Professionalize your Passion, the theme for this year, aims to inspire engaging dialogue and debate around the many intersecting topics related to the passion we bring to our work and the efforts to professionalize our field.
The purpose of Family Section is to offer members specialized value and opportunities in Family specific content or practice area through networking opportunities, professional development opportunities, leadership opportunities, and member services. An important function of the Sections is to provide members with timely information about professional development opportunities in the practice area.
The Family Section provides leadership, training and mentoring to members; identifies and sets standards for best practices in the field of family mediation; provides networking and communications opportunities for members; and provides conflict resolution services in all aspects of family concerns, from adoption, divorce, family and custody disputes to co-habitation and dissolution of civil union disputes.
Dear ACR Family Section Members:
I am excited to see the re-emergence of the ACR Family Section Newsletter. The format is different and the delivery system has been updated but you will find the same high-quality articles and information that was present in past newsletters. The Family Section has its roots in the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM), one of the three organizations that came together to form ACR. Practitioners in the Family Section handle a wide range of issues including adoption, blended families, paternity, prenuptial agreements, pre-separation, property division, child support, parenting plans, post-divorce modifications, and the list goes on. If you have clients who are dealing with issues that affect the family, you want to be a member of this section. The cost to join this or any of the other 12 sections is included in your membership and enrollment can be done on-line through your member account.
Becoming involved in a section is the best way to get the most out of your ACR membership and there are numerous ways to do this. There are leadership opportunities, presenting or organizing webinars, assisting with the section website as a webmaster or content contributor.
The Advanced Practitioner (AP) Member Designation is another way to enhance your professional enhancement. One of three programs, this member designation is for those practitioners who have reached a high degree of skill and experience over many years. There is also the Academy of Advanced Practitioner Membership Designation which allows members to customize their designation to match a particular area of practice.
Cheryl Jamison, Executive Director
Re-Launch of the Section Quarterly Newsletter