Families, Family Breakdown and the Law

A competency training for counselling therapists on navigating the family law environment.

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At some point, every counsellor will work with a client who is navigating a separation or divorce.

When this happens, the counsellor is motivated to do their best to support their clients through this hard time. However, the complexities of working with a family during breakdown have far reaching effects that can seriously impact the children involved, and which hold consequential repercussions for the counsellor if they are not prepared to work within the legal system.

A strong background working with families through breakdown is not enough to ensure that a counsellor is ready to work within the family law environment.

As a result, many well-intentioned counsellors end up with complaints against them to their regulating bodies.

What you will learn: 

This 2-day, in-person training will assist counsellors in understanding the intricacies of working in the family law arena, how to confidently work with families in breakdown who are engaged in the legal process and how best to prepare yourself in the event of a complaint.

About the Presenters: 


BCACC brought together Clinical Director, Child & Family Therapist and Divorce Specialist Alyson Jones, MA RCC and award-winning Family Law Arbitrator, Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, John-Paul E. Boyd, KC, AOCA MA LLB for two robust days of training.

John-Paul E. Boyd KC, AOCA MA LLB

Award-winning Family Arbitrator, Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator.

John-Paul E. Boyd, QC is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia, and counsel to the Calgary family law firm Wise Scheible Barkauskas.

John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before taking a position as the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, at the University of Calgary, in 2013. He returned to private practice, providing services throughout Alberta and British Columbia, in 2018 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019.

Alyson Jones, MA RCC

Clinical Director at Alyson Jones & Associates where she leads a team of therapists that specialize in separation and divorce issues.

She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Child and Family Therapist, Parenting Coordinator, Mediator, Divorce Coach, Author and Educator with over 30 years’ experience.

She developed the Family Forward Reunification Program (FFRP) which assists families in navigating through parent child contact problems and highly complex family issues.  She also spearheaded the Specialized Services Program which services high conflict families who are going through family transitions.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 5 Topics
  • Course Certificate