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Florida Bar Board Approves Family Law Section Request to File Amicus Brief

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, representing 4,107 members who voluntarily have joined the section, has received approval of its request to join in an amicus brief in the appeal of a Hillsborough County/13th Judicial Circuit court ruling in Shaw v. Shaw involving an attempted divorce of a same-sex couple who legally married in Massachusetts, but now reside in Florida. 


In the Shaw case, the trial judge would not enter a divorce decree for the couple because by statute and constitutional provision, Florida does not recognize same-sex marriages. The dismissal of the case has been appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal (Case No. 2D14-2384).


The Florida Bar, a mandatory organization with 98,922 members, will not and cannot take a position in this appeal. Amicus brief filings by a voluntary Florida Bar section, though requiring approval by the Bar’s governing board, are advanced solely with the voluntary dues and separate resources of those subgroups and clearly advocated in the section's name only.


“As a result of this ruling, same-sex couples validly married in other states, but living in Florida, do not have access to our courts for divorce or for the orderly resolution of their legal rights and obligations,” said Gregory W. Coleman, President of The Florida Bar. “Therefore, the Bar’s Board of Governors, while not weighing in on this issue for the entire bar and not commenting on any related social issues, did agree to allow the Family Law Section to do so on behalf of its voluntary members in order to address the issue of access to justice,” he said.


Coleman added that, as officers of the court and stewards of the justice system, lawyers are charged with protecting rights within the framework of the law. He said the Family Law Section’s request to file a brief in this case is based on promoting and protecting the rights of Floridians to have access to our state's court system and to rely upon the legal rights and obligations of civil marriage.


"This action should be understood as a matter of family and matrimonial lawyers seeking finality and certainty in their area of practice, regarding certain basic legal issues, and to assure fairness of treatment and equality of access to our state courts for every Floridian," Coleman said.


The section’s amicus brief will address access to the courts and rely upon the equal protection clauses of both the Florida and United States constitutions, U.S. Supreme Court case law, other state Supreme Court decisions, and fundamental rights. At present, the brief is due to be filed on July 25.


Amicus or "friend of the court" briefs are filed by groups or individuals who are not actual parties in a lawsuit, but who petition an appellate court to comment in the proceedings because of their great interest in the subject matter or to call a higher court's attention to legal issues overlooked at trial, or which the court should additionally consider in its review on appeal.

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Strategies of Self-Care

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Most people have a limit on how much stress, suffering, and sadness they can tolerate; therefore, pleasant, soothing, and joyful energy is needed on a consistent basis in order to thwart negativity, thereby producing feelings of renewal.  Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach is unavailable. Successful education, integration, sustenance, and adoption of individualized self-caring practices come from knowing yourself, while restricting the common practice of comparing oneself to others. Further, self-care can be identified as a wide variety of preventative and protective factors.  John Duffy, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist, defined self-care as "attending to your own needs such that you are content, focused, motivated, and 'on your game.'"


The energy allotted in giving of oneself to others becomes impaired when ones' own sense of prioritizing their own needs and wants has become jeopardized.  Wondering if you're doing a decent job of taking care of yourself - or how your self-care strategies could be improved?  Review the following, and reflect on your practices:


1. Self-caring is a number of diverse and variable identified activities that have the potential to help the individual feel their best.


2. Self-caring is thoughtfully scheduled and planned out.


3. Self-caring starts and ends at anytime, and can happen anywhere.


4. Genuine self-care consists of acknowledging that your physical, emotional, psychological, and relational well-being are intertwined, interactive, and interdependent.


5. Self-care helps one preserve boundaries and removes the sources that drain one from their full potential.


6. Continuously and realistically indulge in a self-care inventory and consider making adjustments as needed.


7. Surround yourself with people that can teach your something.


8. Take into consideration that 'quality' always supersedes 'quantity' when it comes to self-care.


9. Remember that self-care is a necessity that is non-negotiable in achieving the balance and happiness of fulfilled living.


By Andrea L. Coverman, PsyD, CADAC



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The Programs We Offer at Psychological Affiliates

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, June 12, 2014

Collaborative Divorce Program

This program offers an innovative way to resolve disputes amicably without going to court by using a mental health counselor.  If minor children are involved, parents tend to gravitate towards this program due to the focus it has on doing what is best for the kids.  Additionally, due to Collaborative Divorce being based on the pace of the clients and not the judicial calendar, it results in a speeder finalization, which translates into financial savings as well.

 


Orlando Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchange Program

The Partners with Families program is available 7 days a week, including evenings, and allows children to maintain safe contact with both parents post divorce.  The purpose of this program is to create a safe environment for children by having a third person monitor those involved, as well as supervise the transfer of children from one parent to the other.  It creates less conflict and stress for the parents due to them not having to communicate with their former spouse.

 


Parenting Coordination Program

This program is led by licensed psychologists who are highly trained in high conflict situations, mediation and child development.  It focuses on the parents communication among each other and educates them on the importance of shielding their children from parental conflict and creating any unnecessary stress for them.  Through your attorney, you may request a parenting coordinator if you have concerns about your co-parent.

 

 

Divorce Education Program

This program presents information about divorce procedures that promote effective coping and communication by parents and their children. A goal of the program is to lower the amount of contested custodies and visitation conflicts.


 

 The Kids Place Program

This program is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who are dealing with their parent's divorce. Once a week (six week program), children are brought together to participate in activities with other children alike to help them cope and comfortably communicate about the topic.

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What is Competency Restoration Training?

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Saturday, June 07, 2014

Psychological Affiliates offers an extensive amount of services, with each psychologist specializing in a specific area. The services provided at this location are psychotherapy Orlando, psychological evaluations, collaborative divorce, forensic psychological evaluations, litigation support, parenting plan evaluations, relationship therapy, neuropsychological evaluations, psychosexual evaluations, psychological evaluations for medical purposes, sex therapy Orlando, and sex offender therapy. As one can see, Psychological Affiliates offers a solution to any mental health issue and works hard towards recovery for each and every individual.


Competency Restoration Training is a service that Psychological Affiliates specializes in. Competency Restoration is an intervention that is psychoeducational. It occurs when an individual has been declared unable to continue in a legal trial because of a combination of minimal understanding, inability to conform his/her behaviors to the claim of the court, and communication deficits. It is generally apart of a multi-faceted treatment strategy including coaching by the defendant’s attorney and psychiatric care. The individual must acknowledge the role of the court officers, the responsibilities and limitations of the court, the antagonistic nature of the courtroom, and have faith that his/her attorney has his/her best interest in mind. This process takes about six to eight sessions (one hour each) and involves post-testing to assure everything taught has been maintained.


Psychological Affiliates is an extraordinary practice that offers a variety of services. The psychologists at this practice make sure that every individual is treated with the highest quality of care and that they get the help that is needed to enhance their quality of life.

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The Parenting Coordination Program

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, June 06, 2014

For the sake of the children, divorcing parents must continue to communicate with their former spouses in matters of child rearing.  Yet, approximately 20-30% of divorcing parents exhibit high conflict behaviors, creating stress for both adult and child.  Research indicates that unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce.


Parent Coordination offers divorcing parents a unique service that may be used during the divorce process or years after.  Parents with serious concerns regarding their co-parent may request, through their attorney, the monitoring services of a Parenting Coordinator.  A Parenting Coordinator is a neutral individual working to ensure parental access and protect children from unnecessary stress.


Parenting Coordinators at Psychological Affiliates are licensed psychologists who are trained in child development, mediation, and high conflict.  All Coordinators are trained through the Cooperative Parenting Institute.

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Deborah Day Declared Oviedo Mother Mentally Incompetent for the Murder Trial of Her Daughter

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Saturday, May 31, 2014

In January, Sujatha Guduru was accused of murdering her 17-year-old daughter Chetana. The mother and daughter were both found lying in the master bedroom; Chetana had a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead, while the mother had what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. However, Guduru survived from her wound and is being charged with first-degree murder. Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Deborah Day, declared the 44-year-old mother insane at the time of the incident and mentally incompetent to stand trial for the murder of her daughter. Details below!

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Orlando Attorneys look to Psychological Affiliates for Aid in Psychological Evaluations and Parenting Plan Assessments

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Frequently, our group of psychologists are asked to help legal professionals and attorneys with the review of psychological evaluations and parenting plan assessments. When a couple decides to divorce, or have a paternity dispute without amicable resolution, our Orlando psychologists can evaluate parenting plans, as appointed by a court, to aid the judge with recognizing each spouse’s strengths and weaknesses, while considering their interaction with their child. The psychologist who is evaluating the plan can then make recommendations that are in the best interest of the child. With experience in issues of child abuse, relocation disputes, partner violence, psychological illness, or substance abuse and addiction, our psychologists have a depth of knowledge and experience to aid attorneys and families. In the case of psychological evaluation reviews, we base our knowledge on evidence-based therapy models that stand the test of time, such as sex therapy, family psychotherapy, co-parenting therapy, and relationship therapy. We can evaluate assessments of both children and adults, as well as provide these therapeutic psychological services to anyone in need. Because professionals outside the field of psychology primarily oversee these circumstances, our team can help aid in comprehension by creating clarity and providing expertise.

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We Offer Litigation Support

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Litigation support is provided by Psychological Affiliates through assessment of report consistency, in comparison to the opinions that are provided. If our team feels that a more extensive evaluation is required, we can analyze the data and provide a more thorough review. When deficiencies are identified in the reports, expert testimony and favorable reports can be made available. Additionally, our team of Orlando psychologists are accessible for support, in regards to preparation of questions for cross-examination or direct examinations at trial. When our psychologists work in partnership with legal professionals and the court system, clients feel an increased sense of control, along with an increase in problem-solving approaches, sense of dignity, and personal privacy. At Psychological Affiliates, we understand that each case is unique, and may require more personalized service. Because of this, consultations can be discussed over the phone, or through a convenient form on our website, http://www.psychologicalaffiliates.com

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Finding the Right Orlando Mediator

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Orlando Family Mediation is a legal negotiation process in which the disputing parties are mediated by a neutral third party. Using a mediator is a preferred method for Orlando families seeking to resolve a dispute confidentially and less expensively. 


Orlando mediators are required to undergo 40 hours of exceptional training in order to become certified. When searching for a mediator to help you and your family, you should make sure they are properly certified through the state and have an exceptional background in the specific area you are interested in having mediated. Having an informal pre-mediation meeting prior to hiring an Orlando family mediator to determine if there is good chemistry between client and mediator is important to predetermining the success of the professional relationship. It is also a good idea to find out how long the mediator has been in practice, how many cases they have done in the past three years, what the quality of their initial training was and how frequently that mediator has been chosen to serve. All of these questions will guide you in helping you determine the best mediator for your family. 

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IDC-10 Has Been Postponed

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, April 11, 2014

Last week, the US Congress postponed the mandatory implementation of the IDC-10 for diagnosis and billing purposes in the medical and psychological community. This move is designed to give all providers more time to implement this new system. It will now be mandatory to use this system beginning October 2015. This gives providers additional time to learn the IDC-10 and the DSM5, the new version of the Diagnostic and Statical Manual. The coding for both IDC-9 and 10 are included in DSM5, streamlining the process for all providers. Along with the change, adjustments are needed for the entire process of reaching a diagnosis. DSM5 no longer uses the multiaxial system; it adopts a dimensional format for ranking severity of disorders based on symptom severity. New diagnostic categories have been added and other diagnosis have new criteria. For example, there is a new category for Neurodevelopmental Disorders in children. This includes diagnosis that are the very mild front-end of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder spectrum, such as the new Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder. This system has done away with the Global Assessment of Functioning score, instead adopting the WHODAS, a less subjective 30 question, self report questionnaire. This face valid instrument has a form that can also be completed by the clinician.


For further information about these very significant and far reaching changes, please go to the website Psychiatry.org/DSM5.

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