Family Law - Vancouver Island Section Meeting | ONLINE ONLY 

Nov. 24, 2020

Veuillez notez, cet événement ne sera disponible qu'en anglais.

ONLINE MEETING: Third Party Professionals
This meeting is being hosted by the Family Law - Vancouver Island Section.

Speaker(s): Dr. Serena Patterson, R. Psych., Comox Valley
Joan Cotie, "211", "Views of the Child" and "Hear the Child Reports", Cobble Hill & Vancouver Island
Time: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm (PT)
CPD Hours: 1.00 hour

Third party professionals can be used 211 reports and family counseling during divorce proceedings. Speakers Dr. Serena Patterson, Comox Valley and Joan Cotie, from Cobble Hill (providing services throughout Vancouver Island) will lead a discussion on the work they do and tips and considerations/issues for family lawyers and their clients.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Serena Patterson, R. Psych. (Grunberg Patterson Centre for Counselling and Assessment)

Dr. Serena Patterson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 1992. From 1990 to 2010 she taught courses in Psychology, Human Development, and Social Justice at North Island College, while maintaining a private practice in counselling and assessment. Since 2011 she has been engaged in full-time private practice. In therapy, she works with couples, families, and individuals with a wide range of concerns, including mood disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders and PTSD, physical pain, trauma resulting from military service, accidents, illness, sexual or childhood abuse, and life transitions.

Dr. Patterson continues to build her skills with on-going professional development across therapeutic modalities of emotion focused therapy for couples, attachment based therapies for parents and children, cognitive–behavioural and psychodynamic therapies for traumatized adults.

Joan Cotie (211, Views of the Child and Hear the Child Reports) 

Joan is committed to working with clients to create dynamic, healthy relationships for families and organizations.  Joan’s work is multi-disciplinary. She is trained as a social worker, mediator and arbitrator with more than 40 years of experience. Joan is able to apply her skills and knowledge from these professions to build agreements that are unique and meet the needs of all clients. She believes that the parties self-determination and the creativity of people working together is the basis of conflict resolution.  Her approach is respectful, facilitative and flexible to the parties needs while working collaboratively toward mutually beneficial solutions. Read more about Joan here.

Territorial Acknowledgement
This event will be broadcast from the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada past and present.

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