11th Annual Family Law Case Management Training: Evaluating Alternatives, Making Good Choices

Washburn University School of Law's Children and Family Law Center is hosting "Evaluating Alternatives, Making Good Choices" (11th Annual Family Law Case Management Training program) on Friday, December 8, 2017. The registration fee is $149.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

7:30 a.m. – Registration (Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Lower Level)

8:00-8:50 a.m.
The Difficult Case Management Parent: How to Understand & Work with a Parent Who has a Personality Disorder (1 hour)

  • Bud Dale, Ph.D., J.D., Law Offices of Bud Dale, Topeka, Kansas

This presentation will review the DSM-5 classification of personality disorders including how to identify these issues and how people with different personality characteristics present in court and ADR settings. The presenter will explain ways for understanding these dynamics as reflections of the party’s identity or sense of self, as the lens through which a party views the world, and as necessary for emotional and self-regulation. Techniques for keeping the process child- and task-focused will be outlined and illustrated.

8:50 a.m. – Break

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Domestic Violence Safety Planning in the Post-Divorce Context (1 hour)

All too often one of the myriad of issues in high conflict families is domestic violence. Even when the parties have separated and the marriage has ended, the cycle of violence can continue. This presentation looks at ways to safety plan for the family to protect not only the survivor and children's physical safety but also the psychological well-being of the parties and children. The issue is examined from the perspective of a case manager, a victim's advocate and a mental health professional facilitating a batter's intervention program.

9:50 a.m. – Break

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Providing Ethical Representation in the ADR Setting (1 hour ethics CLE credit)

The presenter will analyze the Kansas Model Rules of Professional Conduct 2.3 (Counselor: Lawyer Serving as Third Party Neutral), 3.4 (Advocate: Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel), and 3.5 (Advocate: Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal) using disciplinary cases and the Kansas Bar Association Legal Ethics Opinion 95-10.

10:50 a.m. – Break

11:00-11:50 a.m.
What Its Like to be Parent Coordinated (1 hour)

  • Ronnie Beach, Conflict Resolution Services, Inc., Olathe, Kansas

This presentation will focus on how parents experience parenting coordination. The presenter will facilitate discussion with two parents who have received parenting coordination services, comparing the emotional demands of "being PC'ed" with stresses associated with case management and /or litigation. This presentation will also illustrate how to effectively use two parenting coordinators in the same case to resolve conflict in ways that benefit children and families.

11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Nightmare on Case Management Street (1 hour)

Case managers have a seemingly impossible task of helping parents make decisions that they cannot or will not make themselves. This session looks at challenges facing case managers, how those challenges potentially impact case managers, and ways to address such challenges to effectively provide assistance to families. What does successful case management look like? How does case management fit into the toolkit for high conflict parents?

1:50 p.m. – Break

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Update on Dispute Resolution and Case Management Rules (1 hour)

  • Larry Rute, Esq., Associates in Dispute Resolution, Topeka, Kansas
  • Dawn Rouse, Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Office of Judicial Administration, Topeka, Kansas

This presentation will provide an update on progress in developing court rules for domestic case management. In an effort to bring uniformity to how case management and other alternative dispute resolution interventions are used across the state, the Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution has promulgated potential rules for case managers. These rules distinguish case management from mediation, conciliation, and parenting coordination. These potential rules are expected for be released for public comment sometime in 2017.

2:50 p.m. – Break

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Parenting Plans for High Conflict Families (1 hour)

  • The Honorable Keven O'Grady, Division I, Johnson County District Court, Olathe, Kansas

Model parenting plans can work well for cooperative, committed parents. When the parties are engaged in a high conflict relationship, parenting plans need to be tailored to fit the family. A judge provides insights into what kinds of provisions help high conflict families stay out of court.

3:50 p.m. – Break

4:00-4:50 p.m.
Dealing with Allegations of Child Abuse: Investigation and Assessment (1 hour)

  • Rebecca Gerhardt, Staff Counsel, Kansas Department for Children and Families, Lawrence, Kansas

Case Managers are mandated reporters who are required to report acts of abuse or neglect under K.S.A. 38-2223. What should be reported and how? After a report is made, what happens? This session will cover how and when to make a report, as well as the investigation process and the three-tiered finding structure effective July 1, 2015.

4:50 p.m. – Adjourn

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Date / Location

Friday, December 8, 2017

Washburn University
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
Forum Room (lower level)
Parking: south and west of Bradbury.
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Registration Fee
  • $149

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See Washburn W-9 (taxpayer ID)

Program fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission and written materials.

Registration Deadline:
Registrations will be accepted until all seats are full. Attendees must pay the registration fee prior to start of the CLE.

Continuing Education Credit

• CLE Credit: 8 hours (includes 1.0 hour ethics)


If you cannot attend the program, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration at least two (2) business days prior to the seminar, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials. Please allow two weeks for delivery. The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs

Assistance for Special Needs:
If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

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