Who We Are

MAGAL is a professional organization of mental health professionals, attorneys, family service officers, judges, and academics who work in and with the Probate and Family Courts that are charged with resolving disputes over the custody of children. 


Members of MAGAL include judges, attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health counselors, visitation supervisors and family service officers. Membership, is by application, subject to board approval, is open to professionals with a practice or interest in child custody. 


Magal’s “Virtual” Conference

Available for Rebroadcast


May I Speak Freely?” - The Interplay of Therapeutic Privilege, Confidentiality,

and Family Law


This conference will outline and discuss the following key topics:

  • ·        Misconceptions regarding confidentiality and therapeutic privilege;
  • ·        Complexities associated with obtaining and performing privilege waivers for minor children; and
  • ·        The ramifications for GALs, PCs, therapists, and other professionals in family law.


Join us “online” to learn from our distinguished panel of experts about confidentiality and privilege, their effect on GAL evaluations and investigations, or on working as part of a therapeutic team.   Learn about therapeutic privilege for children and adults, the state of the law on confidentiality and privilege, and the practical applications of waivers.


Honorable Randy Kaplan (Ret.)

Beth Aarons, J.D., M.S.W.

John Baker, Ph.D.

Richard Novitch, J.D.

Joanne Romanow, J.D.


COST:   $35 MAGAL members; $50 Non-members

(Including written materials to be provided online.)


CEUs Applied For: 3.5 hours for NASW, CPCS/CAFL & PC

3.5 credit hours awarded for: Psychology, LMFT and GAL certification




Our mission is primarily one of education.  First and foremost, we educate our members about legal and clinical best practices.

ongoing Activities

Every Other Friday at 1pm

Every other Friday at 1pm we host a zoom called the PC Discussion Group.  Click the link below to join.

PC Discussion Group - Every other Friday at 1pm

(Membership in either MAGAL or AFCC-MA is required to join meetings.)

MAGAL and MAGAL/AFCC Zoom Open Discussion Meetings 

Wednesdays at noon

Every Wednesday at noon we host a zoom discussion called the GAL discussion group. Click the link below to join.

GAL Discussion Group - Wednesdays at Noon

(Membership in either MAGAL or AFCC-MA is required to join meetings.)

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Masschusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem, Inc.

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