The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors presents

Family Breakdown
and the Law


a 2-day IN PERSON

Important skills
for every counsellor

Offered in
5 major BC cities

A competency training for counselling therapists on navigating the family law environment.

April 1st & 2nd 2022

NELSON June 3rd & 4th 2022

May 27th & 28th 2022 

October 14th & 15th 2022 

July 11th + 12th

At some point, every counsellor will work with a client who is
navigating a separation or divorce.

When this happens, the counsellor is motivated to do their best to support their clients through this hard time. However, the complexities of working with a family during breakdown have far reaching effects that can seriously impact the children involved, and which hold consequential repercussions for the counsellor if they are not prepared to work within the legal system.

A strong background working with families through breakdown is not enough to ensure that a counsellor is ready to work within the family law environment.

As a result, many well-intentioned counsellors end up with complaints against them to their regulating bodies.

This 2-day, in-person training will assist counsellors in understanding the intricacies of working in the family law arena, how to confidently work with families in breakdown who are engaged in the legal process and how best to prepare yourself in the event of a complaint.


This course would qualify for: 14 hours of ADR maintenance hours with the Law Society of BC  / 14 educational/ BCACC continuing competency credits

Our Speakers 

BCACC is bringing together Clinical Director, Child & Family Therapist and Divorce Specialist Alyson Jones, MA RCC and award-winning Family Law Arbitrator, Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, John-Paul E. Boyd, QC, AOCA MA LLB for two robust days of training.

John-Paul E. Boyd QC, AOCA MA LLB

Award-winning Family Arbitrator, Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator.

John-Paul E. Boyd, QC is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia, and counsel to the Calgary family law firm Wise Scheible Barkauskas.

John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before taking a position as the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, at the University of Calgary, in 2013. He returned to private practice, providing services throughout Alberta and British Columbia, in 2018 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019.

Alyson Jones, MA RCC

Clinical Director at Alyson Jones & Associates where she leads a team of therapists that specialize in separation and divorce issues.

She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Child and Family Therapist, Parenting Coordinator, Mediator, Divorce Coach, Author and Educator with over 30 years’ experience.

She developed the Family Forward Reunification Program (FFRP) which assists families in navigating through parent child contact problems and highly complex family issues.  She also spearheaded the Specialized Services Program which services high conflict families who are going through family transitions.

A quick video overview:


BCACC is grateful to our sponsors for their continued support of our RCCs. Because of their support we are able to keep the registration cost relatively low.

Event Sponsors:



Food Sponsors:

We want to thank our food sponsors for their contribution to these training events.

Technology Sponsors:

We want to thank our technology sponsors for contributing to the recording of this training, so that we can bring it to more RCCs over time.

The two day program:

Because all topics are inter-related we are not selling this training as individual days. This training is appropriate for counsellors at all career levels.


(all prices are in Canadian Dollars CAD and include morning coffee and lunch for both days)


$199 CAD + GST


$400 CAD + GST

Non-Members (All Students)

$199 CAD + GST

Where you would like to attend?

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April 1st & 2nd 2022


May 27th & 28th 2022


June 3rd & 4th 2022


October 14th & 15th 2022

Prince George:

July 11th + 12th 2022

Don't see a location near you?

Let us know where you would like to attend and BCACC will see if there is enough interest in the area to come to you. 

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