Month: March 2017

The AFCC Works to Resolve Family Conflict

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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
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Dr. Grace Graham is a licensed psychologist who provides professional counseling, evaluations, and consultations at Charis Counseling and Psychological Services in Plano, Texas. Dr. Grace Graham received her doctorate in clinical psychology from George Fox University in 1991 and is a member of several professional associations, including the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) is made up of educators, researchers, lawyers, counselors, judges, policy makers, and more who are committed to the resolving conflict within families. The AFCC’s multidisciplinary membership collaborates through task forces and projects to help solve ongoing challenges and issues in the domestic arena. AFCC members have spearheaded initiatives such as divorce education, child custody mediation, and parenting coordination.

Another AFCC initiative, the Task Force on Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence, was approved in 2016. The task force was formed to produce guidelines to help those who conduct child custody evaluations.

Specifically, the group focused on formulating standards for the identification of intimate partner violence, as well as any effects the violence may have on the children and on parenting. AFCC was joined by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in sponsoring the task force. The Battered Women’s Justice Project also consulted on the initiative.