandings

Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Clinical Psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and Associate Professor, Lakehead University & Northern School of Medicine;
Elaine Toombs, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Lakehead University; Kristy Kowatch, Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University; Dr.
Aislin Mushquash, Clinical Psychologist, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University.

Plenary Pop-Ups: Your Community Initiatives
2:40 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After brief presentations of unique community-based initiatives, Dr. Ungar will facilitate a discussion on best practices for resiliency.

Vulnerability and Resiliency in Court Involved Youth

Dr. Joyce Radford, C.Psych. Director of Clinical Intervention Services, London Family Court Clinic; Dr. Debbie Chiodo, Ph.D., Program Consultant, Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health; Research Associate (Centre for School Based Mental Health) and Mental Health Strategist – Student Experience, Western University.

Resilience In Youth: There’s an App for that!

Dr. Christine Wekerle, Associate Professor in Pediatrics, McMaster Univeristy, and Associate Member of the Oxford Centre for Child Studies in Hamilton, Ontario.

Indigenous Voice: Hopeless to Spirit

Sue Doxtator, M.S.W., Director of FNMI & Diversity Service Coordination , London Family Court Clinic.

Crossover Youth: Understanding Mental Health Difficulties

Hailey Kolpin, M.A. Candidate, Counselling Psychology, at Western University, London, Ontario.

From Traffic Lights to Traffic Circles: A Clinical / Legal Intersection Model for the Children of High Conflict Separations

Emily Comor, Family Lawyer and Mediator, OCL Panel Member , Co-Chair of the Ottawa High Conflict Forum and Victoria Norgaard, Social Worker, and OCL Panel

Win-Win is an Attitude, Not an Outcome: Family Mediation in Ontario
Presentation on AFCC Ontario Research

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Denise Whitehead, Assistant Professor in Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, JD, Ph.D. in
Family Relations and Human Development and Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, Ph.D., LL.M, Professor, King’s School of Social Work at Western University will share
findings from the research taking place on family mediation.


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