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Maritime Custody Evaluation – 2 Day Workshop
February 12, 2013

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March 1, 2, 2013
Delta Beausejour, 750 Main Street, Moncton, NB

“Road Map to Making sense of the Evidence for Conducting Parenting Plan Evaluations”

Leslie Drozd, PhD, Co-editor, Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied Research for Family Court, Newport Beach, CA

Nancy W. Olesen, PhD, Independent Practice, San Rafael, CA

Michael Saini, PhD, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

This two-day workshop is intended to enhance child custody evaluators' knowledge and skills to conduct systematic and transparent parenting plan evaluations within the context of child custody disputes. The presenters will introduce participants to an overarching road map to guide the evaluation method and several tools to help evaluators make sense of the information they collect as part of the evaluation process. Focusing on the multiple factors involved in analyzing and synthesizing the data, the presenters will provide a series of decision trees for creating parenting plans that emerge from the data.

During this first day of the workshop, participants will be introduced to a framework for developing a systematic method for planning and collecting the evidence relevant to the case. By developing a preliminary hypothesis of the case, various factors will be considered based on specific case details, psycho-legal factors and the scientific evidence. During the second day, participants will be introduced to frameworks for analyzing and synthesizing the evidence collected using a decision tree approach. Using an evaluation matrix, the presenters will demonstrate how to organize the data to so that parenting plan recommendations are based on defensible conclusions about the case. Using case examples, participants will be assisted to navigate the road map for conducting parenting plan evaluations. Along the way, the presenters will provide checklists, practice tips, self-assessment tools and guides to further organize the evaluation process and to provide evaluators with the tools and resources to perform complex evaluations using simplified approaches.

To register: Complete the information in the registration form and fax or mail no later than February 15, 2013, to:

New Brunswick Association of Social Workers
P.O. Box 1533, Station “A”
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 5G2
Fax (506) 457-1421

This free workshop is a collaboration of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the New Brunswick Department of Justice and Attorney General and the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers. It is made possible with funding from Justice Canada. Registration is limited so please register early!


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