The Practice and Legal Aspects in Working with Families in Transition

[:en]OPQ Accredited RA01818-16 – 6 CE hours

This seminar addresses the needs of psychotherapists and other mental health professionals working with parents and their children experiencing family transition such a separation divorced and re-marriage. In particular, this seminar will provide the legal and clinical aspects of family law and code of civil procedure that frame our work with these families.
Each year in Quebec, there are thousands of families that are implicated in separation and divorce proceedings involving children and adolescents. The dererious effects of marital and partnership break-up are well documented and can include financial hardships, loss of social and family support, social isolation, legal entanglements and a myriad of psychological problems that hinder normal functioning. In these difficult times, parental capacities and competence are usually diminished resulting in higher levels of signalments to Youth Protection services. In some instances, conflict between co-parents is so acute that it seriously impedes and undermines any effort by them to effectively communicate with each other and implement parenting plans or legal judgments without constantly resorting to expensive litigations before the courts.
Psychotherapists and mental health professionals working with these families in transition are often faced with practice issues that demand certain knowledge of both the law and code of procedures that are determinant of successful and effective service delivery.
In working with these families during the period of transition, professionals need to be better equiped with an adequate understanding of the legal context (laws on divorce, civil code of Quebec, code of civil procedures) in which these families find themselves and the various services as available to them (counselling therapy, co-parenting, family mediation, assisted parent-child access).
This seminar is intented for various mental health practionners (psychotherapists, couple and family therapists and counsellors/coaches) that work with parents, families and their children going through adjustment related to separation, divorce and re-marriage.


Dominic D’Abate, travailleur social , Julie E. Kidd, avocate et Maria Luisa Alejos, psychologue

Dominic A. D’Abate, Ph.D., is a professional social worker, parenting coordinator and accredited family mediator who is director of the Consensus. Mediation Centre in Montreal.
Julie E. Kidd, is a lawyer apecializing in family law and member of Barreau du Québec. She is also a trainer and parenting coordinator.
Maria Luisa Alejos D.Ps. Clinical psychologist with many years of experience working with families.


  1. Cite and define those laws and regulations that effect service delivery to families, parents and their children with regards to adjustment to separation, divorce and re-marriage.
  2. Identify and become familiar with the legislation, jurisprudence and regulations that impact on family life as well as the special provisions in the Divorce Act, Civil Code of Quebec that can be of benefit to families, parents and their children.
  3. Help families, parents and children to interpret, prioritize and suggest how to make use of those services that best meet their particular needs.


9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Argyle Institute / Institut Argyle
4150 Sainte Catherine W.
Westmount, QC H3Z2Y5
(514) 931-562

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