Meeting With Parents

A new approach to bringing the voice of children to parents

  • Identification of the four levels of parent readiness
  • Application of feedback approaches to each of the FOUR levels of parent readiness
  • Consideration of child and youth readiness in providing feedback to parents
  • HOW TO of an approach to parent feedback

Meeting with Parents
Skills for Family Law Professionals

In this two day program Lorri Yasenik PhD and Jon Graham explore the skills necessary to bring the voice of children to parents. Starting from a position that all children over 5 years should be given the opportunity to participate in ADR processes that affect them, Lorri and Jon consider the question of how the messages from children can be brought back to parents in a way that is not only safe, but is also is authentic to the child.

Jon and Lorri’s research has identified four levels of parent readiness to hear the voice of their children.  This program explores the strategies that can be applied from Level 1 parents where feedback is limited, to Level 4 parents where the ADR practitioner facilitates a meeting of parents and children.

meeting with parents

Authentic Engagement With Children

The question is not WHETHER children should be heard, but rather HOW TO ensure children’s voices are safely and effectively heard as part of an ADR process. The challenge that practitioners face is how and when to include children AND how to increase the readiness of the parents to hear their children’s concerns.

Lundy 2007 identifies the importance of the child voice. She then identifies the significance of giving the child voice “due weight”. This program focuses on how due weight can be given to the child voice within the family law environment.

Course Content

  • The four levels of parent readiness and the concept of child and youth readiness
  • The nine levels of child and youth concerns
  • Level 1 parents
    ◊ Presentation ◊ Strategies for feedback ◊ Strategies for increasing readiness
  • Level 2 parents
    ◊ Presentation ◊ Strategies for feedback ◊ Strategies for increasing readiness
  • Level 3 parents
    ◊ Presentation ◊ Strategies for feedback ◊ Strategies for maintaining and increasing readiness
  • Level 4 parents
    ◊ Presentation ◊ Strategies for feedback ◊ Strategies for maintaining readiness
  • Application of the child and youth readiness scale to case presentations
  • Understand the ethical implications of child-centred practice

Who Should Attend?

Previous attendance at a Meeting with Children Course recommended.

◊ Child Specialists ◊ Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners ◊ Parenting Coordinators ◊ Family Mediators ◊ Child and Family Counsellors ◊ Family Lawyers ◊ Independent Children’s Lawyers

Program Details

Duration:TWO DAY COURSE (14 hours face-to-face)

Course Locations: 

  • ICCFL Sydney, Australia
  • ICCFL Calgary, Canada
  • The course can be delivered elsewhere by invitation

Course Fee: EARLY BIRD RATE: $700.00 (CAD/AUD plus GST) if paid in full four weeks prior to course start date

FULL FEE:  $800.00 (CAD/AUD plus GST)

Course Fee Includes:

  • All tuition
  • Meeting with Parents Manual
  • Online Tools and Resources
  • Wheel of Child Development access
  • Daily breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks
  • Issue of Certificate