Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) July 26, 2010
The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. conducted their ninth annual legal workshop for approximately 185 mental health professionals addressing WHAT EVERY MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CUSTODY & VISITATION AND IMPORTANT SOCIAL ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN. The workshop aims to assist these professionals when counseling patients marital and family law issues. Many mental health professionals come year after year to these presentations and we appreciate their support. We were also pleased to see many new faces this year, as we reached a record high attendance. Each year, attendees have been able to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) from the mental health professional organizations for their participation. Our workshops are held at the Port Washington Yacht Club.
This year’s presentation was about the process of reaching a custody and visitation agreement and also addressed the very important issue of bullying in the schools and on the Internet. Also discussed were mediation, litigation and collaborative law, and the pros and cons of each approach. Dealing with custody & visitation issues can be a very difficult process. The importance of good communication during this negotiation is critical, and we addressed how mental health professionals can help their patients deal with these challenges, including:
- Managing anger to facilitate reaching agreements
- Handling an impasse in negotiating an agreement, and finally
- Proceeding with litigation when an agreement cannot be negotiated.
We examined an actual Custody and Visitation Stipulation, and reviewed the components of a comprehensive agreement that protects both the parents and children, starting with a summary of the types of custody (joint vs. sole custody). Special provisions to an agreement were discussed, including spheres of influence and delegation of decision-making responsibilities, religion, corporal punishment, relocation, and how unique circumstances, i.e., drug abuse, and same-sex relationships are dealt with in an agreement.
The important and current topic of bullying in the school and on the Internet was also addressed including its impact on the child and the family, and what legal recourse is available for victims of this abuse.
The workshop presenters were attorneys from our firm: Jerome Wisselman, Jacqueline Harounian, Lloyd Rosen, Eyal Talassazan and Lauren Chartan. We were pleased to have a guest speaker, Betty Gross, from CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) who spoke about school bully prevention programs for children, parents and professionals.
The law firm of Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, P.C. was established in 1976 and is dedicated to serving Long Island, Queens and Metro New York clients and the community on legal matters that arise during the course of raising a family and growing a business. It is the firm’s goal to develop long-term client relationships, to help protect clients’ legal interests throughout the many phases of their family lives. This can include handling matrimonial or family law concerns, buying or selling a home, running a business, and estate planning. http://www.lawjaw.com
Those seeking information on matrimonial and divorce issues: The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, P.C. has scheduled complimentary events to provide information and answer all questions. The events are Separation thru Divorce Legal Clinics, Fathers' Rights and Divorce, How to Have a Smart Divorce.
Separation thru Divorce Legal Clinic:
TIME: Thursday August 5th & Thursday August 19th at 6:00 – 7:30 PM (Regularly held on the first and third Thursday of each month).
TOPICS: Designed to provide information and answer legal questions for people contemplating separation and divorce, or for those who have been told their spouse is considering one.
Fathers' Rights and Divorce:
TIME: Wednesday August 4th at 6:00pm.
TOPICS: To help Dads protect their legal family rights and the right to be with their children. Family law attorney, Lloyd Rosen, will provide information about visitation, support, fighting for custody, modification of child support and responding to reports of domestic violence. All your questions will be addressed.
How to Have a Smart Divorce:
TIME: Wednesday August 11th at 6:00pm.
TOPICS: Presentation by family law attorney, Lloyd Rosen is designed for people in all stages of divorce from not yet separated through those with interest in modifying divorce agreements. Bring your questions for a livelier discussion.
All meetings are held at:
Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.
1010 Northern Blvd., Suite 300 (just west of Community Drive)
Great Neck, New York 11021
RSVP: call Sharyn at 516-773-8300 or http://www.lawjaw.com
Sharyn O’Mara, PR Director
516-773-8300 or 516-978-9688-cell