2020 Annual Ethics and DV Day

September 12, 2020
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM


2020 Annual Ethics and DV Day

Event Schedule
8:00 - 8:30 am               Attendee Check-in 
8:30 - 10:30 am             Domestic Violence: The Intersection of Family Law and Psychology
10:30 am - 12:30 pm    Trauma Informed Screening and Care for Intimate Partner Violence
12:30 - 1:30 pm             Break 
1:30 - 5:30 pm               Parent-Child Contact Problems: A Family Systems Framework for Parent Alienating Behaviors

The access link will be emailed to you via the email provided at registration no later than 20 hours prior to the presentation.

Domestic Violence: The intersection of Family Law and Psychology
Presented by Steven H. Everts

Program Description
The discussion will include the legal principles and definitions of domestic violence, including recent appellate caselaw, regarding parents and children in the context of custody/legal decision-making, parenting time, and orders of protection. It also involves application of these principles in responding to records requests informally and by subpoena duces tecum, testifying by deposition or trial, expert witness testimony, mandatory reporting, working with DCS, and working with clients in preparation for legal proceedings.

Learning Objectives
1. Define domestic violence in a therapeutic and forensic setting.
2. Describe three instances in which a psychologist would use privileged communications and defenses in responding to records requests. 
3. Describe legal requirements in mandatory reporting situations.

Steve Everts has practiced law for over 43 years and represented and counseled thousands of clients in family law matters. He averages over 60 court appearances and dozens of contested hearings and trials each year. He has been lead counsel in all family law trials and 12 jury trials. He has also been retained as an expert witness to testify regarding the performance of other lawyers. He has attended over 100 continuing legal education seminars and 11 parenting courses in the field of family law. He has been a presenter at many Family Law seminars, including 12 straight years at the prestigious Arizona Family Law Institute, the Arizona and Southwest Divorce Conferences, the National Business Institute, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. He recently authored the article, “Rule 69 and Family Law Settlement Agreements: When is a Deal a Deal?” published by the Arizona Summit Law Review, 6 Accord, Prac. Legal J. 147 (2017). He has also written the briefs and/or handled the appeals in over 60 appellate cases.
Steve is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Board-Certified Specialist in Family Law by the Arizona State Bar, and a Board Certified Advocate in Family Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is asked to serve frequently as Judge and Commissioner pro-tem for the Family Law section of the Maricopa County Superior Court where he has served for 20 years. He has been rated AV Preeminent (highest competency/ethical standard) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for many years. Steve has been selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers every year from 2010 to present and Best Lawyers in America. He is licensed to practice in both Arizona and Utah in both Federal and State courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California.

Trauma Informed Screening and Care for Intimate Partner Violence
Presented By: Kathryn Doyle, Ph.D.

Program Description
Given the prevalence and impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) in society, the development of screening practices and interventions that are attentive to the impact of trauma on both health and one’s ability to access care are essential. The VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Program is offering a model for how to do this work in a trauma informed manner. 

Program Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: This seminar is appropriate primarily for psychologists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors and is also useful for students in related fields.

Learning Objectives
1. Define intimate partner violence and identify three impacts it might have on a person’s health and well-being.
2. Define trauma-informed care and identify two ways it is relevant when screening for  intimate partner violence.
3. Identify at least two evidence-based interventions that are trauma-informed and can treat individuals who use or experience intimate partner violence behaviors.

Dr. Doyle is the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) coordinator at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. This position includes identifying and implementing evidence-based screening and interventions for Veterans who experience or use Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) behaviors. She currently sits on a national VA training and education workgroup for the IPVAP and is a regional trainer for the Strength at Home program, an evidence-based intervention for Veterans who use IPV behaviors. As the IPVAP coordinator, she is committed to identifying and effectively collaborating with local community organizations who work to address IPV. She also serves as the Women Veterans Mental Health Champion. In this role, she advocates for the identification and development of resources that serve the unique needs of Women Veterans. After getting her Ph.D. from ASU’s Clinical Psychology program in 2000, Dr. Doyle completed a two-year Postdoctoral research residency in public health at Johns Hopkins University. She worked for several years as research faculty at Arizona State University's Prevention Research Center, serving as the Director of Training, and she maintained a successful private practice prior to starting at the VA in 2009.

Parent-Child Contact Problems: A Family Systems Framework for Parent Alienating Behaviors
Presented By: Robert DiCarlo, Ph.D.

Program Description
This seminar will provide an overview of the complex dynamics involved when a child resists or refuses contact with a parent or another primary attachment figure.  Although the term “parental alienation” has historically been used in the literature, this seminar will discuss a contemporary and more nuanced framework that accounts for the multifaceted interactions between family and environment.  Attendees will be provided with information to better conceptualize cases with suspected parent-child contact problems, as well as psychological and legal strategies informed by the current literature. Considerable attention will be given to the ethical and professional dilemmas inherent in these types of cases, which includes the intersection of gender, race, and class, and other demographic variables.

Program Level: Intermediate 

Target Audience: This seminar is appropriate primarily for psychologists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors and is also useful for students in related fields.

Learning Objectives
1. Describe five contributing factors to parent-child contact problems.
2. Differentiate between different types and levels of parent-child contact problems.
3. Identify three concerns regarding the importance of early intervention and the judicial response in addressing parent-child contact problems.
4. Describe three ethical concerns with treatment approaches related to reunification therapy, including recommending custody reversals. 

Dr. Robert DiCarlo received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Northern Arizona University and completed over 4,000 hours of pre- and post-doctoral training in forensic psychology.  He is also credentialed as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Dr. DiCarlo’s foundational background as a therapist informs a compassionate and fair approach to his specialized training in family court work. He has over a decade of experience working both within the public and private behavioral health sectors with individuals with serious mental illness, dual-diagnosis, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.  Additionally, Dr. DiCarlo has worked in a collaborative and creative manner with police departments, Department of Child Safety, Division of Developmental Disabilities, and other allied agencies to deliver high quality, evidence-based and outcome-informed psychotherapeutic services.  Dr. DiCarlo has developed a compassionate, ethical, and balanced approach to working with court litigants and their children, particularly when conflict has led to instability and impasses within the family.

CE Credits

8 CE credits will be awarded for the full day.

Registration Fees
AzPA Full Member: $160
AzPA Student/Postdoc/Retired Member: $60
Non-Member Professional: $235
Non-Member Student/Postdoc/Retired: $110

Note: Online registration will be open through Wednesday, September 9. Day-of registrations will not be available. 


All participants of Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) events and programs must agree to follow a Code of Conduct: 

Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate and respectful of other guests, presenters and staff.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory and/or harassing behavior and speech.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply at once. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AzPA may take action deemed appropriate, including expulsion from the event. *Refunds may be requested following expulsion.