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April 13, 2017

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Boston Conference in May: Where Activists are Gathering

By: Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Chair of the Board, National Parents Organization

And Your Only Chance to Gather Latest Shared Parenting Info
From World’s Experts in One Place

If you are serious as a family court reform activist, the place to be on May 29-30 is at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston at a major conference sponsored by National Parents Organization and the International Council on Shared Parenting. Here you will get to know the leaders of many organizations in this movement, meet our PR staff, have opportunities to gather informally with other activists, and to form new friendships and alliances.

You will come home with new ideas, new inspiration, and new friends and allies.


If you are still in court yourself, nothing will equip you better for winning shared parenting than what you will learn in Boston. Better yet -- tell your lawyer to attend too if she/he is serious about representing you -- and they should not charge you for their education!

They should hear firsthand what William Fabricius has found about shared parenting for infants, and for high conflict families; William Bernet’s discoveries about how to disprove the charge that a child is alienated from you because you mistreated her; Vittorio Vezzetti’s research on whether there are actual changes in the brain chemistry of children who lose frequent contact with a loved parent; Edward’s Kruk’s findings on shared parenting and domestic violence, and much, much more.

In our “Legal Practica,” which occur each day both before and after the Scientific Sessions, distinguished family law attorneys from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire will offer four, two-hour question-and-answer sessions on the most common family law problems and how they actually play out in family court today. (See the Program below the Scientific Sessions for details.)

Sponsored by National Parents Organization together with the International Council on Shared Parenting, the official Conference Theme is:

Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in
Understanding Children’s Best Interest?

This conference will explore 40 years of research on how children fare in different post-divorce parenting arrangements. Research suggests that fully half of troubled children and adolescents derive from conflicted, separated and divorced families. The faculty will delve into the relationship between different types of post-divorce parenting arrangements and children’s subjective and objective outcomes, their attachment to parental figures, and specific issues such as age and developmental level of children, high conflict, domestic violence, and parental alienation. The conference offers the rare opportunity to interact with leading legal and mental health scholars from around the world on this important topic. The program will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and break-out workshops.

Faculty Highlights:

The distinguished faculty will be headlined by Michael Lamb, formerly head of the Section on Social and Emotional Development of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for 17 years, and now Professor of Psychology at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Prof. Lamb is the author of over 500 professional articles and the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s 2015 Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology.

Dr. Richard Warshak is the author of the widely known “Consensus Report” of 2014. The conclusions of this comprehensive literature review of children’s outcomes as related to post-divorce parenting plans were signed by 110 eminent authorities from around the world.

The research of Profs Malin Bergström of Sweden and Patrick Parkinson of Australia reflects the fact that shared parenting has been very common in both countries for almost a decade, thus reducing the research problem of selection bias.

Other distinguished faculty include Sanford Braver (U.S.), William Fabricius, (U.S.), Edward Kruk (Canada), Linda Nielsen (U.S.), Irwin Sandler (U.S.), Jean Zermatten (Switzerland, UN Commission on the Rights of the Child), Pamela Ludolph (U.S.), and about 40 other scholars from 18 countries ranging from China to the Middle East to Europe to North America. See the full program.

Come to where the action and the knowledge will be on May 29-30, 2017 in Boston. Register today. I’m looking forward to meeting you there!

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