Continuing Legal Education

The Law Society of Yukon’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program requires that all practicing members complete 12 hours of professional development annually.

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee provides legal educational programs to members of the Law Society. The Committee focuses on programs that will assist members to increase their legal knowledge and practical skills, remain aware of their professional obligations, and provide better client service.

The CLE Committee encourages members to bring forward ideas or topics for future CLE’s at any time.




Date:               Friday, December 13, 2019

Time:              12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location:        Westmark

Cost:               $52.50 ($50.00 + GST) for Law Society members – includes lunch

Registration:   to register email

 Deadline to register is Monday, December 9, 2019

This presentation will describe the different sub-categories of domestic violence and the impact of exposure to domestic violence on infants, toddlers and young children. The participants will learn about how the developing brain is affected by unpredictable or frightening caregiver behaviour, and how the child’s ability to regulate emotions, attention and behaviour is impacted by early exposure to toxic stress. The presenter will discuss criteria for imposing and removing supervised access conditions in cases of family violence.

Key messages:

  1. Infants and preverbal children are impacted even when they are not directly targeted or exposed to violent behaviour because maternal stress and preoccupation is stressful to the child and interferes with healthy attachment formation. Just removing the perpetrator does not repair the damage.
  2. Different patterns of intimate partner violence can be detected by careful interviewing and review of the family history and each pattern can have different developmental consequences. Coercive/controlling offenders are the most problematic and most likely to require supervised access.
  3. Families rarely have only one problem and their complex needs can overwhelm intervenors. The risk and resilience literature points the way toward better outcomes for vulnerable children at risk by focusing on key risk and protective variables that are amenable to change.

Biography: Evelyn Wotherspoon

Ms. Wotherspoon is a social worker who has devoted her career to high-risk children and families. For the last decade she has been providing infant and early childhood mental health training and consultations to child welfare workers, lawyers, and judges in Calgary. Evelyn has authored papers on the needs of vulnerable infants and toddlers for a variety of publications including the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal, the Canadian Bar Association Newsletter, and the Journal of Infant Mental Health. Evelyn has given dynamic, engaging and highly interactive presentations on children at risk to audiences throughout the US and Canada. She has 35 years of experience working with high-risk children and families in mental health, child development and child protection settings. She is currently in private practice.

This CLE has been approved for 1.5 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia and may be applied towards the mandatory 12 hour Continuing Professional Development requirement in both BC and Yukon.