2018 Annual Conference

Keynote Speaker: Michael Saini, Ph.D., M.S.W., R.S.W.


April 5, 2018: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
April 6, 2018: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tentative schedule and subject to change

Champions Run Golf Club, Omaha, NE


Michael A. Saini, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and holds the endowed Factor-Inwentash Chair in Law and Social Work. He is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. program and the Course Director of the 48-hour Foundations to Custody Evaluations. He is a Board Member of the Association of Family Conciliation and the Courts and an editorial board member for the Family Court Review and the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. He provides risk management consultation for working with families involved in high conflict child custody disputes, he leads parent groups for separated families, he provides parent coaching, and for the past 17 years, he has been conducting custody evaluations and assisting children's counsel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario. He has over 100 publications, including books, book chapters, government reports, systematic reviews and peer-reviewed journal articles. His publications have focused on access to justice, child custody disputes, interparental conflict, cultural dynamics of separated families, alienation, supervised visitation, virtual visitation, child protection services and parent competencies post separation and divorce.

Thursday, April 5: Maladaptive Adult Attachment Responses and High Conflict
(Saini, Michael. "Reconceptualizing High-Conflict Divorce as a Maladaptive Adult Attachment Response." Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 2012)

Friday, April 6: A Framework for Trauma-informed Mediation

An outline of the program, including learning objectives, will be available in the near future.