The Early Identification and Streaming
of Cases of High Conflict Separation and Divorce: A Review

APPENDIX A:
LIST OF KEY CONTACTS

Invited and agreed to participate

  • Nicholas Bala
    Queen’s University, Faculty of Law
    Kingston, Ontario
    Recognized as one of Canada’s legal researchers in the area of high conflict divorce. Appeared before the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.

  • Robbie Behr
    Family Law Support Services, Saskatchewan Justice
    Saskatchewan Justice has conducted research about identification and streaming of high conflict families.

  • Sally Bleecker, MSW
    Ottawa, Ontario
    A family therapist in practice since 1975. She has conducted family assessments on a fee-for-service basis since 1990. Former coordinator of the Parent Child Supervised Access Program of Ottawa-Carleton.

  • Janet Claridge, MSW
    Ottawa, Ontario
    A therapist in practice since 1986, working with children and couples. Conducts family assessments for the Ontario Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

  • Rhonda Freeman, MSN
    Families in Transition
    Toronto, Ontario
    Director of a large program for high conflict divorced families and children. Appeared before the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.

  • Eric Hood
    Clark Institute of Psychiatry
    Hamilton, Ontario
    A Canadian researcher and clinician working with high conflict divorced families. Appeared before the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.

  • Lena Jones, MA, Psychologist
    Ottawa, Ontario
    A family therapist in private practice. Has conducted custody/access assessments on a fee-for-service basis since 1971.

  • Arthur Leonoff, Ph.D, Clinical Psychology
    Ottawa, Ontario
    In private practice with individuals, couples and families. Has conducted custody/access assessments on a fee-for-service basis for more than 20 years.

  • Lorraine Martin, MSW, and, Rachel Birnbaum
    Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ontario
    Coordinate legal services for children in high conflict families.

  • Susan Woolam, MSW
    Ottawa, Ontario
    In practice since 1985. Social worker with the Ottawa Board of Education; also therapist in private practice with families and children. Conducts family assessments for the Ontario Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Invited but declined or was unavailable to participate

  • Jack Arburthnot
    Recognized as a developer, innovator and researcher in the area of education programs for divorcing parents and children.

  • Howard Irving
    University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
    Toronto, Ontario
    Recognized as one of the developers and innovators of family mediation as an alternative system for dispute resolution. Has researched the immediate and long-term effects of mediation for high conflict families. Appeared before the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.

  • Janet R. Johnston
    Centre for Families in Transition
    Corte Medera, California
    Internationally recognized as one of the main researchers of the effects of divorce on children. Has written extensively on the effects of divorce on children and has developed a typology for identifying high conflict families.

  • Peter Jaffe
    London Family Court Clinic
    London, Ontario
    Internationally recognized for his research into domestic violence and specifically violence in high conflict custody disputes.

  • Gary Austin
    London Family Court Clinic
    London, Ontario
    Internationally recognized for his research into domestic violence and specifically violence in high conflict custody disputes. Appeared before the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.

  • John Dunne, Psychiatrist and Researcher
    Seattle, Washington
    A clinician and researcher who has researched the effects of new legislation and programs for divorced families in Washington State. Appeared before the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.

  • Rosalyn Goffman, Psychologist
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Appeared before the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access representing a group of mental health professionals who conduct family assessments.

  • Judith Wallerstein
    Centre for Families in Transition
    Corte Medera, California
    Internationally recognized as one of the main researchers of the effects of divorce on children. Has conducted a 5, 10, 15 and 25 year follow-up of children from divorced families.
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