Symposium Event ID Website 300pxFamilyKind’s Inaugural Symposium, Divorcing and Separating Families: Transforming Crisis Into Opportunities, was October 27, 2016 with an additional Kickoff Event the evening of October 26.

This two-day conference was for mental health professionals, lawyers, mediators, and educators.

Symposium
WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. View our Symposium Agenda.
WHERE: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, NYC

Reasons to Attend

Enhance your professional expertise with cutting edge approaches and the latest legal, mental health, and education advances in support of families experiencing separation and divorce:

  • Developmentally sensitive parenting plans
  • Emotionally-informed and child-inclusive mediation
  • Evolution of child custody law
  • Alternative dispute resolution processes post divorce
  • Parenting and co-parenting education

Download a PDF flyer. View 5 Reasons You Should Attend. 5.5 CLE credits for attorneys, and 7.5 CE credits for social workers provided.

FamilyKind was proud to partner with Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and AFCC-NY to host this program.

Presenters and Moderators

  • Hon. Vanessa Aufiero da Rocha
    Magistrate Judge, Author, Special Guest from Brazil
  • Kathleen (Kate) Costello Bar-Tur, LCSW, FIPA
    Psychoanalyst, Divorce and Family Mediator, and Collaborative Divorce Professional
  • Robert E. Emery, PhD
    Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia; Author
  • Patricia Grant, Esq.
    Partner, Grant + Appelbaum, PC, Family and Matrimonial Attorney, Mediator, and Collaborative Law Practitioner
  • Dr. James Katz, PhD
    Director, Division of Emerging Media Studies, Boston University, College of Communication; University Professor
  • Matthew Kiernan, JD
    Director of Pilot Projects for the Center for Children, Families and the Law and Managing Editor of Family Court Review, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • April Kuchuk, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, University Professor
  • Monica Michell, MD
    Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; University Professor
  • Hon. Jane Pearl
    Family Court Judge, Immediate Past President of AFCC-NY
  • Hon. A. Gail Prudenti
    Former NYS Chief Administrative Judge; Executive Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law; Special Advisor to the Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Maurice Robinson, JD
    Attorney, Mediator, University Professor
  • Hon. Jeffrey Sunshine
    Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County; Supervising Judge for Matrimonial Matters, Kings County; Chair of the Chief Administrative Judge’s Matrimonial Practice Advisory and Rules Committee
  • Ellen Taner, MA
    Family and Parenting Educator, University Professor

Our Sponsors
We are grateful to Platinum Event Sponsors Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, a New York family and divorce law firm, and Our Family Wizard, offering online tools to make co-parenting better.

We also thank Venue Sponsor New York City Bar Association; and Breakfast and Break Sponsors Helene Bernstein, Esq, attorney and mediator; Communication By Design, visual marketing agency;  Stacy Francis, wealth manager; Andrea Hirshman, attorney and mediator; The Law Firm of John Yacos, PC, matrimonial and family law practice; LGBTQI Family Professionals of NY, Kathryn Smerling, LCSW, PhD, MakeDivorceHealthier.org, Manewitz Weiker Associates, LLC, financial advisors; and Sara Stanich, financial planner and divorce financial analyst.

Learn about our sponsorship packages and benefits. Become a sponsor and support FamilyKind.

Pricing
Symposium Professional Attendee — $250
Symposium Public Interest Professional Attendee — $175
Symposium Full-Time Student — $75

Financial aid available for eligible participants. Please email info@familykind.org to apply.
 
Kickoff Event
WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:00 to 8:30 pm. View our Kickoff Event Agenda.
WHERE: Ariel East, 2628 Broadway, NYC

An additional festive and rich evening filled with networking, live entertainment, food and drink, centered around a panel discussing Divorce Professionals: When Personal History Intersects with Professional Experience

Our Kickoff Event is an additional opportunity to increase your knowledge and connect with colleagues.

1.5 CLE credits for attorneys or 1.5 CE credits for social workers are provided.

Kickoff Event — $75

Financial aid available for eligible participants. Please email info@familykind.org to apply.

Event Sponsorship

Learn about our sponsorship packages and benefits. Become a sponsor and support FamilyKind.