9th Annual Case Management Training

Washburn University School of Law's Children and Family Law Center is hosting the 9th annual Case Management Training on August 13-14, 2015. This year's workshop, More Than Case Management: More Than a Recommendation!, emphasizes other approaches being developed and used by the courts. These additional interventions include traditional mediation, parenting coordination, and hybrid models such as conciliation and limited case management that pair evaluation and investigation with efforts at negotiation. In each of these approaches, professionals seek to maximize the autonomy of parents in determining what is in the best interests of their children. These approaches emphasize process at least as much as product because helping parents and children develop parenting plans is much more than simply making a recommendation!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

8:00 a.m. – Registration (Room 119)

8:30-9:20 a.m.
Improving Case Management – Bit by Bit (1 hour)

  • Bud Dale, Ph.D., J.D., Law Offices of Bud Dale, Topeka, Kansas

The Domestic Case Management statutes were not revised by the 2015 Kansas Legislature, but those pursuing improvements are hopeful next year will be the year for change. This past year, introduction of the bill led to productive discussions about training requirements specific to screening and addressing family violence (e.g., domestic violence, intimate partner violence). The goal of the improvements is to bring the statutes into line with best practices and Administrative Order No. 276 regarding the Domestic Case Management Guidelines of the Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution.

9:20 a.m. – Break

9:30-10:20 a.m.
The Impact of a Parental Request for Shared Residency on a Custody Case (1 hour)

A parental request for shared residency can significantly alter the dynamics and trajectory of a family law case. Shared residency requests can reflect numerous motives including wishes for maintaining strong and healthy relationships with two involved parents, efforts to preserve a sense of equality or fairness in the family system, or efforts to avoid paying child support. This session will address the history of shared residency in Kansas, current thinking about when these arrangements are appropriate and when they are not, and how attorneys and other professionals can handle inappropriate requests for shared residency.

10:20 a.m. – Break

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Helping Families Shift Gears on the Highway to Hell Through Parenting Coordination (1 hours)

The Parent Coordinator facilitates resolution of disputes, educates parents about children’s needs and, with prior approval of the parties and/or the court, provides direction within the scope of the court order or appointment contract. Parent Coordination combines assessment, education, case supervision, conflict management and sometimes decision-making functions to help those high-conflict parents who have demonstrated their longer-term inability or unwillingness to make parenting decisions on their own or comply with parenting agreements and orders. The Parenting Coordinator attempts to help those parents reduce their child-related conflicts and protect the children from the impact of that conflict. The presentation will discuss in depth how it works, why it fails and how to measure success.

11:20-12:10 p.m.
Interviewing Children in Child Custody Cases: Insights from Child Development and Linguistics (1 hour)

  • Bud Dale, Ph.D., J.D., Law Offices of Bud Dale, Topeka, Kansas

In this session, the presenter will outline a framework for organizing and preparing for child interviews in child custody cases. Preparing to interview a child requires an examination of the goals and scope of the interview and how these may vary in accordance with the age of the child, the dynamics of the case, and the context of the interview. This session will illustrate use of principles from child development and linguistics that can help professionals obtain accurate information and improve communications with children so the "child's voice" can be appropriately heard.

12:10-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

1:00-2:15 p.m.
Addicted! Sex, Parenting and Custody Determinations (1.5 hours)

  • Larry Swall, J.D., M.A.R.C.H. Inc., Liberty, Missouri
  • Lori Schwartz, Ph.D., CST, Counseling Psychologists LLC, Kansas City, Missouri

Courts must frequently address matters where questionable parenting behavior lies in the domain of sexuality. This panel will identify diagnostic considerations related to problematic sexual functioning, risks associated with sexualized behavior patterns, the impact they have on a parent’s functioning, and the potential impact on the child.

2:15 p.m. – Break

2:25-3:15 p.m.
The Mediation Half of Case Management (1 hour)

  • Larry Rute, Esq., Associates in Dispute Resolution, Topeka, Kansas

This session will focus on mediation techniques within case management. While many focus on the authority of the case manager to make recommendations when parents are unable to agree, most case managers facilitate parental agreements through mediation. In fact, the number of mediated agreements usually far exceeds those instances when case managers make recommendations to the Court. In this session, attendees will learn mediation strategies and techniques, including when mediation is preferred over making recommendations.

3:15 p.m. – Break

3:25-5:05 p.m.
Merging Ethics and Best Practices for Attorneys, Case Managers, and Parenting Coordinators (2 hours)

This session will review the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys to relevant statutory requirements and case law relating to case managers. The module will also include a review of the new Guidelines for Case Managers in Kansas (per the work of the Advisory Council on ADR), with an eye towards fostering best practices. The presentation will also include comparisons between the work of case managers and parenting coordinators as these pertain to the types of cases and referrals for these interventions.

5:05 p.m. – Adjourn

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Friday, August 14, 2015

8:00 a.m. – Registration (Room 119)

8:30-10:10 a.m.
Working with Victims and Families: Domestic Violence and Complex Family Law Cases (2 hours)

  • Jennifer Ananda, J.D., Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Topeka, Kansas

This session will provide attendees information on custody and parenting issues arising out of complex family law cases. Attendees will understand the impact domestic violence has on children and families involved in complex family law cases. They will also learn how to advocate for clients suffering a trauma response as a result of domestic violence. Finally, they will learn how domestic violence impacts the considerations a judge makes when determining custody and parenting time and how to create positive outcomes for victim clients while simultaneously creating systems change.

10:10 a.m. – Break

10:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
[Ananda session continues (hour 2)]

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Utility and Efficacy of Psychological Testing in Child Custody and CINC Cases: Questions and Answers (1 hour)

  • Lance Parker, Ph.D., The Parker Group, Wichita, Kansas
  • The Honorable Robb Rumsey, Sedgwick County District Court, Wichita, Kansas

Dr. Parker will present on the use of various psychological tests in child custody matters and will differentiate between different kinds of requests for evaluations. He will illustrate how the use of psycholegal questions focuses the evaluator on the information the court needs for decision-making. Judge Rumsey will address how courts use psychologists and other mental health professionals to gather information regarding mental health, substance abuse, and potential violence issues that is helpful in constructing a parenting plan that is in the best interests of children.

1:50 p.m. – Break

2:00-3:15 p.m.
Judge's Panel: The Search for Problem Solvers (1.5 hours)

  • The Honorable Keven O'Grady, Johnson County District Court, Olathe, Kansas
  • The Honorable Gunnar Sundby, Leavenworth County District Court, Leavenworth, Kansas
  • The Honorable Robb Rumsey, Sedgwick County District Court, Wichita, Kansas

The panel will review of the kinds of cases that get referred into case management and other dispute resolution interventions, including mediation, conciliation, limited case management, and parenting coordination. Each judge will share their perspectives on these interventions, as well as the benefits and problems that accompany using each approach. The panel will address how they handle important aspects of the judge-dispute resolution professional relationship AND will answer concerns and questions from the attendees.

3:15 p.m. – Adjourn

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Dates / Location

Thursday, August 13, 2015 and
Friday, August 14, 2015

Washburn University
School of Law, Room 120
Parking: north, south and east of the law school.
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Registration Fee

Paid by August 1, 2015
» $200 both full days
» $150 Thursday only
» $150 Friday only

Paid After August 1, 2015
» $250 both full days
» $200 Thursday only
» $200 Friday only
See registration form.
See Washburn W-9 (taxpayer ID)

Program fee includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission and written materials.

Registration Deadline:
Registrations will be accepted until all seats are full. Attendees must pay the registration fee prior to start of the CLE.

Continuing Education Credit

• CLE Credit:
   8/13 – 8 hours (includes 2.0 hours ethics)
   8/14 – 6.5 hours
• CE Credits:
   8/13 – 3.3 hours a.m.; 3.8 hours p.m.
   8/14 – 3.3 hours a.m.; 2.1 hours p.m.
   Both days: 12.5 total
• CME Credits:
   15 hours total for both days


If you cannot attend the program, you may send a substitute. If you cancel your registration at least two (2) business days prior to the seminar, your registration fee will be refunded. After that date, non-attending registrants will receive the course materials. Please allow two weeks for delivery. The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this seminar and return all fees.

Assistance for Special Needs

Assistance for Special Needs:
If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

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