Dr. Daniel T. Ashbourne, C.Psych
Dr. Ashbourne has provided training on topics such as: “Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention”; “Cognitive Behavioural Interventions”, “High Conflict Divorce/Separations,” “Parental Alienation;” “Addictions, Rehabilitation, & Parenting”; “Meeting Children’s Needs in the Separation & Divorce Process”; “Enhancing Parenting Through Difficult Times: Promoting Positive Relationships Between Parent(s) and Child(ren)”; “Children Exposed to Domestic Violence and/or Abuse”; “Child Protection and the Law;” “The Overlap Between the Youth Criminal Justice Act and Child Protection”; “In the Middle and Friends”- an adult and children’s Divorce Education Program; “Role Playing and Anger Awareness” programming for youth; “Assessing Parenting Capacity”; Appropriate Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR); and, “Child Abuse and Family Violence”.
While working in Newfoundland, Dr. Ashbourne helped implement a “Child/Parent Resource Centre” in a local housing complex, which was funded by Health and Welfare Canada. Dr. Ashbourne and others at the London Family Court Clinic have participated in the development of research through the evaluation of “Mediation with Child Protection Cases,” as well as being on the steering committees for some new initiatives, such as “Therapeutic Access and Therapeutic Parenting Programs at Merrymount, “Helping Children Thrive – Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers”; and, a new parenting program called “Caring Dads” designed to promote healthier father-child relationships. The Caring Dads program is based on power and control dynamics. It was tested in London, Toronto, and Boston, for fathers with abusive parenting approaches. Dr. Ashbourne continues to consult on FASD initiatives with 14 community partners; “ADR-LINK”, which serves the Southwest region of Ontario & links various CAS agencies with ADR professionals, as families seek alternatives to court. Dr. Ashbourne has also assisted with the London Youth Poverty Reduction research efforts at LFCC; and, is working to help develop the new London-Middlesex Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.