Lawyers and Psychologists: Opportunities for Collaboration in Dealing with Families in Distress

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 16:00
Name of Organization: 
Ontario Bar Association
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Live webcast

At the intersection of family law and psychology lies the opportunity for lawyers and psychologists to work collaboratively to minimize conflict as they assist families through separation and divorce. The OBA’s Family Law Section and the Ontario Psychological Association have partnered together to bring you this unique program, where you can join our expert faculty of judge, psychologist and lawyer, as they share their insights on how you can best serve your clients and their families through this difficult life stage.

Whether you are a family lawyer or a psychologist considering or currently practicing in the area of family separation, this program is for you. Gain the know-how to take advantage of the opportunities and navigate the challenges, including:

  • Exploring the psychologist’s role: from breaking the news to parenting plans to custody/access assessments and expert reports
  • Best practices for identifying appropriate interventions
  • Essential considerations in the scope of the retainer and qualification as an expert
  • From the Bench: What do judges look for in expert reports and testimony
  • Critical tools for managing domestic violence and other challenging issues

Helpful strategies to avoid and respond to complaints to your professional body


  • Dr. Jane Storrie, President, Ontario Psychological Association


  • The Honourable Victoria Starr, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Steven Benmor, Benmor Family Law Group and Chair, OBA Family Law Section
  • Dr. Helen Radovanovic, Psychologist, Family Solutions