This seminar is an online rebroadcast of a previously recorded program. To participate, you listen and view online.
Originally presented at the 2019 Family Law Conference
8:30 – 8:41 AM | Guardian ad Litem: Role & Responsibility
Speaker: Chad T. Courtney, Courtney & Mills, LLC, Springfield
This concise session explains the role of the GAL and introduces statues and standards that guide and govern GALs.
8:41 – 9:28 AM | Comprehensive Trauma Treatment
Speaker: Rene McCreary, ED. S. LPC, Director of Counseling Services, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Kansas City
This session will focus on practices for treating both youth and adults who have experienced trauma. Ms. McCreary will introduce some of the basic processes of the most common treatment protocols and provide tools needed to locate qualified trauma therapists to treat both youth and adults.
9:28 – 10:15 AM | Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Speaker: Rene McCreary
Learn what EMDR is and how it works, as well as for who EMDR can be used and when it may not be the treatment of choice. Get tools to guide you in making effective referrals for both youth and adults.
10:15 – 10:30 AM | Break
10:30 – 11:20 AM | Domestic Violence 101
Speaker: Pamela Roychaudhury, Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Joplin
Examine the nature and dynamics of domestic violence. Specifically, the behavior of individuals who abuse, the complex effects of domestic violence on survivors and their children, its intersection with the judicial system, and tools for a guardian ad litem to utilize when domestic violence is present.
11:20 AM – 12:10 PM | Proper Use of Custody Evaluations
Speakers: Arthur H. Nissenbaum, Law Offices of Arthur H. Nissenbaum, LLC, St. Louis; Dr. Rick Scott, Scott Psychological Associates, LLC, St. Louis
Learn to identify when a psychological or child custody evaluation may be necessary by utilizing guidelines to help analyze these situations. The presentation will examine the types of evaluations available, discuss practical examples and issues to consider, and identify the most effective use of an evaluation.
12:10 – 1:10 PM | Lunch
1:10 – 1:57 PM | Permanency & The Family First Prevention Services Act
Speaker: Becky Stone, Foster America Fellow, Missouri Children’s Division, Jefferson City
The Family First Prevention Services Act, passed in February 2018, allows states to use federal title IV-E funds to prevent children from entering foster care. This legislation provides the opportunity for states to provide evidence-based services to families in the areas of parenting, substance abuse treatment and mental health interventions, to prevent removal of children. Learn about this powerful new tool for addressing permanency through prevention.
1:57 – 2:47 PM | JUDICIAL PANEL: Judicial Expectations – GAL Do’s & Don’ts
Panelists: Hon. Elizabeth V. Rohrs, 30th Judicial Circuit, Bolivar; Hon. Sherrill L. Rosen, 16th Judicial Circuit, Independence; Hon. Margaret T. Donnelly, 21st Judicial Circuit, St. Louis
Judges will share their expectations of Guardians ad Litem as well as provide tips on how to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Guardian ad Litem.
2:47 – 2:57 PM | Break
2:57 – 3:47 PM | The GAL’s Role When the Child Resists the Parenting Plan
Speaker: Larry V. Swall II, Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A., Liberty
Guardians ad Litem are often in the middle of difficult and/or high conflict families where there is evidence of child resistance to a parent, alienating behaviors by a parent, or a child who is completely alienated from a parent-child relationship. This program is designed to help GALs identify issues associated with this dynamic, define a “treatment” methodology, identify appropriate professionals to provide services, and to protect the ultimate best interests of children and their relationships with parents.
3:47 – 4:37 PM | Tools to Disengage the TOO Engaged Co-Parents
Speakers: Simone Haberstock McCartney, The Law Offices of Simone Haberstock McCartney, LLC, Richmond Heights; Arthur H. Nissenbaum
This session will help you identify high-conflict parents who will be best served with parallel parenting plans; develop parallel parenting plans; make a case for a parallel parenting plan in trial; and take actions that support disengagement of the parents.
4:37 PM | Adjourn
Nancy Richards, Nancy R. Richards & Assoc, Arnold