WA-AFCC Early Risers: Applying Attachment Theory and Science in Family Law
May 24, 2016, Applying Attachment Theory and Science in Family Law
Please join Mark Baumann J.D. and Michelle Unsworth, MA, to share and learn how attachment is or can be applied in family law cases. Participants will discuss attachment-related journal articles from AFCC’s journal, Family Court Review (FCR), share how Courts are utilizing attachment in parenting plans for young children and how attachment can be used in GAL and other parenting reports, and talk about the two attachment schools of thought. Time permitting, Mark will share his Conflict Model, an attachment-based (DMM school) model of personality functioning in conflict, specifically addressing patterns of information processing and self-protective strategies common in conflict situations. This is not an introduction to attachment, and while participants do not need to be attachment experts by any means, participants should have at least some level of knowledge of attachment concepts or be familiar with at least the two-part 2014 FCR article by McInstosh, Kline Pruett, and Kelly, Parental Separation and Overnight Care of Young Children. Participants will be provided copies of these articles as well as a functional worksheet based on these articles developed by Mark for assisting in parenting time decisions for young children.
Professionals from the legal, mental health, and parenting disciplines are all invited.
Date: May 24, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Location: Juno restaurant in the Arctic Club Hotel, at 700 3rd Avenue, Seattle, which is on the corner of 3rd and Cherry
Food/beverages: No host
Participant capacity: limited to 12 people
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Mark Baumann has practiced law for 28 years, and now focuses on family law litigation and mediation. He has a Graduate Credit Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology (equivalent of an LLM in client relation science) from Portland State University. Mark has studied attachment theory extensively in the last several years, and has training from the Family Relations Institute in conducting and coding the Preschool Attachment Assessment (PAA) and the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). Mark founded the Integrative Client Counseling Institute (ICCI) to promote counseling, litigation, and negotiation skills based on disciplines including neuroscience and attachment. Mark is a member of the WA-AFCC Board of Directors.
Michele Unsworth, MA, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Idaho Supreme Court approved child custody mediator (since 1998) recently relocated to Olympia. She served the Idaho Supreme Court (December 2006-June 2015) full time as Coordinator/Manager of Family Court Services for the Idaho Third Judicial District to provide research and education to family court judges to promote least intrusive and most effective alternative methods of dispute resolution, child development and parenting apart education and to assist families and courts with developmentally sensitive parenting schedules and other resources for families. Michele currently serves as educational, Parent Coordinator, and coaching consultant at Dana Doering Associates in Seattle. Michele is a member of the WA-AFCC Board of Directors.