AFCC Wisconsin Chapter Annual Educational Conference

September 19, 2024 | Delafield Hotel, Delafield, WI
Conference registration begins 7:30 AM – Program at 8:30 AM

Opening Doors: Practical Approaches to Child Contact Problems

Morning Session – Shely Polak, Ph.D

Dr. Polak is on the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Her specialties include strained parent-child relationships and reintegration therapy during post-separation and divorce.  She is the Director of the Mackenzie Clinic in Toronto, a boutique private practice offering clinical and forensic (court involved) services for individuals, including legal representation of children. Dr. Polak served as President of the Ontario Chapter of AFCC and, in 2016, was awarded that chapter’s Nicholas Bala Award for Excellence in Children & Family Law. She is the author or co-author of multiple articles on parent-child contact problems and has presented on that topic at a variety of venues in the United States and Canada, including at various AFCC conferences.

Dr. Polak’s keynote will examine the context and controversy surrounding parent child contact problems and alienation.

Through the use of case studies and client situations, you will learn practical ways of addressing the challenges posed by parent child contact problems in your practice.

She will shed light on the polarization in the field, recent changes in legislation, areas of misinformation, and the state of the research and clinical practice as it pertains to clinical assessment and tools.


Afternoon Session

A Review of Current and Emerging Legislation that impacts parent-child relationships. Presented by Hon. Barry J. Boline, Court Commissioner for Ozaukee County.

Panel Discussion – Reflections on the Child Contact Concerns by practitioners in Wisconsin featuring an attorney, Judge, Court Commissioner, GAL, and private practice mental health professionals.

The Case of the Addams Family – An interactive group review that will challenge you to apply practical approaches to real world child contact issues:

  • Facilitating productive co-parenting amidst high-conflict dynamics;
  • Repairing broken parent-child relationships;
  • Navigating ethical issues surrounding childhood therapy/treatment within dysfunctional divorces;
  • Identifying and responding to parental alienation and alienating behaviors; and
  • Promoting the best interests of children stuck in hostile custody disputes.

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