Families, Family Breakdown and the Law
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 – Thursday, September 8, 2022
Registration: Click here to self-register using Eventbrite.
Victim Services is hosting a 2-day, in-person training primarily to assist counsellors in understanding the intricacies of working with families experiencing breakdown. Additionally, it offers an opportunity for lawyers and law students to understand the overlap between family law and family mental health from counsellors’ perspectives.
The course will be led by Clinical Director, Child & Family Therapist and Divorce Specialist Alyson Jones, MA RCC and Family Law Arbitrator, Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, John-Paul E. Boyd.
Some of the topics covered include:
- Family breakdown, the legal system and dispute resolution;
- Counsellors within the legal framework;
- Preparing for court and dealing with Judges and lawyers.
John-Paul E. Boyd QC, AOCA MA LLB
Family Arbitrator, Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator.
John-Paul E. Boyd, QC is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia, and counsel to the Calgary family law firm Wise Scheible Barkauskas.
John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before taking a position as the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, at the University of Calgary, in 2013. He returned to private practice, providing services throughout Alberta and British Columbia, in 2018 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019.
Alyson Jones, MA RCC
Clinical Director at Alyson Jones & Associates where she leads a team of therapists that specialize in separation and divorce issues.
She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Child and Family Therapist, Parenting Coordinator, Mediator, Divorce Coach, Author and Educator with over 30 years’ experience.
She developed the Family Forward Reunification Program (FFRP) which assists families in navigating through parent child contact problems and highly complex family issues. She also spearheaded the Specialized Services Program which services high conflict families who are going through family transitions.
This CPD event has been approved for 8 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia and may be applied towards the mandatory 12 hour Continuing Professional Development requirement in the Yukon.