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The Gender Paradigm in Family Court
Historically, men and women were confined to rigidly defined social roles determined by sex. Women were expected to find a man to protect and provide for them, and then stay at home and raise children. Men were expected to protect and provide for women, through military service and employment outside the home. Personality traits were ascribed to match and reinforce this paradigm. Men came to be stereotyped as dominant, aggressive, non-nurturing. Women came to be stereotyped as passive, frail, and nurturing. The past fifty years has seen a wholesale rejection of this Gender Paradigm. Educational programs and a wide array of anti-discrimination laws ensure that women are no longer confined to traditional sex roles, and that they have at least as much opportunity for employment outside the home as men traditionally had. For the most part, they have been successful. Excluding farm labor and self-employment, women now outnumber men in the workforce. Women now serve alongside men in military combat positions. This course examines whether family courts have kept pace with these changes, and explores possible explanations for why they have not. The focus of this course is on the operation and reinforcement of the Gender Paradigm in the areas of child custody and domestic violence.

Jun 29, 2021 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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John Hamel, PhD, LCSW
psychologist, batterer intervention treatment provider, author @Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs
Dr. Hamel has been providing individual, couples and group counseling, anger management, domestic violence intervention and treatment, and parenting programming since 1992. He developed the evidence-based Alternative Behavior Choices batterer intervention curriculum and is currently a court-approved provider of batterer intervention and parent programs in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. He has been conducting domestic violence research for more than twenty years and spearheaded the large-scale literature reviews known as the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal Partner Abuse, the founder and executive director of the Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs, and the author of numerous articles and books on the subject.
Tom James, JD
attorney, author @Law Office of Tom James
Course creator and host. Mr. James has been an attorney in private practice for over twenty years, during half of which he concentrated on family law. He is the author of the book, "The History of Custody Law" and several law review articles in the area of family law.
Custody, Caretaking, and Domestic Violence Panel
John Hamel, PhD, LCSW, psychologist, batterer intervention program provider, researcher, author. Don Hubin, PhD, professor emeritus of philosophy, Chair of the national board of the National Parents Organization. Joleena Louis, JD, family law attorney and author. R. K. Hendrick, JD, attorney, author. William Hoskovec, JD, family law attorney Mandy Morrill, MA, EdD, LMHC, NCC, associate professor of psychology and author. Molly K. Olson, mediator, FAIR Solutions and Center for Parental Responsibility. Jonathan Heisey-Grove, president, National At-Home Dad Network. Ronald Lucas, sole custody father.