Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina - Event Information
Working with Family Law Attorneys for Better Client Outcomes
Continuing Education Opportunities
Most counselors will interface with the legal system at some point in their work with the public, even if they “don’t go to court”. This webinar will offer an overview of the various roles that family law attorneys and mental health professionals have within the court system and describe how to work effectively within that system from the perspective of both a court-involved therapist and a family law attorney. Participants will be able to identify alternate dispute resolution options for separating/divorcing families; will be able to identify three different roles an attorney or mental health practitioner might have in cases of separation/divorce; and will be able to identify five legal/ethical considerations that may arise in family law cases.
Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LCMHCS-Master's Level, founder and director of the Center for Creativity and Healing, PC is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (Master's level) and play/expressive arts therapist with over 27 years of counseling experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings including; private practice, residential facilities, schools, community agencies and partial hospitalization. Maria holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a concentration in creativity, learning and human development and her doctoral research focused on character/affective education. Maria also holds a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Maria holds a certificate in Child and Family Forensic Studies from William James College and is a certified Open Studio Process Facilitator. Additionally, she provides consultation and coaching for parents and co-parents and serves as a child specialist with the Charlotte Collaborative Divorce professionals.
Deborah Dilman completed her undergraduate degree in Business at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eighteen years later, she received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Deborah is a certified Family Financial Mediator registered with the NC Dispute Resolution Commission and is a certified Collaborative Law Attorney. Deborah works to maintain competence in her field, and considers herself a solutions-oriented attorney, working hard to resolve cases whether collaboratively or through mediation.