Course 5: Family Relations
Dates: October 2, 3 & 4 2018
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Course Hours: 21 Hours
Price: $1200 + HST of $156 = $1,356
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Kitchener Early Bird Discount: $1,150 plus HST of $149.50 = $1,299.50 (by September 2, 2018)
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GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION:
Course materials are included
Snacks and lunch will be provided each day
(details are on the registration form)
This 21-hour course is intended to meet the accreditation requirements of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM), for accreditation purposes. It is a required course for all participants who are not mental health professionals, such as lawyers, paralegals, and others. The course introduces participants to family related dynamics and issues which are present in family mediation, expanding participants’ understanding of issues such as family systems theory, mental health issues, attachment in family relationships, and child development. The course is taught by a senior and experienced team of mental health professionals. The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies, and exercises.
MEET YOUR EXPERIENCED MEDIATORS AND INSTRUCTORS:
This course will be taught primarily be leading experts in the field: Dr. Dan Ashbourne, Dr. Linda Ashbourne, and Dr. Denise Whitehead, in collaboration with Lene Madsen and Jennifer Suzor.
DAN ASHBOURNE, Executive Director, Centre for Children and Families in the Justice SystemDr. Dan Ashbourne leads the renowned Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System based on London, Ontario, and through the LFCC and ADR-Link, has been on the forefront of bringing family mediation services to the most vulnerable in our society. Dan will share his extensive knowledge about the use of social science to inform parenting mediation, including research on the developmental stages of children, younger children and shared parenting, and the “voice” of children in family mediation.
DR. LYNDA ASHBOURNE
Dr. Lynda McTavish Ashbourne, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition (Couple & Family Therapy) at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She teaches theory, research, and practicum courses in the Couple & Family Therapy Masters of Science program. She conducts research in the area of family relationships and couple & family therapy training practices.
Dr. Ashbourne’s research has included investigating, together with non-immigrant and immigrant populations, the challenges of parent-adolescent relationships – more specifically negotiating time and space together and apart, as well as intergenerational storytelling.
DR. DENISE WHITEHEAD
Denise Whitehead is an Assistant Professor in Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies (SMF) at St. Jerome’s University. Dr. Whitehead completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology (BA, University of Western Ontario). She attended Osgoode Hall Law School (JD) and is a member of the Bar of Ontario. She pursued graduate studies in Family Relations and Human Development (University of Guelph) earning a M.Sc. and PhD. Dr. Whitehead has had a long research association with the Centre for Families, Work and Well-being at the University of Guelph where she also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship.
Dr. Whitehead conducts interdisciplinary socio-legal research and policy analysis on issues related to the shared custody of children, child support, fathering after separation and divorce, and caregiving for individuals with episodic disabilities. She has been at the forefront of research that has sought to understand the child’s perspective of shared custody. She has been invited to speak to judges, family law professionals and family law agency staff about her research. Dr. Whitehead’s teaching focuses on law, policy and family.
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