Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 2017 Conference

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) recently held their 45th annual conference in Boston at the Sheraton Boston Hotel from May 31st – June 3rd, 2017. The AFCC is an association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflicts.  This year’s conference titled “Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony” focused on enhancing learning while encouraging inquiry, discussion and debate on policy initiatives and current and emerging practices.  It is important for practitioners and professionals to identify collaborative and effective pathways to resolve conflicts related to parenting, children and families.

TMG was proud to be selected as a workshop presenter at the conference.  Jeff Fraser, Jane Honoroff, Amy Gordon and Amin Danai represented TMG at AFCC with an interactive presentation on co-mediation. Through discussion and role-plays, they explored how interdisciplinary co-mediation for high conflict families, especially those with mental illness or character disorders, can often be effective in overcoming impasse. Using adaptations from real-life cases, the TMG team demonstrated how a co-mediation team can help move challenged couples move forward by drawing from two different areas of expertise.  They displayed various advantages and techniques of the co-mediation model:  Stepping back and focusing on observing patterns of behavior; Modeling healthy dialogue and disagreements; Increasing the opportunity for relatability.

The workshop was a success. Congratulations Jeff, Jane, Amy, and Amin!