Federal Circuit Court of Australia FORENSIC FAMILY ASSESSMENT TRAINING ROCKHAMPTON 24th and 25th June 2015 The Child Dispute Services of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in conjunction with the Central Queensland Family Law Pathway Network will be conducting a training program in forensic family assessments in Rockhampton on the 24th and 25th June 2015 at the Parish Centre (St Joseph’s Cathedral grounds), 169 William Street. This two day workshop is being offered free to psychologists and social workers in private practice to assist them to complete family assessments in disputed family law matters (commonly referred to as family reports). The training will be conducted by David Hugall, Regional Coordinator of Child Dispute Services, Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, who is a social worker with 35 years’ experience in the child and family welfare area and 20 years’ experience in the Family Law Courts. Although the training is intended to assist psychologists and social workers who wish to apply to be appointed as Regulation 7 Family Consultants there is no requirement or obligation for participants to do so. Appointment as a Regulation 7 Family Consultant is a separate process whereby appointees are accepted as a Court expert and can be contracted on a fee for service basis directly by the Court to complete assessments and provide reports as private practitioners. The training will cover the topics in the attached outline, and will include a session with the Federal Circuit Court Judge responsible for the Rockhampton matters, Judge Demack. Expressions of interest in attending the training program are sought from registered psychologists or from social workers who are members of or eligible for membership of the AASW. If interested please email David Hugall, and please include your CV. Enquiries to: David Hugall Ph: 07 32482315 Email: David.Hugall@familycourt.gov.au Federal Circuit Court of Australia FORENSIC FAMILY ASSESSMENTSTRAINING ROCKHAMPTON Location: The Parish Centre (St Joseph’s Cathedral grounds), 169 William Street.* Day 1 Wednesday 24th June 9:00 – 4:30 9:00 Introduction and overview Course overview Family Law Courts Case Management Pathways: Application through to trial. Legislation relevant to children’s matters, family assessment reports and family consultants Ordering and use of family consultant reports 11:00 Preliminary Issues and arranging assessments Definition of family assessment reports Clarify the purpose and scope of the assessment Multiple relationships and conflicts of interests Communication with parties and legal reps Risk screening and preliminary information gathering Identify and obtain permission re collaterals Cultural issues and use of interpreters Home visits Planning the assessment process Lunch 1:00 – 1:45 1:45 pm Conducting Assessments Overview of assessment process Interviews with adults Interviews with children Observations Use of psychological tests Interviews with collaterals Reading documents Notes and recording 3:45 Q@A with Regulation 7 Family Consultant 4:30 Finnish *Parking available to the rear of the Cathedral or along Murray Street. Day 2 Thursday 25th June 2015 9:00 9:00 – 4:30 Issues in conducting assessments Forensic vs therapeutic and mediation processes Interview styles Safety, family violence and Interviews Allegations and disputed facts Resistance and refusals 10:45 Family violence risk assessment Definition of family violence Impacts of family violence Assessing family violence (5Ps framework) Assessing future risk Lunch 12:30 – 1:15 1:15 Q@A with Federal Circuit Court Judge Anne Demack 2:30 formulating assessments and reporting Frameworks for assessments Common mistakes Structure and content of reports Formulating recommendations Limitations on assessments and recommendations Referencing literature in reports Oral reports and cross examination Finnish 4:30 *Parking is available to the rear of the Cathedral or along Murray Street.