Washington Chapter Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
      6th Annual Conference
Parents Come in All Sizes and Forms...


Dr. Daniel Rybicki


Saturday, March 25, 2017

8:30 to 4:30 pm

Registration opens at 8:00

Social Hour begins at 5:00 until 7:00 (cash bar, silent auction, no entry fee)

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Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Ave
Seattle, WA 98101   

 (206) 464-3055

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PARKING AVAILABLE first come, first serve             at 1409 Sixth Ave., Additional Fee Required


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An informal No-Host Social Hour will be held Saturday, March 7th 

 between 5:00 and 7:00 pm

With a Silent Auction. 

Cancellation Policy: Transfer of registration to another person may be done at any time prior to the event without a fee. All requests for refunds must be made in writing. Written notice of cancellation received by fax or postmarked by February 25, 2017 will be issued a full refund minus a $25 service fee. Written notice after February 25th will have the service fee deducted and the balance will be issued as a credit for future WA AFCC conferences, publications, or membership dues. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received after March 18, 2017.

New Member Special

Now is a good time to join AFCC in order to receive the benefit of reduced rates at all training events and to receive online access to all the issues of Family Court Review, the interdisciplinary journal published by AFCC. Dues for AFCC are $160 for individuals and you can join the local WA -AFCC chapter for $40 more.

Information available at www.afccnet.org

Thanks to Past Sponsors


To Become a Sponsor or Provide Materials at the Conference, use this link to our website for tabs

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                Washington Chapter                Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Sixth Annual Conference 


Once again we have a stellar line-up of Plenary sessions with top speakers from across the country. Attorneys, judges, Guardians ad Litem, mental health practitioners and evaluators will find valuable information at the Sixth Annual WA AFCC Conference  to be held Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

"Parents Come in All Sizes and Forms"

Our morning Plenary sessions begin with noted author, trainer, attorney and mental health practitioner, Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD. with a session entitled:

High Conflict Parents -- Making and Following Parenting Plans.

This presentation will address ways of engaging parents in using simple skills to make their own agreements and follow them. It will cover ways to motivate them in and out of court; how to teach them these skills in small steps; how to guide them in applying these skills in negotiation sessions; and how to use them in the future. These skills can be taught individually by any professional involved in decision-making. They can also be taught in the structured New Ways for Families method developed by the presenter in use in several family court systems in the United States and Canada.


(Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD, CFLS)    (Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D.)           

The second morning Plenary session features AFCC President and noted researcher, clinician, author and trainer Marsh Kline Pruett, Ph.D. She will present on

 Embracing the Young Child: Parenting Plans that Stimulate Growth.

This plenary combines practical clinical experience and the latest empirical information to illuminate what we know and distinguish it from what we wish we knew about young children and overnights. The talk will focus on young children’s developmental tasks and hallmarks, developmental risks relevant to separation and divorce, red flags for child stress, and tips for co-parenting. A grid developed collaboratively by researcher-clinicians offers a way of integrating what we know about young children and families into parenting plans that stimulate and protect early child growth and development.


Break Out Afternoon sessions will allow you to choose between the following sesssions and speakers

Pragmatics of a Developmental Systems Approach to Parenting Plans: Panel Discussion with

Daniel Rybicki, Psy.D., Dennis McGlothin, J.D., Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., and Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD.

Attorney and Parenting Evaluator: Collaboration to Best Serve the Modern Family

Jennifer Wheeler, Ph.D. and Stacy Heard, J.D.

Protecting Children from Conflict

Alyson Jones, MA, RCC, and Melisa Ander, MEd.,RCC

Unsolvable Problems: Relocation in the 21st Centry

Douglas Becker, J.D.

Crafting Age-Appropriate Parenting Plans

Justin Sedell, J.D, and Jennifer Wheeler, Ph.D.

Same-Sex Parenting: Legal Questions, Research Needs and Practical Solutions

Wendy Hutchins-Cook, Ph.D., Naomi Oderberg, Ph.D., Joseph Shaub, J.D., and Frances Kevetter, J.D.


Silent Auction, Cash Bar Social Hour to Follow

Consider Joining Us for the Luncheon Member Mingle, Networking time. 

Sumptuous luncheon buffet for additional fee featuring:  

Northwest clam chowder; Mesclun greens salad with Washington apples, walnuts, Oregonzola cheese crumbles, and blue cheese dressing; Seared wild salmon with asparagus, dried cherries, and tarragon vinaigrette; Grilled chicken breast with Serrano ham, sundried tomatoes, Manchego cheese, and pesto vinaigrette; Butternut squash ravioli with sage and brown butter sauce; Seasonal vegetable medley; Roasted rosemary fingerling potatoes; WAC seasonal dessert.

Register Now!Registration includes program materials, training and refreshments. Members will be holding a meeting at the end of the lunch break. Tickets for the superb luncheon buffet are available for WA AFCC members ($35) and for non-members ($45) to join the lunch meeting. Otherwise lunch is on your own. Register early for savings. Class size is limited, so sign up soon. 

Program materials will be distributed on-line and by way of USB flash drive as PDF documents. Session materials will not be distributed in print form at the conference. High speed wireless internet is available at the Washington Athletic Club for a fee. 

Parking fees are not included. There are several public lots nearby and a parking facility used by the WAC is about a half-block north on Sixth. Public transportation is also available.

Lodging: Please make your own travel arrangements. A limited number of rooms are available at the WAC for WA AFCC attendees. Other major hotel chains such as the Sheraton are within easy walking distance. 


Who Should Attend?  

Attorneys, Guardian Ad Litem,  Judicial Officers, Psychologists, Mental Health Professionals, Researchers and Treatment Providers involved with Family Law and Dependency Court custody matters.


More information on Learning Objectives, Presenter Bio's and Continuing Education Credit information is available at our website www.wa-afcc.net


For other program and registration inquiries, contact WA AFCC

at  (253) 509-0922 Dr. Daniel Rybicki. 

Register Now!Be Sure to Considering Including the Luncheon Buffet -- Reduced rate for WA AFCC Members. A great time to network, mingle, meet new colleagues, and chat with the speakers. 

Continuing Education Credits:

This program has been approved for up to 6.0 hours of CLE through WSBA (activity ID 1022285).

This program has also been approved for 6 hours CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors are eligible (Provider number is 1975-312).

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) parent organization is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content.