Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services
Brief Conflict Intervention (Alberta)
Type of service
Family Court Services
Brief Conflict Intervention (BCI) is a service for parties who are parenting apart and having difficulties resolving a parenting dispute. Up to ten hours of solution-focused intervention from a specialized clinician is provided. The clinician helps the parents to better understand the needs of their children during separation or divorce, to gain greater understanding of the conflict and its effects on their children, and to reach an agreement (when possible) regarding their specific dispute.
At the end of the intervention, the clinician completes a report summarizing the issues covered, those resolved and those remaining in dispute. The report does not contain recommendations, and it is available to the Court.
This Program has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing future court activity.
Pilot or ongoing service
Resolution and Court Administration Services, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
How to access this service
Brief Conflict Intervention may be ordered by a Judge; Referrals can also be made by lawyers, mediators, family professionals, or the parties themselves. Both parties must agree to participate in the intervention, and are required to attempt mediation prior to accessing this service. There should be no active Child Intervention involvement or family violence issues being addressed by the court.
[ Service(s) offered ]
The program is available at no cost when one or both parties earn less than $40,000 per year.
Governing legislation/legislative authority
Court of Queen’s Bench Family Law Practice Note 7- Interventions
Family Law Act Part 4 Section 98-Courses and Programs
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