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“Alienation? Myths, Complexities and Possibilities..."

We are pleased to invite you to the 5th Annual AFCC Australian Conference hosted at the Hilton Hotel (233 Victoria Square Adelaide) on Thursday 16 August 2018 for The Pre-Conference Institutes and Friday 17 August 2018 to Saturday 18 August 2018 for the Main Conference.



Introduction: AFCC Training for Family Report Writers - Dr Simon Kennedy Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Melbourne, VIC Dr Phil Watts Clinical Psychologist, Perth, WA Dr Jennifer Neoh Clinical Psychologist, Melbourne, VIC Dr Ben Jones Forensic Psychologist, Melbourne, VIC

High Conflict Separations, Alienation & Children Resisting Contact with Parents - Professor Nicholas Bala Professor Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada Mr Vincent Papaleo Clinical Psychologist, Melbourne, VIC

Early Intervention with Resistance-Refusal Dynamics - Dr Lyn Greenberg Psychologist, California, USA

The Role of Children in 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention Proceedings and Other High Conflict Parenting Disputes (Estrangement, Alienation, Relocation and Entrenched Conflict) - Professor Marilyn Freeman University of Westminster, London, Associate Professor Nicola Taylor Alexander McMillan Chair in Childhood Studies, Director, Children’s Issues Centre University of Otago, New Zealand Dr Sarah Calvert Clinical Psychologist and Specialist Report Writer, New Zealand

Domestic Violence, Alienation, High Conflict? Oh My!! Can the Wizard Figure it Out? - Dr Phil Stahl Psychologist, Arizona, USA Mr Stephen Page Harrington Family Lawyers, Brisbane, QLD


PLENARIES AND WORKSHOPS - 17 and 18 August 2018

Welcome and Opening the Conference - The Changing Face of Australian Family Law - Justice Steven Strickland Justice of the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia and President of AFCC Australian Chapter, SA

‘ALLEN’ation – A Child’s View of Alienation - Dr Robert Simon Psychologist, San Diego, USA Mr Stephen Cohen Chief Psychologist, Department of Communities, WA

Parental Alienation: Social Contexts and Legal Responses - Professor Nick Bala Professor of Law Queens University, Ontario, Canada

The Developmental Significance of Early Attachment Security, and the Trouble with Parent Conflict and Violence. New Evidence - Professor Jennifer McIntosh , Children Beyond Dispute, School of Psychology ,Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC  Ms Evelyn Tan School of Psychology, Deakin University, Melbourne 

Staying in Family Law and Keeping Your Sanity: Dealing with Clients with Personality Disorders - Dr Catherine Boland Clinical Psychologist, The Relationspace, Sydney, NSW

Lawyers Thinking Differently: How to be a Genuine Problem Solver- Ms Anne-Marie Rice Mediator, Director of Rice Naughton McCarthy, Brisbane, QLD

Improving Access to the Courts for Indigenous Australians: Why and How? - Judge Charlotte Kelly Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Adelaide, SA Ms Robyn Sexton Former Judge of Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Sydney, NSW Ms Melissa Clarke Acting CEO of Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, Adelaide, SA Ms Jean Walla Counsellor/Support Work, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, Elizabeth SA Mr Alec Wanganeen Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Christies Beach SA Mr Trent Shepherd Policy Officer Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Sydney, NSW

A "little bit” of Family Violence? - Dr Peter Krabman Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, Sydney, NSW

RIFT- Reportable Intensive Family Therapy- A Four Day Single Therapist Model for Complex Family Matters - Dr Jennifer Neoh Clinical Psychologist, Melbourne, VIC

P.E.P TALKS! The Parenting Enhancement Program for Children Who Resist Time With a Parent. The Facts, Stats, Wisdom and Wonder - Ms Lisa Bottomley Family Law Parenting Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Listening to Children in Hague International Child Abduction Cases - Justice Robert Benjamin Family Court of Australia Dr Michelle Fernando Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of South Australia, SA, Ms Caroline Smith Victoria Legal Aid, Melbourne, VIC  

Facilitated Handovers: Let's Talk About Our Duty of Care - Ms Karen Gabriel Regional Coordinato, Child Dispute Services NSW/ACT, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, NSW Ms Karen Barker Senior Family Consultant NSW/ACT, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, NSW

Removal of Children by Warrant - Professor Mark Henaghan Dean Faculty at University of Otago, Auckland, New Zealand

What To Do With Parental Hatred? - Dr Bruce Smyth Associate Professor of Family Studies at the Centre for Social Research & Methods, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Mental Health Treatment Reports Submitted as Evidence in Family Court Proceedings - Dr Don Tustin Clinical Psychologist, Adelaide, SA

AFCC Australian Chapter Guidelines for Working with Children - Ms Pat Woodcock Forensic Psychologist, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Cairns, QLD

Less is Sometimes More…Being Aware of the Footprint we Leave on the Family - Dr Robert Simon Psychologist, San Diego, California, USA Judge Tom Altobelli Federal Circuit Court of Australia Wollongong, NSW Dr Peter Krabman Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, Sydney, NSW

When a Child Rejects or Resists Contact with a Parent Following Separation: Developing Best Outcomes for Family Therapy - Dr Janina Szyndler Clinical Psychologist, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Sydney, NSW

Consultative Support for Family Justice Professionals - Mr Timothy McMichael New Zealand Law Awards Mediator of the Year 2017 and Manager of the Family Works Resolution Service, Auckland, New Zealand



The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. It costs $160 USD to join the AFCC USA and $50 USD for the Australian Chapter of AFCC. TO JOIN click on the link below and follow the prompts (don't forget to select "Australian Chapter")



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Adelaide from 16 to 18 August 2018. To receive the group rate please visit the following website to make your booking:



Sophie on 03 9458 1733 or