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AFCC 2019 Fall Conference
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"For the love of Fluffy:
Transitional objects and high conflict divorce"

Friday 01 November, 2019 1:30-3:00 pm

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Garber, B.D. (2019). For the love of Fluffy:
Respecting, protecting, and empowering transitional objects  
in the context of high conflict divorce.
Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.
                                the Fluffy 2019 article in Journal of
                                Divorce and Remarriage here

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Read the FLUFFY case here  Read FLUFFY
Chomos v Hamilton, 2016 ONSC 5208

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Fasah, S. (2018), Pat‐Downs But No Hugs: Why Prison Visitation Protocol Should be Changed to Help Keep Familial Structures Intact. Family Court Review, 56: 135-149

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Himel, Andrea; Paulseth, Hon. Debra; & Cohen, Jessica (2016). 1‐800‐Skype‐me.

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How do you get refueled?
Compassion fatigue and burnout in family law

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Harrison, R. L., & Westwood, M. J. (2009). Preventing vicarious traumatization of mental health therapists: Identifying protective practices. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46(2), 203-219.

Hesse, A. R. (2002). Secondary trauma: How working with trauma survivors affects therapists. Clinical Social Work Journal, 30(3), 293-309.

Kapoulitsas, M., & Corcoran, T. (2015). Compassion fatigue and resilience: A qualitative analysis of social work practice. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 14(1), 86-101.

Negash, S., & Sahin, S. (2011). Compassion fatigue in marriage and family therapy: Implications for therapists and clients. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(1), 1-13.

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