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The GAL as Fact Finder in Divorce and Custody Cases Using Art and Play Therapy Techniques in the Investigation Stage

Date(s) & Location(s)

November 1, 2013
Renaissance Hotel
6808 S. 107th East Ave.

CLE Credit

This half-day course has been approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 3 hours of mandatory CLE credit, including 0 hours of ethics.  This qualifies for juvenile law training per 10A O.S. §1-8-101 (B).


$75 for early-bird registrations with payment received at least four full business days prior to the seminar date; $100 for registrations with payment received within four full business days of the seminar date.


Course Description

This workshop was developed for lawyers who serve as a Guardian ad Litem in divorce and custody cases. GALs wear several hats when investigating and reporting what is in the best interest of the child, their client. When making recommendations, GALs play the role of attorney, advocate, and sometimes, child psychologist.

Workshop Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define Art and Play Therapy
  2. Identify three art and play techniques helpful to the first attorney/client meeting
  3. Match art and play tasks to the appropriate child development stage
  4. Offer a constructive oral observation or analysis of each group’s art task
  5. Identify practitioners/experts and create a list for collaborative relationships

Program Planner/Moderator

Ginger Decoteau, M.S. Sociology, M.Ed. Adult Education
Community Learning Council, Inc., Oklahoma City


1:30 p.m.  Registration
1:55 Introduction of Community Learning Council mental/behavioral health practitioners and staff
2:00 The Statute and what we learned from interviews with Guardians ad Litem
2:15 Experts, Ethics, Resources, Abuse and Neglect, and Communication Techniques
3:15 Break
3:30 The Power of Art and Play - Expressive Therapy
3:45 Let’s get our hands dirty.  Hands-on workshop.
4:45 Questions, Comments and Wrap-up
5:00 Adjourn
Community Learning Council Staff Assisting With Program:
Ginger Decoteau, MS, M.Ed., Founder and Executive Director
Jennifer Gaspard, MS, LPC/ATR, Art Therapist
Megan Parrish, MS, Art Therapist
Soni Parsons, MHR (LPC, ATR Candidate)


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted at any time prior to the seminar date; however, a $25 fee will be charged for cancellations made within four full business days of the seminar date. Cancellations, refunds, or transfers will not be accepted on or after the seminar date.