october, 2017

24oct4:00 pm7:15 pmSettlement Based Approaches to Custody Matters


Event Details

The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Presents:

 Settlement Based Approaches to Custody Matters

October 24, 2017, 4 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

At the offices of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, LLC, 400 Crossing Blvd, Bridgewater, NJ

Please join us for this workshop on the use of focused forensic evaluations, settlement-based custody evaluations, and innovative interventions for families in conflict. This is an intermediate level program, for which some basic knowledge of the specific content is required, and is intended for psychologists, social workers, attorneys,mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.


Moderator:  Amy Wechsler, Esq.  Speakers: Hon. Maureen B. Mantineo, J.S.C.; Shireen Meistrich, L.C.S.W.; Sharon Ryan Montgomery, Psy.D.; Marcy Pasternak, Ph.D.; and Mark Singer, Ed.D.

Upon completion of the program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain the differences between focused evaluations, best interest evaluations, and parenting capacity evaluations, and understand current trends in focused evaluations;
  2. Discuss the AFCC Guidelines for Brief Focused Assessments
  3. Understand the ethical responsibilities consistent with Custody and Parenting Time regulations promulgated by the NJ Board of Psychological Examiners;
  4. Identify the common elements of a well-structured forensic focused evaluation and how to design court orders for focused evaluations;
  5. Describe a Settlement Based Evaluation, and understand the advantages of this approach and the situations in which it is appropriate;
  6. Understand the difference between parent coaching and co-parent therapy;
  7. Understand the foundational importance and essential elements of parent education;
  8. Identify when to refer a case for co-parent therapy or Parenting Coordination, and articulate how a Parenting Coordinator and a co-parent therapist can work together collaboratively with high conflict parents;
  9. Describe the New Ways for Families program and how it works to reduce family conflict;
  10. Have a basic understanding of how judges and decision-makers view the types of evaluations discussed in the program, and what judges need to be able to direct couples to these option.


Cost:$ 49 NJ-AFCC members with advance purchase

$ 59 non-members and door registrations

$ 39 judges

Light supper will be served

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds after October 20, 2017

Please R.S.V.P. to reserve a spot to: awechsler@swldfamilylaw.com by no later than October 17, 2017

Please make checks payable to AFCC-NJ and send to Amy Wechsler at 101 Town Center Drive, Suite 117, Warren, NJ  07059, and please include your name and e-mail address on the check.

Download Flyer

This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Inc.  NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This program has been approved by NJPA for 3.0 credits, and has been submitted to the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for CLE credit approval.


(Tuesday) 4:00 pm - 7:15 pm EST


Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, LLC

400 Crossing Blvd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807