Mental health issues in children pose enormous challenges to the children themselves, as well as to their families and other persons in their lives. This session will delve into this complex issue from both a mental health perspective and a family law perspective, presented by experienced professionals from both disciplines.
Topics to be covered include:
- Prevalent mental health issues and diagnoses in children
- The roles, work, and limitations of different mental health professionals
- Presentation and diagnosis
- Treatment options and prognoses
- The impacts of children's mental health issues on family dynamics
- Specific challenges of mental health professionals working with children, including parental consent, patient confidentiality, and disclosure obligations
- Availability and challenges of finding services for low-income families
- Best practices for formulating parenting plans
- Financial impacts of children's mental health issues on family law matters, including section 7 expenses and spousal support
- Parental involvement in treatment, parental resistance, and parental conflict
- Involvement of the treating professional in the family law matter: the good, the bad, and the ugly
About the Speakers:
Dr. Deborah Bell
Dr. Deborah Bell is a registered psychologist who has specialized in empowering children and parents for over 20 years. She has a background working with children and adults who have histories of abuse and trauma. Deborah has supported families of divorce at all stages—pre-divorce education, adjustment, high conflict, post-divorce healing. Deborah has extensive training in play therapy and attachment-based therapy approaches and has been part of the development and implementation of programs designed to support children living with the effects of intergenerational trauma. Deborah enjoys sharing her love of the spirit of children and attachment-based parenting through providing workshops and presentations. She is an experienced and energetic presenter and presents to parents and professionals both locally and internationally.
Fiona Beveridge has over 15 years of experience as a family lawyer in Vancouver. Her practice focuses on out-of-court settlement, including Collaborative Family Law, Mediation, and out-of-court negotiation. Fiona is a certified Parenting Coordinator and assists divorced or separated parents with communication, consensus-building, and decision-making around parenting issues. With extensive experience in child protection, Fiona acts as counsel for parents dealing with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and for children in the care of MCFD. She is a member of the BC Collaborative Roster Society, BC Parenting Coordination Roster Society board of directors, and is on the BC Hear the Child Society’s roster.
Jamila Nazerali Hilborn
Jamila Nazerali Hilborn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling. She is a Child Specialist and Divorce/Co-Parenting Coach. She is a member of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver and the BC Collaborative Roster Society. She is also the founder of Hilborn Psychotherapy which is located in North Vancouver and Vancouver and focuses on providing counselling services to children, youth and families. Much of her psychotherapy practice is rooted in separation/divorce, family blending, parenting skills, gender transitioning, disordered eating, and learning differences.