International Commission on Couple and Family Relations
ICCFR

Conference 2021: Programme

COUPLE AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Draft programme

­The ICCFR conferences framework consist of three basic blocks:

1. Keynotes
2. Workshops and
3. Discussion Groups.

Other than Working groups, Discussion groups don’t have a given topic. They have open discussions just as they wish. Working groups explore one topic and usually have someone presenting an input.

The draft programme is updated regularly. For the workshops ICCFR published a call for work shop presenters, which is now being evaluated.

Friday, 22 October 2021

2.00 pm 5.00 pm: Registration of participants

5.00 pm 5.15 pm: Welcome note

5.15 pm 6.00 pm: Setting the scene

Keynote: John D. Casey, Chief Judge of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court
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HON. JOHN D. CASEY is the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Department. Previously, he was an Associate Justice and then First Justice of the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and was also an Associate Justice of the Essex Probate and Family Court. He served as a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2025 Transition Leadership Team, mentored new judges and served as a panelist on numerous events for the MBA, BBA, MCLE and local bar associations. In 2014, He received the Bar Association of Norfolk County Person of the Year Award. For 23 years, he was a partner in the Attleboro Law Firm of Casey and Thompson, P.C. where he specialized in family law and criminal defense. Hon. Casey co-teaches the MCLE Family Law Trial Advocacy program. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1982.

6.00 pm – 6.30 pm: Question and Answers / Discussion

7:00pm – 9:30 pm:  Welcome Reception and Dinner

 

Saturday, 23 October 2021

09 am – 09:30 am: Keynote:

Katharine Hill (UK), UK Director at Care for the Family
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Kathrine HillKatharine HILL (UK) is the UK Director at Care for the Family, a national charity which aims to strengthen family life and help families in difficulty. Katharine is an established speaker who has addressed thousands of people across the UK on marriage and parenting issues. She has written a number of books on family issues. She draws on her personal and professional knowledge in writing articles for newspapers and magazines, as well as in national and local broadcast interviews. Prior to joining Care for the Family in 2004, Katharine was a solicitor, specialising in family law. Her work centred on divorce, including custody and finance, care proceedings and other aspects of family breakdown. For a number of years, Katharine also ran a Legal Advice Centre in a socially deprived area of Bristol, which gave her a keen understanding of the legal and sociological issues surrounding marriage and family breakdown. Katharine has also served as a magistrate in Bristol. Katharine is married to Richard and they have four grown-up children.

09:30 am – 10 am: Question and Answers / Discussion

10 am  – 10:15 am: Coffee Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Discussion Groups

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Break
11:30 am – 01:00pm: Working Group Session 1

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01:00 pm – 02:00 pm:  Lunch

02:00pm – 02:30pm Keynote 3:

Antonello Scialdone (Italy)
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02:30 – 03:00 pm:  Question and Answers / Discussion

03:00pm – 03:30 pm: Break

03:30pm – 04:30 pm: Discussion Groups

04:30 pm: End of day 2

Evening Dinner on your own

Sunday, 24 October 2021

09:30 am – 11:00 am: Working Group Session 2

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11:00am – 11:15 am: Coffee break

11:15 am – 11:45 am: Closing discussion

11:45 am – 12:00 noon: Closing of main conference

12:00 – 01:00pm: Lunch on your own

01:00 pm – 05:00 pm: Meeting of ICCFR network
­Everybody invited interested in ICCFR work: ­ Next conference, future topics

Confirmed workshop presenters

  • Caroline Harnois (Quebec, Canada)
  • Stephanie Tabashneck, Psy.D., Esq
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    Dr. Stephanie Tabashneck is a psychologist and attorney in Wellesley, MA. Her practice areas include forensic psychological assessment, substance use issues, child custody, and criminal forensic evaluations. Dr. Tabashneck presents regionally and nationally on psychology and law topics, including at events organized by the American Bar Association, the Federal Judicial Center, the American Psychiatric Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Massachusetts Trial Courts, and the New York Office of Attorneys for Children. Dr. Tabashneck is a board member of the Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Recent publications include an article on the opioid crisis and family drug courts in the scholarly journal Family Law Quarterly (Spring 2019) and a chapter in the American Bar Association book Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers (2019).
  • Dr. Robert Simon (USA):  Impact of Covid on treatment professionals (working title)
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    Dr. Simon is a National Leader in Forensic Psychology Consulting, with over 30 years of experience in the legal domain of family law and domestic relations. Dr. Simon applies empowering, pragmatic, empirically driven and ethically integrated solutions. Dr. Simon is licensed as a Psychologist in California and Hawaii, and is available for consultation and speaking throughout North America and elsewhere.
  • Beverly Upton (USA): Domestic Violence — The Pandemic Inside The Pandemi
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    Beverly is the Executive Director of San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, a 17-member consortium of domestic violence organizations committed to effective direct services and public policy.She is a strong advocate working in collaboration with shelters, legal service providers and public policy agencies regarding sound integrated policies that close gaps and provide the best possible outcomes for battered women and their children. She is a founding co-chair of the San Francisco Family Violence Council and has presented the council’s work at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd session as a delegate joining an international audience.She has worked on numerous pieces of local, state and federal legislation.Beverly was honored to serve on the transition teams of both (then District Attorney)
    US Vice President, Kamala D. Harris and San Francisco Mayor, London Breed.With a background in business and design she joined the campaign for the human rights of garment workers in the 80’s. Before finding her “calling” in the movement to end domestic violence, Beverly worked with manufacturers in the US and India to formalize codes of conduct for garment producers.As a survivor of domestic violence she is honored to bring both her experience in the struggle for human rights and her commitment to ending family violence to the movement for social change.
  • Francesco Belletti/ Antonello Scialdone (Italy)
    Francesco Belletti is the Director of the International Centre for Family Studies (CISF) in Milan, a non-profit independent research centre on family relations and family policies. A sociologist, he graduated in Political Science from the University of Milan. From 1991/92 to 2005/06, he was Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, teaching courses for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. From 2009 until 2015, he was President of the National Forum of Family Associations, a network of family associations lobbying for better family policies in Italy. His main interests are related to social and family policies and welfare studies. He writes regularly in popular and scientific magazines and journals and reviews works on these topics.