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Approved for 8.0 CLE credit hours including 1.0 hour of Ethics & Professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.

When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Check in begins at 8:30. Seminar are from 9:00 AM until 5:00PM. (lunch is provided)
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton
200 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, Kansas  66044
United States
Contact: Nancy Burghart

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Approved for 8.0 CLE credit hours including 1.0 hour of Ethics & Professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.

Course Schedule   

8:30 a.m. • Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. • Welcome from Our Family Wizard (Platinum Sponsor)

9:00 a.m. • Limited Family Assessment: Forensic vs. Court Ordered Limited Evaluations.
Dr. Wes Crenshaw,
Family Psychological Services, Lawrence
Courts may ask individuals trained in the provision of mental health services to interview parties and children in custody matters and then make recommendations as to how the best interests of the children might be expressed. Unfortunately, that vague description offers little insight about what courts actually need from professionals, a question not best left to the provider. That is, in part because courts may not know the nuances between provider disciplines, forensic assessment models, and best practices for assessing families, and the average provider is not trained in forensic assessment and testimony. This sets the stage for crossed-purposes and missed-marks at the interface between psychology, social work, and the law. Dr. Wes Crenshaw will provide an overview of what does and doesn’t constitute a valid and reliable forensic evaluation of custody and how courts should differentiate and consume fact-collecting models versus comprehensive custody evaluations and expert testimony. He will answer questions from the audience via microphone or text message during the program.

9:50 a.m. • Speaking Different Languages: Helping to Put the Legal & Psychological Communities on the Same Page.
Dr. Dan Claiborn,
Forensic Psychologist, Kansas City
Dr. Scott Jones, Psychological Family Services, Kansas City
Hon. Keven O'Grady, Tenth Judicial District-Division 1, Olathe
Two eminent mental health professionals and a family court judge will lead a discussion about the mental health challenges faced by many family law litigants, the meanings of diagnoses, the treatments available and how mental health professionals, lawyers and judges can work together to create better outcomes for families.   Attendees can expect to learn about common psychiatric and psychological diagnoses, the treatments and medications prescribed, their efficacy, and suggestions for how to ethically and  professionally deal with these issues in a parenting plan dispute.

10:40 a.m. • Break

10:50 a.m.  Immigration Law Intersecting with Family Law
Michael Sharma-Crawford,
Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, Kansas City MO
Issues where immigration law and domestic law intersect.

11:40 a.m. • Lunch (provided)

12:40 p.m. • Reintegration and Reunification Processes: Models, Principles & Suggestions.
Milfred D. Dale, Law Office of Bud Dale, Topeka
Sara Barnes, Cornerstone of Care, Overland Park and Roeland Park
Adrian E. Zelvy, Family Psychological Services, LLC, Lawrence
Courts tasked with reintegrating or reunifying parents and children often ask for help from mental health professionals and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners. The three presenters will outline the models and principles that guide their efforts to heal relationships strained by absences, alienation, and estrangements.  Because these efforts often involve multiple children and multiple providers, the presentation will address the importance of collaboration and teamwork between professionals, as well as the how to frame and work with the parties in ways that maximize opportunities for success.  

1:30 p.m. • Special Needs Children/Special Needs Trusts
Stacy L. Janssen, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore PC, Kansas City MO 
This presentation will be touching on special needs children and families, specifically involving special needs trusts and the intersection with public benefits (Medicare and Medicaid) that affect family law issues.

2:20 p.m. • Break

2:30 p.m. • Daubert and Mental Health Testimony - A Practical Approach (100 minute program)
John Zervopoulos,
 Psychology Law Partners, Dallas TX
Kansas courts are among many state courts that use Daubert to test the admissibility of expert evidence and testimony, raising important evidentiary and practical questions in family law cases. How can lawyers use Daubert requirements in their admissibility arguments to the court? How can lawyers effectively apply Daubert principles to critique already admitted mental health evidence and testimony?

This talk will address these questions with two objectives:

1. Review Ten Key Daubert Questions.
Daubert’s concepts seem difficult to apply, particularly with mental health testimony. Ten key Daubert questions highlight Daubert’s demands and its flexibility, providing bases for critiquing social science testimony and offering legal arguments when challenging or defending that testimony.

2. Introduce the PLAN Model.
The PLAN Model, a practical four-step model based in Daubert caselaw and psychology’s literature, provides a structure to organize and critique the work and testimony of mental health experts.

4:10 p.m. • A Rising Tide Lifts Most Boats: How Technology Floats Good Lawyers and Sinks the Bad (Ethics & Professionalism)
Hon. Kevin M. Smith, 
Eighteenth Judicial District - Juvenile Division, Wichita
Judge Smith will discuss easy to implement technologies that will help lawyers not only manage their busy schedules and keep up-to-date on case law and statutory changes but avoid the pitfalls that lead to malpractice and ethics issues such as missed filing deadlines and court appearances, as well as poorly researched or edited briefs and motions. He will also discuss disciplinary cases that involve fact patterns that could have been avoided with implementation of these inexpensive, easily accessible technologies.

5:00 p.m. • Adjourned


Registration Information

~~ Lunch is included in registration fee ~~
  • KBA Family Law Section Member     $280
  • Young Lawyers Section Member       $290
  • KBA Member Registration     $310
  • Non-member Registration     $590
  • Paralegal Registration     $230
  • Student Registration   $25
  • Paper Materials (optional)     $30


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Presenter Information

Dr. Wes Crenshaw Ph.D., Family Psychological Services, Lawrence
Wes Crenshaw, PhD is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist, author, and owner of Family Psychological Services, the largest private mental health practice in Lawrence. He’s Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology (ABPP) and a Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT). Dr. Crenshaw is a regular guest on Kansas City Public Radio KCUR, St. Louis Public Media, Lawrence radio KLWN, and Kansas City’s Fox4 Morning show. He has extensive training in forensic psychology from the American Board of Forensic Psychology and has conducted custody evaluations for courts in Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Lyon, and Franklin Counties. He has served as an expert witness for plaintiffs in civil litigation against foster care providers in Kansas and in Los Angeles. His forthcoming series of books Consent-Based Sex Education tackles the struggle parents have in keeping up with and responding to teen sexual culture. 




Dr. Daniel C. Claiborn Ph.D., Court Psychologist, Kansas City
Dr. Dan Claiborn is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri--Columbia.  He has practiced family therapy for 48 years and has been licensed as a psychologist since 1976.  His current practice focuses on forensic evaluations and police psychology.  Dan received training from the NYPD and at the FBI Academy, he teaches at several regional police academies, and he is a member of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Society for Criminal and Police Psychology, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  Dan has been serving as Ethics Chair for the Kansas Psychological Association for over 15 years, and he is Past President of the Kansas Association of Professional Psychologists and the Greater Kansas City Association for Marriage and Family Therapy




Dr. Scott Jones, Psychiatric and Family Services of Greater Kansas City LLC, Kansas City
Dr. Jones attended the University of Kansas from 1969 to 1973.  He married his current wife in the sophomore year and graduated with degrees in psychology and political science.  After moving back to Kansas City he started his career as a community mental health worker for Western Missouri Mental Health center.  In short order he realized that he wanted to be a psychiatrist.  He returned to school at UMKC to take the prerequisite science courses.  In 1978 he was accepted to the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and graduated with honors in 1982 as a doctor of osteopathic medicine.  After a one year rotating internship Dr. Jones was accepted to the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas.  In 1986 he completed his residency training.  He had a public health service scholarship which paid for his medical training and sought a psychiatric need area to fulfill the obligations of the scholarship. The Family Guidance Center in St. Joseph, Missouri was an area in need and hired Dr. Jones as a staff psychiatrist.  He had a varied practice including psychiatric evaluations, inpatient care, psychotherapy, medication management, and was a consultant to the child psychiatric program.  He was the Medical Director of the Family Guidance center for the last three years of his tenure there.  In 1990 Dr. Jones joined The Menninger-Kansas City Clinic.  He continued with inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services.  Additionally he designed and medically directed a psychiatric day treatment program that was a combined service for Menninger and St. Luke’s Hospital.  Dr. Jones was also the medical director for the Menninger-Kansas City Clinic from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 The Menninger Foundation left their Topeka site to join forces with the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  The Menninger-Kansas City Clinic stayed intact and became a private practice group, the Psychiatric and Family Services of Greater Kansas City, LLC.  Dr. Jones has continued in an active outpatient practice there through the present.


Hon. Keven M.P. O’Grady, Tenth Judicial District-Division 1, Olathe
Judge O’Grady is a graduate of Rockhurst University and the University of Kansas School of Law.  Judge O’Grady was in a private law practice in Overland Park, Kansas for twenty-five years before being appointed to the bench in October 2012.  He is a member of the Kansas and Johnson County Bar associations. He served as the President Elect (1998-1999) and President (1999-2000) of the Kansas Bar Association Family Law Section, was Section editor in 2000-2001, 2005-2006 and was a member of the executive committee from 1998 to 2001, 2003 through 2005 and presently. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Johnson County Bar Association as an elected director from 2009 through 2011.  He has been a member of the Johnson County Bar Association's Family Law Bench-Bar Committee since 1988 and served as chair from 1997 through September 2012.  Judge O’Grady is the founding President of the Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court (2013-2017).    He was a member of the Kansas Supreme Court Access to Justice Committee (formerly known as the Self Represented Party Committee) from August 2008 to May 2014 and is currently chair of Supreme Court Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution (August 2017 to present).  


Michael Sharma-Crawford, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, Kansas City, MO

Michael is an aggressive litigator and compassionate advocate of fairness in immigration law. As a former law enforcement officer, Michael has a deeper understanding of the challenges of immigration law enforcement, detainment issues and litigation. Michael frequently handles complex immigration proceedings where current statutes require greater experience and understanding. Michael has instructed at the American Immigration Law Foundation Litigation Institute. He has also lectured about immigration law to the Johnson County Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Kansas and Missouri Public Defenders. Michael has successfully argued before the Circuit Court of Appeal. He has also been successful before the Board of Immigration Appeals. He is admitted to the District of Kansas, and the Federal Appeals Court for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and argued before the Circuit Courts of Appeal. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Kansas Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Johnson County Bar Association. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for Kansas Legal Services. His past service includes the Advisory Committee for the ABA Commission on Immigration and as a member of the USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee for AILA.


Milfred D. Dale, Law Office of Bud Dale, Topeka
Bud is an attorney and licensed psychologist whose work focuses on families demonstrating high conflict.  As a psychologist, he offers a broad range of evaluation and therapeutic services to children, parents, and families.  As an attorney, his practice encompasses child in need of care cases, family law, guardianships, and juvenile law. He is a nationally-recognized speaker on dynamics and issues in high conflict divorce and parental separation.  He has co-written and published articles on attachment in child custody, attorney-expert relationships, and paradigm shifts in child custody in national journals. He has also written articles on interviewing children when there are abuse allegations.  He serves as a reviewing editor for the ABA Family Law Quarterly and is on the editorial boards of AFCC’s Family Court Review and the Journal of Child Custody.  He also reviews articles for the APA journal, Psychology, Public Policy & Law.  In May, 2014, Bud joined the Board of Directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.



Sara Barnes LSCSW, LCSW, Cornerstone of Care, Overland Park & Roeland Park
Sara Barnes earned her MSW degree from the University of Kansas in 1998, where she was awarded the Esther Twente scholarship for academic excellence, as well as initiation into Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Upon graduation Sara began providing individual and family therapy to children and families through Intensive Family Counseling, Inc. (which became Gillis in 2009). During her years as a practicing therapist Sara developed a strong interest in the effects of divorce on children and parents, and began providing Co-parenting counseling and Guided Reintegration services. In 2014 Sara became Clinical Manager of Outpatient Services for Gillis (which became Cornerstones of Care in January, 2017). Her staff of eleven dedicated therapists now provide Individual, Family and Play therapy, along with Co-parenting counseling and Guided Reintegration in Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Miami and Douglas Counties. Of great importance to Sara is fostering excellent communication between her therapists, attorneys, GALs, and Judges in the best interest of each client and family.



Adrian E. Zelvy LCPC, Family Psychological Services LLC, Lawrence
Adrian Zelvy is a senior associate at Family Psychological Services, LLC in Lawrence, Kansas. Adrian completed an MA in Counseling Psychology-Counselor Education specializing in Couples and Family Therapy in 2007 from the University of Colorado-Denver. Adrian began serving children, teens, families and couples in Kansas beginning in 2007 and joined the staff at FPS in 2012. Adrian has attended Parenting Coordination training through the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and provides co-parenting consultation services as a part of his practice. Adrian recently co-presented at the KIPCOR CME/CEU shorts on co-parenting consultation and its ability to support the mediation process. Adrian’s practice is focussed on treating adolescents, family conflict, marital therapy, and co-parenting issues.





Stacey L. Janssen, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore PC, Kansas City, MO
Stacey received her B.A from the University of Kansas in 1985. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law with her J.D. in 1988. Stacey’s practice focuses primarily on elder law where she provides guidance for her clients on issues regarding Medicaid, Estate Planning, Guardianship and Conservatorship, Social Security Disability, Patient and Resident’s Rights, and Special Needs Planning.  Stacey has served as a project attorney and volunteer attorney coordinator for the Kansas Elder Law Hotline. Responsibilities included recruitment, supervision, and training of 150 private volunteer attorneys as well as providing legal advice to more than 3,000 elderly Kansans and their families.


Dr. John Zervopolous , Psychology Law Partners, Dallas TX 
Dr. John A. Zervopoulos, a board certified forensic psychologist and lawyer, specializes in helping lawyers understand, critique, and use psychological materials and evidence in their cases. He combines his forensic psychology expertise with a lawyer’s eye to offer a unique service. With his aid, lawyers cut through confusing mental health materials and testimony and assertively address the mental health and legal reliability issues that impact their cases. As a result, lawyers clarify case themes, focus examinations of experts on questions that advance case goals, and sharpen legal arguments in court.





Hon. Kevin M. Smith, Eighteenth Judicial District-Juvenile Division, Wichita
Judge Smith was appointed to the bench by Governor Sam Brownback in December 2015 after practicing law in Kansas for almost seventeen years. He is assigned to the juvenile department in the 18th Judicial District where he presides over Juvenile Offender and Child In Need of Care cases. He is a former member of the Kansas Board of Indigent Defense Services, and currently serves on the IOLTA Committee of the Kansas Bar Foundation. Judge Smith has presented several CLE programs for the KBA and WBA since becoming judge, to include juvenile justice reform and ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), and is an adjunct professor at Friends University teaching Criminal Procedure beginning Spring 2018. He published several law review articles with the Washburn Law Journal and the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, including his most recent articles, SB 367 and Juvenile Justice Reform in Kansas, 86 JKBA 2, 16 (February 2017), and SB 367 and Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform: Time to Tweak so We Can Save a Worthy Objective, 86 JKBA 9, 17 (October 2017). He graduated, cum laude, in 1999 from Regent University School of Law where he served as Articles and Issue Planning Editor on Law Review, and clerked for the American Center for Law and Justice.