HLG Attends the Joint AAML/AFCC Custody/Parenting Conference

Erin Schaden, Certified Divorce Coach ©, Herring Law Group’s Executive Director, recently attended the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ (AFCCnet.org) Conference in San Francisco, CA.

HLG is a member of the AFCC, which is the “interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.” It focuses on “serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying best practices.” While the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (aaml.org) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers (iafl.com), in which HLG is deeply involved, focus on all manner of family law concerns, the AFCC narrowly focuses on children, custody and parenting.

The Conference’s presenters included many of the nationally-prominent mental health and parenting/custody professionals with whom HLG regularly works.

Through Erin, we dove deeper into a variety of developing issues and concepts, particularly centering on a family law practioner’s never ending need to have difficult conversations. This year’s conference focused on an interdisciplinary approach to creating connection, compassion and calm within the family law practice world. As this is Erin’s wheelhouse, she was excited to learn new ways to have hard conversations with clients, counsel and staff. With Erin’s input, we are continuing to develop strategies for improving communication within the firm with clients as well as with counsel, the court and other related professionals.

At the Conference, Erin’s other areas of focus included:

  • Privacy, Confidentiality & Privilege Issues in Custody Litigation;
  • Relational Healing in the Time of Evidence;
  • Bias, Prejudice & Intolerance;
  • The Power of Visuals to Open Minds for Difficult Conversations;
  • Navigating Sanchez in the Wild West;
  • Difficult Conversations with Your Client, Your Opposing Counsel, and the Judge About the Estranged or Alienated Child;
  • Improving Outcomes for Traumatized Family Law Litigants;
  • We’re All Complaining About the System, What’s Keeping Us from Changing It?; and
  • Forensic, Investigative, and Clinical Interviewing of Children

It was an informative few days, providing us updates regarding how to better move toward hard conversations about difficult subject matters. Erin found some new ways to help our clients move forward with their family law case by learning new ways to have hard discussions. HLG remains a strong supporter of the AFCC. We thank Erin for her enthusiastic participation!


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