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NCJ Number: 136632 Find in a Library
Title: Counseling Coordinators' Group Discussion
Corporate Author: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Policy and Research Division
New Zealand
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Wellington, New Zealand
Publication Number: ISBN 0-477-07628-9
Sale Source: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Policy and Research Division
Private Box 180
New Zealand
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: The New Zealand Family Courts Act 1980 created the role of counseling coordinator, responsible for organizing counseling and related services for clients of the Family Court. Counseling coordinators have personal contact with clients as well as with court personnel and professionals who provide services to the Court. This paper is based on a group discussion held with six counseling coordinators working in three courts.
Abstract: This project was conducted to obtain an understanding of the opinions and experiences of counseling coordinators with custody and access cases in the Family Court. The counselors all agreed that counseling was essential to parental self-determination and that clients who were taught skills at an early stage to enable them to make decisions about their children were more likely to go back to counseling on their own initiative rather than go to a lawyer and through the court system. The group also discussed their perspectives on compulsory counseling. Their main comment regarding lawyers was the increase in the number of adversarial lawyers who have not had the benefit of multi-disciplinary training programs that most lawyers underwent 10 years ago. The counselors touched on issues relating to counsel for the child, case managers, and Department of Social Welfare reports. Counseling was seen as a way to avoid delays in the court process. Participants talked about their personal safety at the Family Court, opportunities for cost savings, and guidelines for custody and access. 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Family courts; Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Counseling techniques; Family counseling; New Zealand
Note: Family court custody and access research report 5
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