Basic Collaborative Divorce Training Set For Dec. 11-12


The Collaborative Family Law Act was signed into law in Ohio earlier this year. The bill allows families to work out divorce settlements in more open, voluntary meetings that include the involved parties, their attorneys and any other professionals. Those other professionals are called divorce coaches who are specially trained counselors, social workers, and psychologists. They may also include financial neutrals who are specially trained financial planners, business valuation experts, and accountants. What is so special about this process is that the couple, attorneys and other team members sign a contract that states that none of the professionals can participate in divorce litigation between the couple. We limit our scope of representation. Read more...

This two-day training is taught by an experienced team that includes two lawyers, a divorce coach and a financial neutral. They are pioneers and leaders in the Ohio Collaborative Community. They have conducted multiple trainings in collaborative divorce for the Center for Principled Family Advocacy.

During the training, participants will be introduced to the collaborative divorce process and provided skill-building in:
Communication skills and principle/interest-based negotiation
Impasse and strategies to move forward
Matching your skills to the complexity of the case
Building a collaborative practice

Audience: social workers (LSW and LISW), counselors, psychologists, attorneys, financial planners, accountants, and valuation experts.

Format: The training will be highly engaging. It combines a blend of instruction, simulation and case studies.

Topics include:
The collaborative divorce statute
Interest based negotiation
Reflective listening and non-judgmental communication
The Paradigm Shift - learning the new walk

Teaching Team:
Amy Wirtz, JD
Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh, MSSA, LISW-S, CNM
Jonetta Kapusta-Dorogi, JD
Rebecca Murphy, JD, FDP, CDFP

Dates/times: Wed., Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 am-4:30 pm each day (lunch provided)

Location: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
11235 Bellflower Rd.
on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH 44106

Fee: $350
Includes 2 days of instruction, parking, 13 CEUs for social workers, counselors and psychologists, including 1 hour ethics, 13 CLEs for lawyers, including 1 hour ethics



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