Making Parenting Plans in Canada's Family Justice System: Challenges, Controversies and the Role of Mental Health Professionals provides a comprehensive resource guide on the topic of challenging issues in the field of parenting assessment
Making Parenting Plans in Canada's Family Justice System: Challenges, Controversies and the Role of Mental Health Professionals provides a comprehensive resource guide for both beginning and seasoned practitioners, including current and thorough information relating to the social science and research literature, best practice considerations and clinical protocols, and relevant case law and legal themes.
For each topic, there is a summary on the relevant social science and research literature, consider best practice issues for assessors, and discuss how Canadian courts approach and address these cases, through a discussion of illustrative case law and leading precedents. Topics discussed include: children and their parents post separation, special needs children, children’s participation and evidence. As an update to Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes: A Guide for Legal and Mental Health Professionals, it has been substantially revised and restructured on the topic of challenging issues in the field of parenting assessment and include significantly revised chapters on relocation and domestic violence to reflect the changes in both legislation and the vast body of social science research that has occurred over the past decade.
Also provided are supplemental readings and websites for further information to reflect the ongoing pace of knowledge on many of these important and challenging topics.
About the Authors:
Rachel Birnbaum, Ph.D., RSW, LL.M., is cross-appointed to Childhood Studies and Social Institutions & Social Work at King’s University College, Western, Ontario, where she teaches about children’s participation in the justice system and social work ethics and the law. Dr. Birnbaum has extensive clinical practice and research experience in working with children and families of separation and/or divorce. She has presented both nationally and internationally at workshops and conferences on children and the law, working with high-conflict families, the voice of the child, and collaboration between law and social work.
She has authored over 100 papers with colleagues in social work, law, psychology, and medicine. Dr. Birnbaum has also co-authored Child Custody Assessments: A Resource Guide for Legal and Mental Health Professionals (2008), Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes: A Guide for Legal and Mental Health Professionals (2008), Law for Social Workers: A Canadian Guide, 5th ed. (Thomson Reuters, 2016), and Practicing Social Work Research: Case Studies for Learning, 2nd ed. (University of Toronto Press, 2017).
Dr. Birnbaum is the 2016 member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, the 2016 recipient of the Hugh Mellon Distinguished Research Award, and the 2014 recipient of the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award (an interdisciplinary award from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts). She was the president of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers for four years, the president of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators for two years, and the president of AFCC-Ontario from 2015 to 2016.
Nicholas Bala has been a Professor at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University since 1980. He is an internationally recognized expert on Family and Children’s Law. Much of his research in this area is interdisciplinary, and his work is frequently cited by the courts. He also teaches and writes on Contract Law.