A workshop sponsored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section, Santa Clara County Psychological Association, and the Minors’ Counsel Committee
Interventions in the Shadow of Domestic Violence Allegations and Contact Resistance
- Does an allegation of domestic violence automatically preclude families from using mediation to negotiate their parenting plan?
- Which sort of domestic violence cases are appropriate for mediation?
- How can a mediator work with families where there have been allegations of domestic violence and ensure emotional and physical safety for all and minimize the potential for coercion?
- What types of interventions can help build a family’s skills in order to increase cooperation and success of mediation and co-parenting?
Allegations of domestic violence are often seen as a risk factor for mediation. However, our keynote speaker, Mr. Bill Eddy, has developed a research-based approach to working in mediation with families where there have been allegations of DV. Mr. Eddy will share his methods of initial and ongoing screening to identify appropriate families, how to modify procedures for the mediation process, and the types of parenting plans to consider with such families. He will also present research demonstrating less repeat violence following mediation compared to court outcomes.
We’ll be joined by members of Santa Clara County Family and Juvenile Courts to discuss significant changes to the application of Family Code Statue 3044 (the Rebuttable Presumption that it is detrimental to a child’s best interest to award joint custody to the parent who has committed domestic violence against the other parent) in light of recent court decisions about application of FC3044.
The afternoon features two multidisciplinary panels about evaluations and therapeutic interventions for families where there are DV allegations and contact resistance between parent and child. The afternoon panels will continue the discussion and debate about how to use mediation with such families, the need for appropriate assessment, and how to build skills within these families in order to reduce conflict and increase cooperation.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify families who have a history of domestic violence who nonetheless are appropriate for mediation.
- Apply modifications to procedures to conduct mediation with such families.
- Discuss recent court decisions impacting application of Family Court Statue 3044.
- Identify appropriate methods for initial and ongoing screening for families with allegations of DV.
- Explain situations that are and are not suitable for a BFA.
- Discuss specific strategies for building skills within families to improve cooperation and reduce conflict.
Pricing: (includes breakfast, lunch, snack and materials via usb)
|SCCBA New Admittee
(Under 5 years of practice)
Registration: 8:00 AM
program: 8:30am - 4:30pm
4.5 General Substantive Law
1.5 Recognition & Elimination of Bias
Includes Family Law Specialization:
1.5 (F6) Domestic Violence,
1.5 (B) Custody, and
3.0 (E) Psychology and Counseling aspect of Dissolution of Marriage
Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD, CFLS
Honorable Julie A. Emede, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
Honorable L. Michael Clark, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
Honorable Mary J. Greenwood, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
Bradford Baugh, JD
Marcia Clark, MFT
Thao Do, MFT
Tracy Fleming, MFT, Senior Mediator with Santa Clara County Family Court Services
Kimberly E. Lynch, JD
Kimberly Nielsen, MFT, Director of Family Court Services in Santa Clara County
Stephen Penn, JD, Certified Family Law Specialist
Kenneth Perlmutter, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Richard Roggia, JD