Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices

                                                                                       33rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

                                                                                             OCTOBER 25-27, 2017

                                                                                    (Registration form is at the end)
 

Thank you for joining the Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices for its 33rd Annual Conference.  We are so happy you are here!  Through open discussion and the meaningful exchange of information and ideas, the Conference will expand and strengthen your knowledge, skills and techniques to better assist families.

Registration

Your registration fee includes admission to all sessions and special events.  Please visit the registration table if you have any questions or need assistance.

Accommodations

The DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso TX 79901.

Parking

Self parking is free for conference attendees.  24 hour complimentary airport shuttle service provided by DoubleTree.  The DoubleTree shuttle is also available for use within a 3 mile radius of the hotel.

Conference Social

Wednesday evening, October 25, 2017, dinner will be at El Paso’s Andale Restaurant. Transportation will be provided. The bus leaves at 6:30P.M. and returns at 9:30P.M.

Conference Luncheon

Thursday, October 26, 2017.  The luncheon is included with your registration fee.  

Breakfast

Breakfast burritos, coffee and assorted juices.

Morning break

Assorted pastries, Danish, bagels with whipped cream cheese and fruit preserves.

Lunch

Southwest Steak and Chicken – Fresh seasonal greens and lettuce with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, pan seared chicken breast topped with avocado cream sauce, grilled flank iron steak with portabella mushrooms, demi glaze, vegetable medley, roasted garlic green chile whipped potatoes and dinner rolls.


Entertainment provided by Mariachi Paso Del Norte.
 
Afternoon break

Chile con Queso and Salsa with warm tostadas.

Reception Appetizer

Bruschetta ripe tomato, roasted garlic, and fresh basil with grilled ciabatta toasts

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (General Session; Franklin Ballroom)

11:30 – 4:30 p.m.    Registration (Franklin Ballroom)

12:15– 12:30 p.m.    Opening Remarks & Announcements

    Judith Branham, President TADRO

    Director, El Paso County DRO, El Paso

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.    Welcome Address

    Commissioner Carlos Leon

    El Paso County Commissioner, Precinct 1

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.    Roll Call and Domestic Relations Offices Update

    Directors, Domestic Relations Offices of: Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Bend, Harris, Lubbock, Tarrant, Taylor, Travis and

    Wharton Counties

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.    “Between Two Homes: A Family Focused Perspective”

    Bradley Craig, LMSW-IPR, CFLE


2:45 – 3:00 p.m.    BREAK

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.    “Between Two Homes: A Family Focused Perspective”

    Bradley Craig, LMSW-IPR, CFLE*

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.    Board Meeting (Discovery)

5:30 p.m.    ADJOURN

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.    Reception (Sunset Terrace)

    Appetizers and Cash Bar

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.        Conference Social  - Celebration of Steve Musil’s Career

        Andale Restaurant - 9201 Gateway Blvd W., El Paso, TX 79925

        Meet for bus in front of Hotel by 6:30 P.M.

Thursday, October 26, 2017   (Break Out Sessions – Salon I & Salon II)

 7:30 – 8:30     Breakfast

8:00 – 12:00 noon    Late Registration (Franklin Ballroom)

TRACK ONE (A.M.) – FAMILY TOPICS (Salon II)

8:30 – 9:15    Ethics during Mediations  

     Attorney Jose Rocha, Rocha Grenier & Associates, PLLC

9:15 – 10:00    CPS Court

     Judge Yahara Gutierrez, 65th District Court

10:00 – 10:15     BREAK

10:15 – 11:00    Can Facilitation be Effective in Protective Order Situations

     Judge Joe Gonzalez, Domestic Violence Court

11:00 – 11:50    Same Sex Parents and Separation

     Attorney Kristina Voorhies-Legan

TRACK TWO (A.M.) – CHILD SUPPORT (Salon I)

8:30 – 9:15    Legislative Updates

     Judge Laura Strathmann, 388th District Judge

9:15 – 10:00    Energized, Professional Performance: A Must for Positive DRO Program Outcomes

        Scott Bloom, Travis County Domestic Relations Office

10:00 – 10:15    BREAK

10:15 – 11:00    Roundtable CSRPS & Reducing Child Support to Zero

     Travis County leading discussion

11:00 – 11:50    Domestic Violence Impacts on Child Support & Parenting Time

Krista DelGallo, Texas Council on Family Violence

12:00 – 1:30    LUNCH - Mariachi Paso Del Norte

TRACK ONE (P.M.) FAMILY TOPICS


1:30 – 2:15   Pro Bono Services

     Adriana Leal, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

2:15 – 3:00    Teenage Reunification with Parent

     Annalisa Frej-Flores, MSW, LMSW, El Paso County DRO

 3:00 – 3:15    BREAK

3:15 – 4:00    Roundtable Supervised Visits and Exchanges

     Bexar County leading discussion

4:00 – 5:00    Roundtable on Correction of Bad Orders

     Tarrant County leading discussion

TRACK TWO (P.M.) CHILD SUPPORT

 1:30 – 2:15    Roundtable Self Represented Litigants in Family Courts

      Lubbock County leading discussion

2:15 – 3:00    OAG Field Operations Update

     Myra Sines & Joel Rogers, Office of the Attorney General

3:00-3:15    BREAK

3:15- 4:00    OAG Field Operations Update, Continued

     Myra Sines & Joel Rogers, Office of the Attorney General


4:00 – 5:00    Roundtable on Community Supervision Unit

     Harris County leading discussion

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (Discovery)

 8:30 – 11:50    Access and Possession Track for IV-D Cases

        William Minor, Grant Manager, Office of the Attorney General

12:00 – 1:30    LUNCH

1:30 – 5:00    Access and Possession Track for IV-D Cases

        William Minor, Grant Manager, Office of the Attorney General

Friday, October 27, 2017   (Break Out Sessions – Salon I & Salon II)

7:30 – 8:30     Breakfast

8:00 – 12:00    General Session

8:30 – 9:45    Conflict Management

     Candyce Berger, University of Texas at El Paso

9:45 – 10:00    BREAK

10:00 – 11:00    Bankruptcy

     Cheryl Davis, Law Office of Cheryl S. Davis P.C,

11:00        Adjourn


​*Featuring:

BRADLEY CRAIG, LMSW-IPR, CFLE received his Master's Degree in Social Work at UTA and is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Family Life Educator. He is a noted co-parent educator in the North Texas area, and has developed a number of parent education programs for families raising children in two homes. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas in Arlington. He began specializing in working with families raising children between two homes in 1992 when he was hired by Tarrant County to conduct social study investigations and provide mediation sessions. He helped them design an orientation for litigating families offered by the county. 

In 1998, he developed the Children in the Middle Co-parenting Education class. Brad left the County in 1999 to open up a program called Children in the Middle Co-parenting Services, Inc., a comprehensive agency designed to help adults raise children between two homes. In addition, he began offering consultation sessions where he would meet with couples and their significant others to develop a shared parenting plan. Children in the Middle Co-parenting Services, Inc. was closed in December of 2003 when Brad was hired to develop and maintain a co-parenting program with a social service organization. He is currently in private practice and contracts with organizations to provide services to families.

As a social worker and family life educator, Brad is a trained family law mediator and provides family law mediation training currently with other organizations. In addition, he offers training for other professionals to structure approaches to help these children being raised between two homes. He works with divorcing families and those with continuing custody/parenting time issues as a Family Mediator, Collaborative Law Allied Professional, Co-parenting Case Manager, Co-parenting Coach, Educator, Parenting Facilitator, and Parenting Coordinator. Along with Aaron Robb, Ph.D., Brad has trained many parenting facilitators in Texas through their parenting facilitation training program. He has also copresented with Ann Marie Termini, coauthor of "The Psychotherapist As Parent Coordinator in High-Conflict Divorce: Strategies and Techniques."

Brad is the author of Between Two Homes: A Coparenting Handbook and has written curriculum for co-parent education programs and has developed educational videos. He has been a guest speaker on many television and radio programs and is often asked to speak at local, state and national conferences on co-parenting issues. He hosted an ongoing cable television series "The Children in the Middle Show," aimed at educating viewers about both the effects of parental conflict after a separation on children and the services available to help families through co-parenting issues.

                                                                                                 REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION FEE: includes Wednesday evening social and Thursday luncheon (does NOT include hotel cost or meals except where indicated): Please register by completing the form below and returning it as indicated.

Please check only one:

___TADRO members $200.00 (includes TADRO membership dues)

___Non-TADRO members $200.00

DoubleTree Hotel El Paso Downtown/City Center

600 N. El Paso Street, El Paso, Texas 79901

915-532-8733

$95 (plus applicable taxes) per night; single and double occupancy are the same rate.  NOT included in registration fee.  Pay separately directly to the hotel.

When making your reservation, please state that you are with the Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices.

Name:____________________________________________________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________________________________

Organization:______________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-mail address:__________________________________________________________________________________

Anything else we need to know?____________________________________________________________________________________

Please send this completed form and your check, made payable to TADRO, to:

Connie Moreno
El Paso County Domestic Relations Office
500 E. San Antonio Ave, LL 108
El Paso, Texas 79901
 

CANCELLATION POLICY: TELEPHONE CANCELLATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Written notice of cancellation must be e-mailed to Connie Moreno at CoMoreno@epcounty.com on or before 5:00 p.m. October 6, 2017 to receive a refund. Cancellations sent after 5:00 P.M. MST on October 6, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund.

 




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