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Creating Order from Disorder: Working with Parents Who Suffer from Personality Disorders, Mental Illness and/or Substance Abuse

New York City Bar Association

Blank Rome Partner Norman S. Heller, who serves as the administrative partner for the Firm’s New York office, will be speaking at the AFCC-NY and AAML’s co-presented event on “Creating Order from Disorder: Working with Parents Who Suffer from Personality Disorders, Mental Illness and/or Substance Abuse: An Overview from the Legal, Mental Health and Judicial Perspectives,” which will be held at the New York City Bar Association on Friday, November 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In his presentation, Mr. Heller will discuss cross-examining mental health forensic evaluators regarding parenting capacities when one or both parents suffer from these difficulties, as well as perform a mock cross-examination with a well-known psychologist. The application of AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluations will also be discussed and demonstrated.

Other speakers and topics include Philip Stahl, Ph.D., who will discuss dysfunctional behaviors and the distorted thinking of parents in high-conflict custody cases, and the impact on their children; The Hon. Matthew F. Cooper, Carol J. Weiss, M.D., and Cindy Feinberg, CPC., who will cover the use of alcohol/drug monitoring protocols and the role of the judiciary; Susan L. Bender, Esq., who will present on protecting children during the litigation as an attorney for the child or guardian ad litem; and Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D., who will discuss when intimate partner and family disputes go beyond coercion and control, encompassing emotional dysregulation.

This one-day event, presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) New York Chapter and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts New York Chapter (“AFCC-NY”), is eligible for CLE and CE credits. To learn more or register to attend, please visit http://afccny.org or http://ny.aaml.org/.