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April 16 @ 8:30 am - 5:15 pm EDT



The purpose of the workshops is to create and sustain a partnership between the local court, local practitioners, and psychological and local resources to create trauma-informed family courts in each circuit.  The target audience will include judges and magistrates who hear domestic relations cases, family law attorneys, and court staff.  The goal of the event is to better serve Florida’s families and future by cultivating trauma-informed and trauma-responsive domestic relations courts.  This interactive workshop will address the impact of toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, resiliency, self-care technology, and guiding principles for family courts.

Summary Learning Objectives

  1. Create and sustain a partnership between the local Court, local practitioners, and psychological and local resources to create a trauma-informed family court.
  2. Explain how a trauma informed court can have a positive life-long effect on children.
  3. List three possible outcomes for children whose parents are in high conflict with each other
  4. Identify three sources of trauma and adverse childhood experiences of families (parents and children) that cause parents to enter into Florida’s family courts.
  5. Explain three ways resiliency can be used to help reduce trauma in families involved in Florida’s family courts.
  6. Identify three things that you (the participant) and three things that the family court system can start or stop doing to reduce trauma in the family court system

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8:30 AM9:00 AMWelcome & Introductions
9:00 AM9:45 AMOverview of Trauma
9:45 AM10:00 AMBreak & Mindful Minute
10:00 AM11:00 AMAdverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
11:00 AM12:00 PMToxic Stress & Trauma Responsive Courts
12:00 PM1:00 PMLunch & Mindful Minute
1:00 PM2:00 PMResiliency and Self-Care Technology
2:00 PM3:00 PMThe 10 C’s and the Guiding Principles
3:00 PM3:15 PMBreak & Mindful Minute
3:15 PM4:00 PMPlanning Session & Activities – Breakout by Profession
4:00 PM5:00 PMPlanning Session & Activities – Cross-Profession Breakout
5:00 PM5:15 PMClosing Remarks / Thank Yous / Surveys / Next Steps


CJE, CLE, and CEU applied for


Questions or interested in helping out?  Please contact:

Kristin Kirkner
Jamie Epstein


April 16
8:30 am - 5:15 pm EDT
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Judge Daniel T. Hurley Courthouse, West Palm Beach
205 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
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The business of the Family Law Section, whether informal or formal, shall not be recorded in any manner, through any medium, at any time by any participants without the prior written consent from the Section Chair. However, if you are a person with a disability who needs accommodations in order to participate in Section activities, you are entitled to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Family Law Section Chair at least seven (7) days before the event to request accommodations.