This one-day conference will provide attendees with 6 hours of Law Society-approved CPD, and the agenda looks very comprehensive. Topics covered include:
- Family Violence and Protection Orders: A Multidisciplinary Review
- Expanding the Litigator’s Toolbox: How Community Services and Resources Can Help You and Your Clients
- Counselling and Collaborative Tools in Litigation
- The Past, Present and Future of Alienation Allegations: A Deeper Look Down the Rabbit Hole
- Getting Your Evidence In Court and Keeping Your Client Out Of Trouble: Criminal Law and Evidentiary Issues for Family Law Practitioners
- Interjurisdictional Issues in Child Custody
- Keynote speech by Jack Hittrich of Surrey firm Hittrich Law
There will be ample time for coffee, networking and visiting exhibitors (like us - be sure to stop by and say hi at the Dye & Durham table!).
We’re always keen to see the agendas for the events we support, because they are usually a great indication of what perennially important and also emerging issues BC legal professionals are facing. On this particular agenda, John-Paul Boyd’s session on “parental alienation” caught our attention, and we wanted to know more about this concept.
Attendees will learn a lot from conference presenter Boyd, who practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before becoming executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. He has written extensively on the concept of parental alienation: the naturally occurring or deliberately provoked breakdown of a parent-child relationship.
The idea of a “Parental Alienation Syndrome” has been largely discredited, but these situations are nevertheless extremely difficult family conflicts to work with, and Boyd is sure to offer fascinating insight and information on the topic.
Interested in learning more about parental alienation? Check out these additional resources from Boyd:
- Chapter on Estrangement and Alienation in the Clicklaw Wikibook JP Boyd on Family Law
- Slaw.ca: Have We Been Mishandling Our Alienation Cases? Let’s Try a Different Approach
- LawNow Magazine: When Children Refuse to Visit: Alienation and Estrangement in Family Law Disputes
For a full breakdown of the conference's topics and speakers, be sure to visit the TLABC's seminar summary.