SOLUTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
This is one of the things we do best.
My approach is solution focused so that we clearly understand your concerns
and then support you in developing a clear and realistic plan.
Goals for change are developed and where appropriate, homework assignments are suggested to assist individuals, couples and families to try out new and more effective solutions. Advice, feedback and practical suggestions by the counsellor give you an objective and professional perspective on their concerns.
My approach not only helps to improve communication
but also uncovers the root causes of conflicts.
Bob Finlay has 48 years experience as a Registered Family Therapist, over 25 years experience as a Certified Family Mediator and 11 years as a Parenting Coordinator.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU
Bob Finlay has been conducting parenting plan evaluations for 25 years and completed over 70 Section 211 reports. He has been an Expert Witness at the Supreme Court Level in BC and the Family and Provincial Court Level in Ontario. Please call him directly for more information or to consult on the usefulness of an assessment in your case.
Total fees are determined by the number of adults and children to be interviewed, collateral references, volume of documents to be reviewed, and travel costs.
In the event that parents cannot agree on issues related to custody, guardianship, residence for the children, access, allegations of abuse and other parenting issues, they can request that the Court order a Section 211, Family Law Act assessment whereby a mental health professional evaluates the situation and provides recommendations for resolution. A parenting plan can also be agreed to by consent between the parties without a court order.
The process is comprehensive and involves gathering information from a variety of sources including the parents, the children, extended family, professionals and friends who are familiar with the parents and the children. Psychological testing is utilized where appropriate. A detailed report is written which includes recommendations on the issues in dispute between the parties. The parents typically use the recommendations to reach a settlement without having to go to court and becoming involved in an expensive trial.
FEES $2300- $3800
VIEWS OF THE CHILD REPORTS
Bob Finlay has completed over 180 Views of the Child Reports.
In the event that parents cannot agree on issues related to custody, guardianship, residence for the children, parenting time, allegations of abuse and other parenting issues, they can request that the Court order a Views of the Child Report whereby a mental health professional interviews the child and reports back the child’s views on specific issues. A Views of the Child Report can also be agreed to by consent between the parties without a court order.
These issues include the child’s preferred residence, preferred school, their views on access and visits and any other issues in which the parents would like the child’s opinion to be heard. A Views of the Child Report does not provide recommendations as it is only intended to clarify the child’s opinions and feelings about an issue affecting them.
The process typically involves interviewing each of the parents and then interviewing each child twice. Each of the parents is asked to bring the child to one interview to guard against either parent influencing the child’s views. Each child is administered the Family Relations Test as well as other information gathering tools which gives valuable information about the child’s feelings and perceptions about their family. A detailed report is written and the parents typically use the report to help reach a settlement without having to go to court and becoming involved in an expensive trial.
Criminal Behavior Assessments
In the event that a person is charged or convicted of a criminal offence that could be linked to relationship and emotional/psychological problems, an assessment is conducted with an analysis of the person’s issues and recommendations for treatment that may assist the Court in determining an appropriate course of action.
There are specific situations where a specialized assessment can provide recommendations that may assist the Court and/or the parties involved to make decisions regarding a settlement.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents not only suffer from physical injuries but emotional injuries as well. This can result in Post Traumatic Stress with symptoms of anxiety, sleep disturbances and loss of confidence. The individual is interviewed and assessed for psychological injuries. A written report is provided with a treatment plan.
Alcohol and Drug Assessments
In the event that a person is suspected of having an alcohol and/or drug problem that is affecting their work or personal life, a specialized assessment is conducted involving interviews and written tests. Recommendations for treatment are provided as part of the assessment.