April 25 may be the first time the Lakeland community became aware of Danica Joan Fields’ advocacy organization. That’s because that was when the City of Lakeland officially recognized KidsNeedBoth.org (the Florida Chapter of Parental Alienation Awareness Organization USA) through a proclamation deeming that “Parental Alienation Awareness Day” in Lakeland. And her efforts did not stop there.
The next significant event is November 16-17 and is hosted by KidsNeedBoth.org. This Parental Alienation Conference for Professionals is focused on educators, lawyers and mental health professionals who are impacted by high-conflict families. Danica’s goal is that professionals have a better understanding of the dynamics of high-conflict families to produce the most healing outcome.
KidsNeedBoth is a family advocacy organization founded by Danica Joan Fields in 2004 through her own personal struggles in a high-conflict family. “I found that each time a new counselor or teacher dealt with my family I had to educate them on what the family was going through.” It is Danica’s hope that if professionals are better educated prior to managing parental conflict; this will reduce the healing time for the children.
Guest Speakers include:
- Jill Egizii- PAAO USA President
- Attorney Brian Ludmer, Expert in Parental Alienation and the courts
- Tom Lemons, Family Advocate/Documentary Producer
- Robert A. Evans, Ph.D, Educational Psychologist/Author
- J. Michael Bone, Ph.D, PA & PAS Consultant/Author
She has seen hostile aggressive parenting affect a broad range of professions beyond these three categories, which is why the conference ends with a Panel Discussion with community leaders.
These community leaders will include:
- Julia Hermelbracht- Dept of Children & Families
- Mark D. Roseman, Ph.D., CFLE- Founder and Executive Director of The Toby Center for Family Transitions
- Officer Lori Edwards- LPD Law Enforcement Officer/School Resource
- Pam Criss- Professor of Social Work, Southeastern University
- Forrest Young- Polk Guardian Ad Litem
- Rev. Charles “Poker” Boyd- Student Ministry Essentials
- Polk County Sheriffs Office
This Conference for Professionals offers continuing education credits. And the public is welcome to attend.
The second day of the Conference/Workshop is specifically designed for advocates to be trained in building leadership and connectedness, with the goal of efficiently impacting the community through awareness.
For more information on the Conference for Professionals and/or Advocate’s Workshop, go to www.kidsneedboth.org.