16 June 2018 YOUTH DAY


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Register and pay by 31st May and you will be included in the special draw to win an awesome book!

08h30 – 14h30 (light lunch included)

Doxa Deo Midstream,
10 Chorges St, Midfields Estate, Pretoria, 1668
Tel: 010 590 5902
(secure parking)

Who should attend?

  • divorce & family mediators
  • attorneys working in family law
  • family support professionals (psychologists, social workers, counsellors, family coaches)
  • parents where there is parental alienation being experienced
  • families in the process of divorce or post-divorce

Family Assist – Marici  082 254 1677
The Collaborative Network – Marissa 083 964 0248 email:

Closing date for registration
14th June 2018

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Map to Venue



08h30-09h00: Registration, tea and coffee, networking

09h00-09h10: Welcome

09h10-09h30: Opening address by Advocate Chris Maree of the Family Advocate’s Office Pretoria
– The importance of a proper parenting plan & giving effect to the “voice of the child” provisions of The Children’s Act 38 of 2005

09h30-10h00: Marilé Viljoen (clinicial psychologist)
– What is parental alienation and how does it happen?
– What are some of the challenges for mental health professionals working with families where there is parental alienation?

10h00-10h30: Professor Wesahl Domingo (South African Law Commission and Head of WITS University School of Law
– What is the current legislation that refers to family dispute resolution, – children and their relationship with their parents?
– News on the developments with the Law Commission Project: Issue Paper 31 Family Dispute Resolution: Care of and Contact with Children

10h30-11h00: 1st panel discussion led by Bev Loubser (Chairperson of SAAM, attorney) with Marilé Viljoen and Professor Wesahl Domingo:
The worrying trend of parental alienation caused by one parent bringing an ex parte application to change residence of children and preventing or delaying contact until the Family Advocate investigates.
(submit your question to the panel when you register for the Workshop)

11h00-11h15: tea and coffee & networking

11h15-11h45: Professor Madeleine de Jong (South African Law Commission and UNISA Department of Private Law)
Addressing the risk factors for children upon divorce – brief notes on child-informed mediation, a less adverserial trial and parenting co-ordination”

11h45-12h15: 2nd panel discussion led by Dr Lynette Roux (clinical psychologist and chairperson of NABFAM) with Bev Loubser and Professor Madeleine de Jong:
what are the practical steps that mediators, attorneys and mental health professionals can take to prevent alienation starting or persisting?
submit your question to the panel when you register for the Workshop)

12h15-12h30: tea and coffee & networking

12h30-13h00: Dr Lynette Roux
Parenting Co-ordination: the process and the practical considerations for families where there is parental alienation.

13h00-13h15: Bev Loubser – SAAM news and developments

13h15-13h30: Closing

13h30-14h30: light lunch snacks & networking

Certificate of Attendance for SAAM members

This Workshop has been allocated 5 CPD points for SAAM members towards CPD points for applications for accreditation or towards accreditation renewals during the period June 2018 – 31st May 2019. SAAM members who attend will be issued with a certificate of attendance by the Collaborative Network & Family Assist.

JUTA Publishers

JUTA have been invited to attend the Workshop and will have a range of publications available for sale, offering special discounts for attendees.


  • Voucher for 5 play therapy sessions for a child of divorce – Happy Chappy Program in Lynnwood, Pretoria
  • Voucher for 2 sessions for drafting a parenting plan OR 2 parenting guidance sessions @ FAMSA, Pretoria
  • Voucher for 2 sessions of Family or Divorce Mediation @ Mediationworx, Pretoria
  • Voucher for 1 session in Parenting Skills @ Coram Deo, Pretoria
  • Free ebook and online subscription to
  • Ticket to attend Maintenance Workshop presented by Mediation Academy in Pretoria or Johannesburg