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Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators
                                                                             Celebrating our 25th Year

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MCAFM meets the last Tuesday of each month (except in summer) at the Bluewater Grill, 1720 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85016 from 11:45 a.m - 1:15 p.m.  Registration begins at  11:30 a.m.
There is networking, information exchange, a business meeting and a program with continuing education certificates. 

Cost:  Members with RSVP by noon Friday before the meeting --$25
          Walk-in Members, Non-Members and Guests -- $30





There will be NO regular MCAFM meeting in September
Click "Events" Tab and "Sept Ethics Workshop" for Information & RSVP

PROGRAM TOPICParental Alienation (Part 1):  Understanding its etiology and complexity.  Judith Lewis-Thome will provide an overview of the history of parental alienation and the conditions that are typically present for it to develop.  She will also share a detailed description of the current state of research regarding the complexity of this family dynamic. 

Parental Alienation (Part 2) on 11/26/19:  Identifying Effective Mental Health and Legal Responses.  Judith will discuss the importance of early mental health intervention and legal/judicial responses.  She also will describe how mediation can be an effective technique in de-escalating conflict, untangling unhealthy family dynamics and promoting more effective co-parenting and coordinated parental responses that support the children's overall well being. 


PRESENTER:  Judith Lewis-Thome   has been a mental health provider for family courts for nearly 35 years.  She obtained her psychology degree in Germany where she worked as a court appointed psychologist for family, juvenile and criminal court cases along with maintaining a clinical practice. After returning to the United States, Judith worked at the Maricopa County Conciliation Services as a mediator, evaluator and clinical supervisor for almost 12 years.  Following a departmental re-organization in 2009, Judith was granted a contract to conduct Parenting Conferences. She then began serving as a Court Appointed Advisor for the Office of Public Defense Services and she became a member of Dr. J. Moran's Family Turning Point team. In 2013 Dr. Moran and Judith attended an Overcoming Barriers Family Camp as trainees which led to them providing various services to families in which children resisted or refused contact with a parent.  She has provided professional training on the subject of alienation to Maricopa County Family Law attorneys and Superior Court judges.  Judith provides mediation, professional training & consultation as well as related mental health services.  She is a board member of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.


           1720 E. Camelback Road

            Phoenix, AZ  85016


:   Registration and Networking at 11:30 a.m.

Meeting is 11:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

RSVP  RSVP at www.mcafm.orgEventsMonthly Meeting by noon on the Friday preceding the meeting date.

COST:     $25.00 for members who RSVP on time. $30.00 for non-members and members who 

        miss the deadline. YOU MAY AT THE DOOR.

CLE:    This program may provide up to one (1) continuing education credit hour based upon
a sixty (60) minute hour.

CANCELLATIONS:  You must cancel 48 hours prior to the meeting date. If you RSVP “yes” and do not cancel in time, you will be charged the applicable fee stated above.  You may cancel your RSVP online. Contact Michelle Buonincontri, Membership Chair, 48 hours prior to the meeting date, if you are having difficulty cancelling online at