Your Family Matters – Talk Radio

Your Family Matters


Hosted by Cyndy Morin

Your family matters is a talk radio program with expert information about family law issues, various dispute resolution practices and other services concerning the law and how it relates to your family, because “Your Family Matters!“

Host, Cyndy Morin, is a family lawyer with Resolve Legal Group. A boutique family law firm dedicated to client-centered, holistic legal services with the offices located in Calgary and surrounding areas. The unique delivery of client-focused comprehensive services Resolve Legal Group provides is known for and its structure to address clients’ legal matter for families based on their individual and family needs with differing community supports.

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Client Support Services Program

Special Guest: Ali Clark

Client Support Services Program


Ali graduated from the Criminal Justice Program in 2004. Post-graduation Ali spent 11 years working for Alberta Justice in the Provincial Court of Alberta as a Judicial Clerk and Non-Presiding Justice of the Peace. Ali then decided to apply her experience, skills and legal knowledge into the private sector and joined Resolve Legal Group. Ali has many years of firsthand family law experience and a vast understanding of the inner workings of the Family Law Act.

Ali takes pride in providing clients with compassionate and personalized care. Because Resolve Legal Group takes a holistic family systems approach to our clients’ family matters, Ali’s team function and focus is threefold:

First, to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment. Ali ensures that our clients experience a sense of support from the first phone call through to the conclusion of the client’s file. Ali uses her experience and training to ask relevant and appropriate questions to help determine a client’s specific legal requirements and match them with a member of our Resolve Legal Group team that will best suit their needs.

Second, throughout the client’s legal matter, Ali remains a constant support and resource. Ali provides client support by coordinating community resources to those clients who may require additional social supports throughout their legal process. Ali’s coordination of services includes arranging counselling, budget assistance, job skills training, education inquiries, arranging parent coordination services, arranging supervision services, and so much more as the list of services is indeed exhaustive. Whatever additional assistance our clients require during their time of family transition, Ali is sure to find and arrange those services on behalf of the client.

Third, because quality control and client satisfaction is one of our top priorities at Resolve Legal Group, Ali acts as a type of ombudsman on behalf of our clients. It is Ali’s additional role to ensure clients are receiving the best possible service with the lawyer the client has been matched with.

All these client support coordinated services are provided at no additional cost to our clients.

When not at the office, Ali enjoys an active lifestyle. On the warm days, and even the not so warm days, she is likely to be cruising down the highway on her motorcycle, or carving down the path on her longboard. She also loves spending time laughing and dancing with her loving partner and hanging out with her beautiful children.

Both our clients and our team members agree that Ali provides an invaluable and unprecedented service to our clients.

Parental Alienation in Child Custody Disputes

Special Guest: April Byers

Parental Alienation in Child Custody Disputes


April C. Byers

April has been a registered psychologist for over 12 years. She has also trained as a Family Mediator through the Legal Education Society of Alberta. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology, M.Sc., in Neuroscience and has also completed post-graduate work in the areas of neurological trauma, social justice, educational psychology and disability studies. She recently returned to school to complete a PhD in Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the assessment and treatment of children and parents experiencing high conflict during separation or divorce.

April is in private practice and has also worked with Family Justice Services for almost 10 years. In addition to her private practice, she works with children in the school system on a part-time basis. She has also taught courses, and given seminars or presented locally (Calgary, Lacombe, Ponoka, U of C., MRU) as well as internationally (Palestine Avenir Foundation, Gaza, Australia). Currently she is also involved in the Reformulation of Family Justice Services in Alberta.

Men of Divorce “He Said” Forum

Panel Discussion

Men of Divorce “He Said” Forum


Panel discussion about divorce. These men are open and honest and candid about what led to the demise of their relationship and how they pulled their lives back together.

Women of Divorce “She Said” Forum

Panel Discussion

Women of Divorce “She Said” Forum


Panel discussion about divorce. These women are open and honest and candid about what led to the demise of their relationship and how they pulled their lives back together.

Effective Communication Strategies through Separation and Divorce

Special Guest: Andrea Larochelle

Effective Communication Strategies through Separation and Divorce


Andrea LaRochelle – High Conflict Separation and Divorce Strategist & April Byers – Registered Psychologist & Family Mediator through the Legal Education Society of Alberta.

DBB Alternate Resolution Program

Special Guests: Pat Blocksom & Sandy Vander Ziel

DBB Alternate Resolution Program


This weeks episode introduces the “DBB Application Resolution Program ‘DAR’: A new and innovative alternative to Court.”

Special Guests: Pat Blocksom & Sandy Vander Ziel

Your Family Matters features expert information about family law issues, and various dispute resolution practices and other services concerning the law and how it relates to your family, because “Your Family Matters!”

Equal does not always mean equal in Family Law Tax

Special Guest: Sharon Numerow

Equal does not always mean equal in Family Law Tax


Sharon is a passionate certified Divorce Financial Analyst and Tax Professional who has been educating and empowering men and women going through divorce for almost a decade. She specializes in educating men and women and other divorce professionals on the financial and tax implications of the decisions to be made in divorce negotiations.

Impact of Exposure to High Conflict on Children

Special Guest: April C. Byers

Impact of Exposure to High Conflict on Children


Host Cyndy Morin of “Your Family Matters” talks with April C. Byers and the Impact of Exposure to High Conflict on Children. This is an amazing discussion and one you want to hear if you have children and are going through a separation or divorce.

Children of Divorce

Panel + Joanne Ginter

Children of Divorce


Host Cyndy Morin talks with Children of Divorce during the first half of show; and speaks with Joanne Ginter of the Calgary Counselling Center during the second half of the show.

Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts

Special Guests: Dr. Larry Fong & Pat Blocksom

Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts


Host Cyndy Morin talks with Dr. Larry Fong & Pat Blocksom about how Mediation can help in Family and Divorce Conflict.

Dr. Larry Fong is a Registered Psychologist (1982). His 20+ years international consulting practice spans the areas of business, legal and personal consultation. Dr. Fong has a permanent teachers certificate, and has taught at all grade levels. As a psychologist his awareness of the complexities of child custody, parenting issues or access problems within the context of a psycho-legal arena have resulted in his being called by The Judiciary to provide his professional skills as a mediator and arbitrator. He has also taught mediation and arbitration worldwide.

Pat Blocksom has been a partner with Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP since 1990. She is a skilled senior matrimonial lawyer and her practice emphasizes negotiated resolutions to complex property, support and custody settlements. Pat’s current practice focuses on mediation, arbitration and assisted negotiations. Pat is involved in international human rights and poverty issues and was a director on two Canadian charitable foundations: Partners in the Horn of Africa, which funds sustainable development in Ethiopia, and Future Generations Canada, which supported community based programs in health care, education and rebuilding civil society in Afghanistan. She has traveled extensively throughout rural Ethiopia to work on projects that focus on water development, education, HIV prevention and support, reforestation and orphan fostering.

Stress Management through Separation and Divorce

Special Guest: Jo-Ann Pawliw

Stress Management through Separation and Divorce


Host Cyndy Morin talks with Jo-Ann Pawliw, Certified Emotional Fitness Coach, Licensed Stress and Performance Coach

Jo-Ann has trained specifically over the last decade, to help her clients (and herself) build more resilience, stay calm under pressure and lead themselves with integrity and accountability. Trained in leading edge strategies, and evidence based models from Harvard and HeartMath in California, Jo-Ann coaches CEO’s, Leaders, Managers, elite golfers and other athletes to perform at their best in the difficult moments.

Today, she shares how YOU CAN manage stress through separation and divorce.

Finding the Money: Forensic Audits in Family Law Matters

Special Guest: Rivard, CA·IFA, CFE

Finding the Money: Forensic Audits in Family Law Matters


Host Cyndy Morin talks with Bailey Rivard, CA·IFA, CFE, a member of MNP’s Investigative and Forensic Services team in Calgary.

Bailey has focused a significant part of her practice on matrimonial disputes, including collaborative files. She prepares income determinations in complex child and spousal support claims and assists with matrimonial property disputes, including claims for exempt property and dissipation of assets.

Today, she shares how YOU CAN FIND THE MONEY while going through a separation and divorce.

Voice of the Child – Representation in Family Law

Special Guest: Julie Hart LLB

Voice of the Child – Representation in Family Law


Joining Host Cyndy Morin is Special Guest: Julie Hart LLB from Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre.

The Dos and Don’ts in Family Court

Special Guest: Hon. Provincial Court Judge T. LaRochelle

The Dos and Don’ts in Family Court


Joining Host Cyndy Morin is Special Guest: Hon. Provincial Court Judge T. LaRochelle

Setting Healthy Boundaries In Relationships

Special Guest: Dr. Raksha Dave-Gates

Setting Healthy Boundaries In Relationships


Dr. Raksha Dave-Gates

Raksha is a Registered Psychologist in independent private practice counselling adult individuals, couples and families. She completed her B.Sc. in Psychology (with Distinction) and M.Sc. in Clinical (Community) Psychology at the University of Calgary with her Ph.D. in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She has over 15 years of counselling experience giving respect to relationship and cultural contexts. She works collaboratively with child and pediatric psychologists to support the family when needed. Raksha specializes in the treatment of: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, life stage transitions, stress management, assertiveness and self‐esteem enhancement. She offers counselling services in English, Hindi and Gujarati. She is an active member of The College of Alberta Psychologists and Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Parent Coordination

Special Guest: Lorri Yasenik

Parent Coordination


Lorri Yasenik Ph.D., RSW, CPT-S, RPT-S

Lorri is a Registered Family Mediator, Registered Parenting Coordinator-Arbitrator, Registered Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist and Child Specialist based in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Lorri is the Past President of the Alberta Family Mediation Society and the 2010 recipient of the John Haynes Award for outstanding contributions to Family Mediation. Lorri provides child psychotherapy and play therapy and is the Co-Director of Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute and owns a Private Practice Counseling and Consulting Group. She delivers national and international training related to children’s issues and specialized child and play therapies. As a result of her doctoral work Lorri is currently co-delivering a skills-based training program nationally and internationally on the Child-Centered Continuum Model: A Four Level Approach to Including Children’s Voices in Separation and Divorce to Legal practitioners, Mediators, Parenting Coordinators and Counselors.

Cross-Border Abductions

Special Guest: Max Blitt QC

Cross-Border Abductions


Max Blitt QC

Max Blitt was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1975 and is currently an associate of the law firm of Spier Harben. He practices primarily in Family Law, Real Estate, Wills and Estates. Max has also had extensive experience dealing with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions. He has personally been involved in assisting clients and legal counsel to recover children that have been abducted by parents and relatives Internationally and to other Provinces in Canada. In addition to International Children’s issues, Max works with counsel in foreign countries in dealing with support and property issues involving Canada and foreign jurisdictions, such as the United States, UK, and the Middle East. Max is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Canada Family Mediation, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (International), Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Law Society of England and Wales and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a Court Appointed Dispute Resolution Officer with the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (2006 to present), a Negotiations / Advocacy Assessment Instructor for the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education 2008-to the present (Bar Admission Course), and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in December 2013. Max’s interests include martial arts (former Karate / Kung Fu Instructor), skiing, physical fitness, reading, and travel.

Sex and Porn Addiction in Marriage

Special Guest: Kim Busch

Sex and Porn Addiction in Marriage


Kim is a Registered Psychologist at Calgary Counselling Centre. She has a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. She has continued to stay current with new developments in psychology through ongoing training.

Kim completed the CSAT training from the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. She does specialized counselling for addicts and partners suffering with sexual addiction.

Kim has completed specialized training in domestic violence over the past 8 years. She has worked with both perpetrators and victims of domestic violence in individual and group settings. Kim is the Associate Director of Clinical Counselling at the Calgary Counselling Centre. Within this role she has the pleasure of overseeing the training programs that provide practicum and residency experiences for new social work and psychology professionals. She loves being able to be part of helping new counsellors build their skills and be ready for professional practice.

Infant Mental Health Assessments and the Impact on Child Custody Matters Reunification Therapy

Special Guest: Evelyn Wootherspoon

Infant Mental Health Assessments and the Impact on Child Custody Matters Reunification Therapy


Evelyn is a social worker and “Zero To Three” fellow who has devoted her career to high-risk children and families. For the last decade she has been providing infant mental health training and consultations to divorcing parents, health care professionals, mental health professionals, child welfare workers, lawyers, and judges throughout Alberta and B.C. and Northwest Territories. Evelyn has authored papers on the needs of vulnerable infants and toddlers for a variety of publications. She has 25 years of experience working with high-risk children and families in mental health, child development and child protection settings. She is currently in private practice.

Reunification Therapy

Special Guest: Jean Dunbar

Reunification Therapy


Jean is a Certified Play Therapist and Play Therapist Supervisor registered with the Canadian Play Therapy Association, as well as, a Registered Social worker. She has worked in the area of domestic violence with families for twenty years. Jean’s interests include how trauma affects early brain development and she has participated in a research study on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics developed by Dr. Bruce Perry. Jean is a skilled facilitator having presented nationally and internationally at more than 25 conferences. She completed her graduate training at the University of Lethbridge and has been working in the mental health field since 1999. Her work experience includes counselling, program development, facilitating workshops, supervision and executive management. Jean has a private practice providing counselling to children and their parents.

Judicial Settlement Conferencing

Special Guest: Judge Nancy Flatters

Judicial Settlement Conferencing


Nancy Flatters, LL.M., is a non-sitting Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary Family and Youth Court. Prior to her appointment to the Bench in July 1996, she practiced law in Calgary, Alberta, including as a Q.C. during the last six months of her practice. Now as a volunteer, she teaches dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, settlement skills, domestic violence, child advocacy, and mentoring, amongst other areas, to the judiciary and other professionals. She has a long history of service to many volunteer organisations. She has a commitment to building bridges in her work and teaching. Join us today to learn about Judicial Settlement Conferencing and what it all means!

Domestic Violence Part 1: Court Supports For Victims

Special Guests: Christine Berry of CCC and Carrie McManus of PSSAW

Domestic Violence Part 1: Court Supports For Victims


Carrie McManus RSW Carrie is the Program Manager at Peer Support Services for Abused Women (PSSAW), a Calgary based grassroots agency that serves women at risk of or experiencing domestic violence. Carrie completed her Diploma in Social Work at Mount Royal University in Calgary AB and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University in Halifax NS. Prior to her time at PSSAW Carrie worked in program development, small business management and event coordination. Carrie has always found her most inspiring work environments to be those that grow out of the grassroots needs of the communities she is a part of. Carrie is a lifelong learner who believes that connecting with her community, sharing experiences with others and providing everyone with an opportunity to be heard is the best path towards wholeheartedness.

Domestic Violence Part 2: ID of/Support for Victims & Abusers in Domestic Conflict

Special Guests: Christine Berry of CCC and Carrie McManus of PSSAW

Domestic Violence Part 2: ID of/Support for Victims & Abusers in Domestic Conflict


Carrie McManus RSW Carrie is the Program Manager at Peer Support Services for Abused Women (PSSAW), a Calgary based grassroots agency that serves women at risk of or experiencing domestic violence. Carrie completed her Diploma in Social Work at Mount Royal University in Calgary AB and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University in Halifax NS. Prior to her time at PSSAW Carrie worked in program development, small business management and event coordination. Carrie has always found her most inspiring work environments to be those that grow out of the grassroots needs of the communities she is a part of. Carrie is a lifelong learner who believes that connecting with her community, sharing experiences with others and providing everyone with an opportunity to be heard is the best path towards wholeheartedness.

Festive Families: Managing Stress and Depression through the Holidays

Special Guests: Joanne Ginter

Festive Families: Managing Stress and Depression through the Holidays


Surviving an Affair

Special Guests: Cathy Keough

Surviving an Affair


Cathy is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and an approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor. Cathy has been in the counselling field for almost 25 years and has a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. Cathy has worked at the Calgary Counselling Centre – the leading research, training and knowledge-based counselling organization in Canada since 1997. She is currently the Director of Counselling Initiatives where she oversees the day-to-day operations of counselling programs. Prior to joining Calgary Counselling Centre she worked at the Distress Centre as a counsellor. Her areas of interest include: family violence, depression and anxiety, cross-cultural counselling, couples counselling and working with families. Cathy is also one of the lead trainers for Calgary Counselling Centre in Feedback Informed Treatment.

Confessions of a Private Investigator

Confessions of a Private Investigator


You must listen to this eye-opening and thought-provoking episode!

Child Abuse and Protection of Children

Panel: Detective Chad Titsing, Joanne Ginter & “Wheels”

Child Abuse and Protection of Children


Child Abuse and Protection of Children

Today’s episode is a panel discussion about child abuse and the protection of children.

Detective Chad Titsing of the Calgary Police Service’s Child Abuse Unit; Joanne Ginter of the Calgary Counselling Center and “Wheels” from Biker’s Against Child Abuse (BACA) join host Cyndy Morin for todays show.

Dads are Important: Paternal Relationships with Children and Father’s Rights

Special Guest: Patrick Dillon

Dads are Important: Paternal Relationships with Children and Father’s Rights


Patrick has been working for children and families for over 25 years. He began his career as a Youth Worker in Vancouver, BC and now as a Provincial Coordinator, the position he has been in since April 2011. Prior to joining the Alberta Fatherhood Initiative in April 2011, Patrick has worked for government and started several non-profit groups that promote healthy families. In his current role, he works with various organizations and fathers from across the province to encourage fathers to become involved with their families. He is very proud of the work that has been done and enjoys working with the many people that are passionate about building healthy families. As a father, step-father and mentor, he is looking forward to discussing the role of dads.

Collecting Child Support: Alberta Maintenance Enforcement Program and Provincial Recalculation Programs

Special Guest: Angela Kerr LLB

Collecting Child Support: Alberta Maintenance Enforcement Program and Provincial Recalculation Programs


Angela is the current Director of the Child Support Recalculation Program, which opened in December 2009. Angela was born in Edmonton, obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 1984 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1985. She practised law with a small firm in St. Albert for almost 13 years. Angela had a general practice with an emphasis on family law and held a number of executive positions with the Canadian Bar Association, Family Law North subsection, including Chair, Secretary and National Representative. Angela joined the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) in early 1999 and during her time with MEP, held a number of roles involving policy and legislation development. Her focus since 2006 has been on the Child Support Recalculation Program. She is married with one son.

Teens at Risk: Helping Teens cope with Family Changes in Divorce

Special Guest: Peter Choate

Teens at Risk: Helping Teens cope with Family Changes in Divorce


Peter is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Mount Royal University. He is an expert witness in the area of parenting capacity (including risk, domestic violence, and addictions). He has been qualified on over 150 occasions in the Provincial Court of Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer) and the Court of Queen’s Bench (Calgary and Medicine Hat). His research includes reviewing the ways in which First Nations peoples are being assessed for child protection. Dr. Choate has published extensively in the field of assessment and child protection.

Dating After Divorce: The Rollercoaster Ride of Recoupling

Panel Discussion

Dating After Divorce: The Rollercoaster Ride of Recoupling


Dating After Divorce: The Rollercoaster Ride of Recoupling

Cyndy Morin brings together a panel of 3 men and 3 women who open up about the roller coaster of dating after divorce.

Also joining the group is Registered Psychologist, Kim Busch, from the Calgary Counselling Centre.

Safe Visitation: A Discussion about Supervised Access

Special Guests: Trish Carter and Stacey Ashton

Safe Visitation: A Discussion about Supervised Access


Safe Visitation: A Discussion about Supervised Access

Cyndy Morin has a discussion about Supervised Access for Safe Visitation with Trish Carter, Executive Director of Families First Support Services and Stacey Ashton, Supervisor of Visitation Services and Child Support programs at the YWCA of Calgary.

Families First Support Services provides, Supervised Access, Virtual Visitation, Monitored Exchanges, Transportation and In-Home Assessments. As an organization that strives to provide exceptional services to families in need through their professional staff, the Families First Support Services team is guided by a set of core values that are shared by each and every member: Respect, empathy, commitment, safety, reliability, and confidentiality.

The YWCA of Calgary Visitation Services program is committed to providing a safe, secure and comfortable environment for children to reconnect with the non-custodial parent without the risk of further exposure to family violence or conflict.

Child Custody Intervention, Assessments and Reports

Special Guest: Stephen Carter, PhD

Child Custody Intervention, Assessments and Reports


Stephen Carter, PhD, is a registered psychologist in Edmonton, Alberta, who works with children, adolescents, and adults. Much of his work focuses on therapeutic interventions and assessments of families involved in high-conflict separation and divorce. He assists individuals and families in dealing with serious problems, including abuse, anxiety and depression, behavioural disorders, self-injurious behaviour, relationship problems, and post-traumatic stress.

Dr. Carter has presented frequently on topics such as Family Restructuring Therapy, high-conflict divorce, assessment, grief and loss, conflict resolution, behavioural disorders, school violence, stress management, ethics, and expert witness testimony. He is the author of Family Restructuring Therapy.

Cross Cultural Issues in Divorce

Special Guest: Max Blitt, Q.C.

Cross Cultural Issues in Divorce


Max Blitt, Q.C. has personally been involved in assisting clients and legal counsel to recover children that have been abducted by parents and relatives to other Provinces in Canada, the United States, Poland, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Italy, South Africa, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.

In addition to International Children’s issues, Max works with counsel in foreign countries in dealing with support and property issues involving Canada and foreign jurisdictions, such as the United States, UK, and the Middle East.

Narcissistic Personality Disorders

Special Guest: Dr. Tina Sinclair

Narcissistic Personality Disorders


Dr. Tina Sinclair, sits down with host Cyndy Morin, to discuss the delicate topic “Narcissistic Personality Disorders” and how they show up during separation and divorce.

Dividing Dollars

Special Guests: Brian Betts & Donna Carson

Dividing Dollars


Dividing Dollars: Transitioning One Household Budget into Two and Bankruptcy Concerns in Family Law Matters

Tax time and Divorce

Special Guest: Sharon Numerow

Tax time and Divorce


Divorce demands financial decision-making that will alter the rest of yours and possibly your children’s life. Most people have no knowledge of the specifics of the finances of divorce. Many are too emotional to make sound financial decisions regarding their future. Quite often poor choices are made, choices that are permanent. These decisions require the experience of a divorce professional who specializes in the analysis of divorce finances and divorce financial planning.

Stepfamily Foundation

Special Guests: Bev Nawdrick & Tess Jones

Stepfamily Foundation


The Stepfamily Foundation of Alberta is a not-for-profit based in Calgary, Alberta, that focuses exclusively upon the needs and concerns of stepfamilies. Their mission is to prevent stepfamily breakdown by providing a variety of services to assist stepfamilies address and resolve the difficulties that are characteristic of the stepfamily experience.