Join your colleagues FRIDAY, April 24, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the 2020 WA AFCC Annual Conference, at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.
For attorneys and mental health professionals, understanding the role of trauma is vitally important.
For mental health professionals, the failure to understand the impact of trauma may skew evaluations, over-pathologizing subjects and failing to discern treatment modalities that can improve functioning and, consequently, family life.
For attorneys, the failure to understand the impact of trauma may culminate in missing key points on cross examination and potentially losing a case.
And, for all professionals, the failure to understand the trauma response in protracted custody matters may adversely impact children whose behavior may be the result of a traumatic event or series of events, which may be given lesser weight because they are first disclosed in adversarial litigation.
This innovative full-day program will deconstruct the dynamics of trauma. We will detail how to use legal and mental health strategies to advocate when trauma is on trial, within essential roles, during the judicial process. And we will demonstrate trial skills and evidentiary objections in cases when the science behind trauma is at issue.
This conference will both educate and demonstrate the importance and tenets of trauma in the forensic evaluation and custody evaluation process, as well as in the courtroom. It will show participants how a mental health professional can incorporate trauma symptomatology through review of records, clinical interview, and psychometrics. It will also demonstrate how an attorney can strengthen or discredit the testimony of an expert by use of the Rules of Evidence and sound trial practice techniques.
Any professional who authors reports, makes recommendations for children and families to the Court system, or advises parents about the presentation of expert testimony to support (or potentially undermine) their custody litigation will benefit from this demonstration.