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Elected President of the International Council on Shared Parenting, 2014.

Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding research and service contributions in regard to the best interests of children of divorce, 2013.

 

Recent Presentations

"From the Failure of the Family Court to Equal Shared Parenting: Moving Beyond the Gender Paradigm," Presentation to the Canadian Centre for Equality, Toronto, March, 2014.

 

“Shared Parenting in Canada,”  Presentation to the International Platform for Shared Parenting, Bonn, August, 2013.


"The Equal Parenting Presumption," Presentation at the Leading Women for Shared Parenting fundraiser, Toronto, June, 2013.

 

"The Benefits of Co-Parenting for Children, Fathers and Mothers,"  Fathers and Families Coalition of America annual conference, San Francisco, February, 2013.

 

"From partners to co-parents: How shared parenting can contribute to post-separation family well-being," Institute of Family Therapy, London, July, 2012.

 

"Timeless attachments: Review of the research on shared residential parenting and policy implications," 49th annual conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Chicago, June, 2012.

 

"Shared parental responsibility and shared residence after separation and divorce: A four-pillar approach," Research Network on Shared Residence, Centre for Biomedical Ethics / Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, June, 2011.

 

"The lived experiences of noncustodial parents in Canada: A comparison of mothers and fathers," Senator Cools Roundtable and Symposium on Family Dynamics, Senate of Canada, Ottawa, May, 2011.

 

"What is 'Normal' in Custody and Access: Should There Be Presumptions?," Paper presented at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Ontario Chapter) Second Annual Conference, Toronto, October, 2010.

 

“Family Mediation as Facilitating Shared Parental Responsibility: A Child-Centred Approach,” Workshop presented to the Interdisciplinair Project voor de Optimalisatie van Scheidingstrajecten (IPOS), University of Ghent and the Catholic University of Leuven, Ghent, March, 2010.

 

“Family Conflict Resolution in the Divorce Transition: Overlooked Considerations,” Presentation to the Colloquium: Scheiden anders bekeken, Interdisciplinair Project voor de Optimalisatie van Scheidingstrajecten (IPOS), University of Ghent and the Catholic University of Leuven, Flanders Parliament, Brussels, March, 2010.

“Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Involvement After Separation and Divorce,” Workshops sponsored by the Fatherhood Involvement Research Alliance, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops, Vernon, Nanaimo, October-December, 2009.

“A Comparison of Outcomes and Experiences of Non-custodial Mothers and Fathers: Implications for Socio-legal Policy,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, Carleton University, Ottawa, May, 2009.

“Child Custody Determination: Similarities and Dissimilarities Between Non-resident Mothers and Fathers,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association, Carleton University, Ottawa, May, 2009.

 

“Paternal Responsibility and Parenting After Divorce: The Search for a Just and Equitable Approach to Child Custody Determination,” Paper presented at the Fatherhood Involvement Research Conference, Toronto, October, 2008.

 

“Children’s Needs and Paternal Responsibilities: An Empirical Investigation of the Experiences of Separated and Divorced Fathers in Canada,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June, 2008.

 

“Non-custodial mothers’ lived experiences: Implications for social policy,” Paper presented at the Community-University Exposition 2008, The University of Victoria, Victoria, May, 2008.

 

“The disappearance/ disengagement of parents from the lives of children in Canada: The cumulative effects of current child care, child protection, and child custody policies,” Paper presented at the Family Studies Symposium, “The End of Children?: Fertility and Childhood in Flux,” The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May, 2007.

 

“Shared Parenting: A Needs- and Responsibility-Based Approach to Divorce Law Reform,” Paper presented at the Child and Youth Rights Conference, Brock University, St. Catherines, July, 2006.

 

“The Spiritual Transformation of Social (Justice) Work: A Charter of Social Responsibilities Corresponding to Vital Human Needs,” Paper presented at the First North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, Waterloo, May, 2006.

 

“Child Custody, Access and Parental Responsibility: The Search for a Just and Equitable Standard,” Paper presented at the Fatherhood Involvement Research Alliance Symposium, Toronto, May, 2006.

“Discerning and Transforming Spiritual Trauma: A Harm Reduction-based Approach to Social (Justice) Work,” Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Canadian Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, London, May, 2005.

“The Development of a Women’s Addiction Treatment Facility from the Perspective of Hard Drug Users in British Columbia,” Workshop presented at the Let’s Talk About Addictions Conference, Kamloops, February, 2005.

 

“Men in Families: The Canadian Fatherhood Involvement Research Initiative,” Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Vancouver, November, 2003.

 

"'Share the Care': A New Option in Divorce and Child Protection Mediation," Workshop presented at the annual conference of Family Mediation Canada, Banff, October, 2003.

 

“Shared Parenting, Child Support, Custody and Access,” Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ottawa, May, 2003.

 

“Emergent Models of Child Custody Determination: The Harm Reduction Formula,” Invited Paper, Annual Conference of the Conflict Resolution Network and Family Mediation Canada, Charlottetown, June, 2002.

 

“Working in the Present: Reflections on the Spiritual and Moral Purposes of Mediation in the Context of Past Trauma and Future Fears,” Workshop presented at the annual conference of Family Mediation Canada, Hull, October, 2000.

 

“Compassion for the AfflictedAn Impossibility?,” Paper presentation, “Learning Love” Conference, Vancouver, May, 2000.

 

“Breaking Impasses in Divorce Mediation: Using the Child’s Voice to Facilitate Agreement,” Workshop presented at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference, Vancouver, June, 1999.

 

“Fathers and Divorce: Challenges and Opportunities for Family Mediators,” Workshop presentation at the Annual Conference of Family Mediation Manitoba, Winnipeg, May, 1999.

 

“Facilitating the Development of Parenting Plans: A New Direction for Divorce Mediation,” Workshop presented at the Mediation Development Association of British Columbia Regional Conference, Vancouver, May, 1998.

 

“Deconstructing Professional Practice in Divorce: An Examination of Family Mediators’ Working Methods via the ‘Simulated Client’ Method,” Paper presented at the Joint Meetings of the Law and Society Association and Research Committee on the Sociology of Law of the International Sociological Association, Glasgow, July, 1996.

 

"Working Methods of Canadian Family Mediators: Implications for Practice." Paper presented at the 9th Annual National Conference of Family Mediation Canada, Victoria, October, 1995.

 

"Cultural Competence in Family Mediation: Diversity with a Difference." Institute presented at the 9th Annual National Conference of Family Mediation Canada, Victoria, October, 1995.

 

"Absent Fathers and Deadbeat Dads: A Cross-National Analysis of Paternal Disengagement," Paper presented at the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology meetings, Learned Societies Conference, 30th Annual Meeting, Montreal, June, 1995.

 

"Gender Issues in the Resolution of Custody and Visitation Issues," Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Montreal, May, 1995.

 

"Separation conjugale et maintain des liens parentaux." Presentation at the conference of the Centre de recherche sur les services communautaires, "Transitions familiales: Conjugalite, parentalite," Quebec City, November, 1994.

 

"Competing Approaches to Intervention with Families and Communities in Conflict: A Review of Mainstream and Emergent Models of Mediation in the Context of Diversity." Paper presented at the 6th Family Therapy World Conference, Budapest, August, 1994.

 

"Mediation of Access, Custody, and Guardianship in Parent-Grandparent Disputes." Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Maui, May, 1994.

 

"Considering the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship in Divorce: A Case for a Multigenerational Approach to Family Mediation." Paper presented at the 7th Annual National Conference of Family Mediation Canada, Banff, October, 1993.

 

"Empowerment in Therapeutic Family Mediation: Incorporating Feminist Critiques in Negotiating Post-Divorce Parenting." Paper presented at the 17th Western Canadian Conference on Family Practice, Vancouver, May, 1993.

 

"Allies in Healing: Empowering Partners of Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse." Paper presented at the 17th Western Canadian Conference on Family Practice, Vancouver, May, 1993.

 

"Poverty Profiles of Divorced Families in Canada: Implications for Family Law Reform and Income Security Policy." Paper presented at the "Emerging Research on the Economic Impact of Divorce" Panel, the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, New Orleans, May, 1993.

 

"Beginning Skills in Family Mediation." Workshop presented at the 16th Western Canadian Conference on Family Practice, Vancouver, June, 1992.

 

"Creative Approaches to Family Mediation." Forum presented at the 16th Western Canadian Conference on Family Practice, Vancouver, June, 1992.

 

"Family Mediation and Multicultural Reality: Implications for Practice, Policy, and Research." Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Annual Conference, Learned Societies Conference, Charlottetown, June, 1992.

 

"The Impact of Divorce on Fathers: Research Implications for Family Practice and Divorce Mediation." Paper presented at the 6th International Congress on Family Therapy, Jerusalem, April, 1992.

 

"Facilitating Shared Parenting After Divorce." Paper presented at the 6th International Congress on Family Therapy, Jerusalem, March, 1992.

 

"Myths and Assumptions: Maintenance and the Absent Parent." Paper presented at the Conference of the Mediation Development Association of British Columbia and the Mediation Lawyers Group, Vancouver, February, 1992.

 

"Changing Roles of Grandparents After Adult Children Divorce." Paper presented at the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Victoria, October, 1990.

 

"The 'Disengaged' Noncustodial Father: Research Implications for Family Practice." Paper presented at the 14th Western Canadian Conference on Family Practice, Vancouver, June, 1990.