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Litigation and Evaluation involving Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases (LEFCC)


Total Credits: 8 American Psychological Association, 8 State Bar of California

Faculty:
Dr. Robert Geffner, PhD, ABN, ABPP |  Philip Kaplan, PhD |  Joan Meier, Esq |  Ana Martinez-Mullen, JD |  Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, MSW |  Tracy Shoberg Esq |  Sujata Warrier, PhD |  Jessica Silsby, PsyD |  Toby Kleinman |  Joyanna Silberg, PhD |  Stephanie Dallam, PhD |  Danielle Pollack, MA |   3 more....
Course Levels:
Appropriate for All Levels
Duration:
9 Hours 30 Minutes
Location:
Staybridge Suites - Federal Way - Seattle South - Federal Way, Washington

Dates


Description

Introducing an innovative specialized training for family court lawyers, mental health professionals, and child custody evaluators on increasing expertise and skills in the intersection of child abuse and domestic violence in child custody cases. This grant subsidized training will provide professionals with the necessary tools to ensure family safety, prevent further traumatization, and maximize children’s wellbeing and best interests. Learn how to analyze, evaluate, litigate, and respond to cases involving allegations of child abuse and domestic violence. Improve your understanding of challenges that arise in these cases and build capacity to utilize effective legal strategies, expert testimony, and custody evaluations.   

Day 1 is foundational and offers 8 hours of continuing education; it is also available to attendees who are not seeking certification. 

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Faculty

Dr. Robert Geffner, PhD, ABN, ABPP's Profile

Dr. Robert Geffner, PhD, ABN, ABPP Related Seminars and Products

President and Founder

Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)


Dr. Bob Geffner is the Founding President of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI) dba the Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma (IVAT). He has a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and is Board Certified in Couple & Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Geffner is a licensed clinician (Psychologist in CA and TX, and MFT in CA) and has been a researcher, trainer, practitioner, and consultant for over 40 years.


Philip Kaplan, PhD's Profile

Philip Kaplan, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence


Dr. Kaplan’s early career was shaped by working directly for the Family Court in New Jersey serving families in crisis. Since leaving the court, he has accrued more than 30 years of experience providing consultative services to families involved in the family court system. He has also presented on the issues related to this practice at various conferences and workshops as well as taught courses in personality theory, child maltreatment and psychological issues of family and dependency court.  He is a member of the Leadership Council On Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, and currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC doing independent practice and consulting.


Joan Meier, Esq's Profile

Joan Meier, Esq Related Seminars and Products

George Washington University Law School and National Family Violence Law Center


Joan Meier, Esq. is the founding director of the National Family Violence Law Center and the NFVLC Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University Law School. She has been teaching, litigating, researching and educating professionals nationally and internationally for over 30 years. While directing the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) from 2003-2019, she litigated numerous appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and state appeals courts. Her team’s 2019 federally-funded empirical study is the first-ever national study quantifying family court responses to abuse and alienation claims.


Ana Martinez-Mullen, JD's Profile

Ana Martinez-Mullen, JD Related Seminars and Products

Director

National Legal Center on Children and Domestic Violence


Ms. Martinez-Mullen has been working in the field of violence against women for more than 20 years. She began her work in this field as an advocate assisting victims of intimate partner violence. Upon graduating law school, she practiced family law. Before coming to BWJP, she represented victims of violence in civil protection order actions. Ms. Martinez-Mullen has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.


Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, MSW's Profile

Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, MSW Related Seminars and Products

Associate Professor and PhD Program Director

Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence


Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden is a Professor and the PhD Program Director at the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University.  She is also the President and CEO of UP For Champions, a non-profit in partnership with The UP Institute, a think tank for upstream child abuse solutions.  As a clinical and forensic social worker, she serves as a consultant and expert witness in child maltreatment cases – principally sexual abuse.  Dr. Vaughan-Eden lectures nationally and internationally on child and family welfare to multidisciplinary groups of professionals.


Tracy Shoberg Esq's Profile

Tracy Shoberg Esq Related Seminars and Products

Deputy Director

National Legal Center on Children and Domestic Violence


Tracy Shoberg, Esq. serves as the Deputy Director of the National Legal Center on Children and Domestic Violence with the Battered Women’s Justice Project, where she has provided training to numerous legal practitioners on improving their domestic violence practice. Before joining BWJP, Tracy previously represented victim-survivors of domestic violence in family law matters. When Tracy is not busy training legal professionals, she can be found at the dog park with her spouse and two Doodles.


Sujata Warrier, PhD's Profile

Sujata Warrier, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Chief Strategy Officer

Battered Women's Justice Project


Dr. Sujata Warrier is the Director of Training and TA for the Battered Women’s Justice Project, where she trains and provides technical assistance to professionals in various criminal justice systems. She has also trained extensively at the local, state, national and international levels on the issue of cultural competency for various professionals and has delivered numerous keynotes on the issue of culture, competency, relativism, and violence against women.


Jessica Silsby, PsyD's Profile

Jessica Silsby, PsyD Related Seminars and Products

Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma


Dr. Silsby is the Director of Clinical Training at IVAT for Professional Clinical and Forensic Services. She graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology and has gained expertise working with individuals who have extensive trauma. Dr. Silsby maintains a private practice focusing on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure for trauma, and working with gender-expansive youth and adults. Passion for addressing and reducing trauma exposure in clients, community, and future psychologists guides her focus.


Toby Kleinman's Profile

Toby Kleinman Related Seminars and Products

Director of the Advisory Board

Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence


Toby Kleinman is a New Jersey attorney who has litigated domestic violence and child abuse cases and has been a consultant in cases dealing with domestic violence and child abuse in over 45 states. Ms. Kleinman developed a course and taught at the Harvard School of Public Health, developed and taught courses at Nova Southeastern University, has done both online and in person training of experts and evaluators, judges and has done webinars. Ms. Kleinman is co-author of the book entitled Domestic Abuse, Child Custody & Visitation: Winning in Family Court and writes regularly for the New York Law Journal, is the Associate editor of the Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody & Child Development and is a Director of the Advisory Board of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence. Ms. Kleinman has done Grand Rounds training of pediatricians and pediatric personnel at New York and New Jersey medical schools, was an invited participant to the Faculty Development  by the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence; Ms. Kleinman is co –author of the book Social Work and the Courts and has chapters in the book, The Broken Family Court. Ms. Kleinman and has written columns for The Trauma Psychology News and continues to consult in child custody and abuse cases. 


Joyanna Silberg, PhD's Profile

Joyanna Silberg, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Executive Vice President

Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence


Dr. Joyanna Silberg is a clinical child psychologist with a specialty in sexual abuse and dissociative disorders. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in consultation for children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, supervision of clinicians, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse. Dr. Silberg has served as an expert witness in 27 states. She has presented nationally and internationally on child abuse, psychotherapy, and protecting abused children in family court and has received numerous awards for her research and clinical excellence.


Stephanie Dallam, PhD's Profile

Stephanie Dallam, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence


Dr. Stephanie Dallam is a co-founder of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence a nonprofit organization that seeks to ensure that legislative, public policy and legal decision-makers have access to the best psychological science available on issues surrounding child abuse and interpersonal violence. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to child abuse, and lectured on and conducted trainings on child custody situations involving allegations of abuse throughout the country. 


Danielle Pollack, MA's Profile

Danielle Pollack, MA Related Seminars and Products

Policy Manager

National Family Violence Law Center, GW


Danielle Pollack works in close collaboration with legal and social science experts, federal and state lawmakers, advocates, and survivor families to create comprehensive child-centric policy reforms and provide education on family courts. Pollack is a policy expert at the National Family Violence Law Center at GW Law in Washington, D.C., and manages the NFVLC Legislative Clearinghouse. She initiated and jointly developed the landmark child protective "Kayden's Law", Keeping Children Safe From Family Violence Act, which was recently signed into federal law by President Biden. Pollack is co-founder of the national umbrella organization for U.S. family court reform, National Safe Parents Organization (NSPO), and is co-director of The Court Said USA, the U.S. branch of The Court Said International. Her short documentary film, Voices for Reform, presents on family court system failures where children are at risk of violence and safe parents are denied the right to protect them. The film has been used to raise awareness at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), in courts, and at universities and research centers internationally.


Sandi Capuano Morrison, MA's Profile

Sandi Capuano Morrison, MA Related Seminars and Products

CEO

Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT)


Sandi Capuano Morrison has worked with victims and offenders of interpersonal violence for 24 years in Colorado, Massachusetts and California. She has been with IVAT since 2008. Sandi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Psychology with a focus in Women’s Studies in 1996. Her commitment to domestic violence survivors began after volunteering at a battered women’s shelter as part of a course on Gandhi’s philosophy of ahimsa, nonviolent resistance, and satyagrapha.

Sandi was a victim advocate at Boulder County Safehouse and then Children’s Counselor at Alternatives to Violence domestic violence shelter before moving to Boston in 1998 and graduating from Boston College with her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000. It was at BC that Sandi became certified as a Batterer Intervention Program Facilitator and assisted with research on the process and efficacy of offender programs. She became the Program Director of the IMPACT Batterer Intervention Program and ran offender groups for 5 years in Boston suburbs.

After moving to San Diego in 2005, Sandi managed the county-wide domestic violence and sexual assault 24-hour hotline and volunteer program and then the city of San Diego’s Rape Crisis Center at the Center for Community Solutions. In that position she was a member of both the San Diego Sexual Assault Response Team and the Sex Offender Management Council and became certified by California’s Office of Emergency Services as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault counselor. She was also a Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) volunteer.

Sandi serves on the Executive Committee of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) and is also a board member of Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse Inc. 

Sandi is committed to empowerment-based, survivor-informed programs & processes as well as offender accountability. She has interests in Restorative Justice, Holistic Healing, Cultural Competency, Human Rights and Social Justice.


Rebecca Henry's Profile

Rebecca Henry Related Seminars and Products

Chief Programs Officer

Battered Women's Justice Project


Rebecca Henry is the Chief Programs Officer at BWJP, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, a collective of national policy and practice centers at the intersection of gender-based violence and legal systems. As CPO, Rebecca coordinates the work of seven national centers striving to transform legal systems responses to historically marginalized survivors of gender-based violence, in areas including families and children, protection orders, gun violence, criminalized survivors, coordinated community response, legal prevention, and systems change advocacy.


LEFCC Staff Related Seminars and Products

Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT)


Location

Staybridge Suites - Federal Way - Seattle South

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32124 25th Ave S., Federal Way, Washington 98003, United States
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