New Ways for Families CLE
Training for the New Ways for Families program is confirmed and the information is below.
CLE credit: 1.5
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Location: Peninsula Community Mental Health Center, 118 E. 8th Street,
Trainer: Bill Eddy (program designer)
New Ways is a counseling/life skills-training program for parents involved in custody issues (divorce, paternity and dependency) and is designed to reduce parental conflict and in particular the exposure of that conflict to the children. It is based on several research studies, including the new longitudinal study from La Trobe University which provides strong research findings that facilitating the parents to “hear” their children makes a decided and enduring difference in the reduction of conflict, reduction of litigation, improvement in the stability of families, and satisfaction of parents with parenting arrangements.
Bill Eddy, the New Ways developer, will be in Victoria, and has graciously offered to come to Port Angeles the following day to do the training in person. At this time, we have about 15 counselors from Clallam and Jefferson committed to take the training (including PCMHC), and most of the family law bar as well. The program will have the most impact if counselors, judges and attorneys understand the program, so I do recommend all family law attorneys take the training. Three (cheap) CLE credits are provided, and a solid grounding in this tool will help you help your clients maximize whatever their goals may be.
The Clallam and Jefferson judges have expressed interest in the program, although they are keen for feedback from the attorneys and are truly interested in cooperative efforts with the bar. I encourage everyone to communicate with the judges if you have any thoughts or opinions about the program, pro or con.
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Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or would like to know more about the program.