Overcoming the Odds: Recognizing & Restoring Resilience in High Conflict Families

The 2018 AFCC-MN Annual Conference at 

The U of M Continuing Education & Conference Center in St. Paul, MN. 

1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN

July 19, 2018


Dr. Robin Deutsch

Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law

William James College and

core faculty in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.

Check-in & Breakfast:                     7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome & Annual Meeting:           8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Conference Program:                      9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Cocktail Reception:                         4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Our featured speaker for this year's annual conference is Dr. Robin Deutsch.  


Robin Deutsch, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College (www.williamjames.edu/cffc).  For 25 years she was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, most recently as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology.

Dr. Deutsch is a child and family forensic psychologist, mediator, Parenting Coordinator, and is board certified in couple and family psychology.  She provides consultation and expert witness services on child and adolescent development, complex custody issues, a custody and parenting evaluations, and boundary violations and ethical issues.  She developed and teaches the Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues at William James College and is a founder of Overcoming Barriers, an organization that provides family-centered services for families in conflict. 

She has published extensively on issues related to attachment, alienation, co-parenting after divorce, high conflict divorce, parenting plans, and parenting coordination, and is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: and How to Talk about Them Anyway (Ballantine, 2005, 2011) and co-editor of the book Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, Alienation (Oxford, 2017).  Dr. Deutsch was the co-chair of the AFCC Child Consultant Task Force.  She served on both the AFCC and APA task forces that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination, the AFCC task force that developed Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence and appointed the AFCC task force for Court-Involved Therapists.  She is a member of the Custody and Domestic Violence Project sponsored by the Office of Violence against Women.  Dr. Deutsch is the past president of the Massachusetts chapter of AFCC, past president of the AFCC, and former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee.

Books will be available for purchase on site.


 Learning Objectives for Annual Training

 Articulate solution focused and trauma informed strategies to engage parents and children moving forward after high conflict divorce.  

Understand the relationship between trauma and strained parent/child relationships, articulate the influences that contribute to the strained relationships and implement trauma informed strategies to address resist/refuse relationships. 

Identify culturally specific mechanisms that build resiliency and implement community strategies to develop culturally appropriate referrals for children in high conflict families.

Understand the value of the resources of guardians ad litem and custody evaluators in family court and the need for AFCC (and other affinity groups) to advocate for more funding to make these resources more available.


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Early Registration: $185   (through June 1)

Special Early Registration Rate for Non-Profit & Government Employees: $135   (through June 1)

Regular Registration: $215  (after June 1) 

Wise Counsel: Strengthening the working relationship between family law attorneys and mental health providers 



Due to requests from multiple stakeholders, this event is being postponed until a future date

  Continuing Education and Conference Center

1890 Buford Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55108 

Room 42

Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Program: 8:30 am  12:00 pm  

 $70 for AFCC-MN Members

$140 for Non-Members 


 AFCC-MN is applying for 3 hours of continuing education credit for this event.

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AFCC-MN is hosting a half-day continuing education seminar on Wise Counsel: Strengthening the working relationship between family law attorneys and mental health providers

Featuring: Dr. Kent Kodalen and a panel of experts

In this half-day workshop designed for all ADR professionals, Dr. Kodalen will explore this working relationship through a combination of didactic presentation, lively audience participation/discussion, and a Q&A session with a diverse panel of experts from the mental health field. 

Participants will learn:

1. Types of mental health providers, their training, their background, and how to determine their area(s) of expertise

2. Types of psychological interventions (i.e., evaluations/assessments/therapy), when they are appropriate, and how they are likely to help your client 

3.  Effective communication strategies to clarify roles, establish expectations, and shape the final work product

4. The impact of differences in professional standards, theoretical orientation, ethical considerations, and desired outcomes on your client, the family, and the professional working relationship

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Kent Kodalen

Dr. Kent Kodalen 

Dr. Kodalen is a doctoral level clinical psychologist with broad training in life-span development, brain-body relationships, mindfulness-based interventions, individual and family systems assessment, parenting skills, adolescent identity formation, severe emotional/behavioral regulation problems, learning difficulties, and high conflict family interventions.   Dr. Kodalen trained as a clinical psychologist who earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (specialization in Neuropsychology) from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada​.  He is a licensed psychologist (#5742) in the State of Minnesota since 2011, a qualified neutral under rule 114 in Minnesota which allows him to provide court-related alternative dispute resolution services for children, adolescents, and families.  https://www.drkentkodalen.com/