2024 Advance Training Series

In 2024 My Collaborative Team is back for our Advance Training Series. This year our theme focuses on the importance of the neutral professionals in building the best team dynamics. We will learn the best techniques for assembling a Collaborative team and how to best utilize the neutral professionals including different ways to integrate them into the Process. Our sessions will take place on the 4th Thursday of every month, typically at 1pm EST unless otherwise noted.

This Advance Training Series is free and open to all My Collaborative Team members. Each session will run 55-mins and will include one CLE credit for all who attend. CEU credit will be available for a small additional processing fee. Single-session attendance will be available for a fee to those non-members interested in joining the training.

Reaching Diverse Markets for a Thriving and Profitable ADR Business

Session 006: July 25, 2024 - 1pm EST

Making the paradigm shift to an all ADR practice can be exciting. But making sure you have enough clients to keep your practice fed can sometimes be challenging. This workshop focuses on tried and true marketing principles to help you grow your business by reaching people needing our services from diverse communities and backgrounds.

Presented by Shawn Weber, JD


The Forgiveness Myth: Radical Acceptance as a Gateway to Love and Freedom in Collaborative Process

Session 005: May 23, 2024 - 1pm EST

How do we make a conscious effort to acknowledge and honor difficult situations and emotions in Collaborative Process? Healing the hurts of our clients while working with them to accept that we cannot change what caused them pain is often a challenge and can impede the Collaborative Process. Learn strategies to help clients consider forgiveness of themselves and not necessarily the individual who caused the pain. Radical acceptance is a helpful tool to lead Collaborative professionals and clients away from suffering and judging to acknowledging emotions.

Presented by Rebecca Fischer, Anthony Diaz, Candice Saketkoo, Thabatta Mizrahi


Managing Dominating Parties in The Collaborative Process

Session 004: April 25, 2024 - 1pm EST

In this one-hour advanced training, participants will delve into the intricate dynamics of managing parties often referred to as "Emotional Predators" within collaborative processes. These individuals, characterized by traits associated with personality disorders, possess a propensity to dominate, control, or hijack collaborative endeavors, presenting significant challenges to effective teamwork and consensus-building.

Through a combination of theoretical insights and practical strategies, participants will learn how to identify the signs of emotional predation within group settings. They will explore nuanced techniques for establishing boundaries, fostering a culture of respect, and mitigating power struggles that can derail collaborative efforts.

Presented by Steven Wolhandler, JD, MA, LPC


Tips and Techniques to Bring Your Client’s Spouse into the Collaborative Process

Session 003: March 28, 2024 - 1pm EST

Do you feel like you are hitting a roadblock in creating Collaborative matters?  Sure, you can convince one spouse, but how the hell do you get the other spouse on board?  In this interactive 90-minute workshop, learn from one of the most experienced Collaborative Attorneys in Florida on specific techniques he uses to enroll the other spouse.  Topics addressed will include dual, interdisciplinary, and full team consultations; tailoring a message and method to the other spouse; and crafting a Collaborative model to fit the family rather than trying to squeeze the family into a Collaborative model.  As part of this workshop, you will also get sample scripts and communications to immediately put to use in your own practice. 

Adam B. Cordover is co-author with Forrest “Woody” Mosten of an American Bar Association book on Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice.  He is a member of the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and recipient of the inaugural Visionary Award of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  In 2015, Adam’s firm, Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm, stopped accepting litigation cases.  Now he has offices in Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and Sarasota, and he represents clients virtually throughout the State of Florida. 

Presented by Adam B. Cordover


Cooperation and Teamwork Amongst The Neutrals!

Session 002: February 22, 2024 - 1pm EST

Join us for an immersive and advanced training session focused on exploring the pivotal role of neutral professionals within the Collaborative Process framework. Designed for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding and refine their skills in facilitating collaborative resolutions, this training delves into the nuanced dynamics of teamwork and cooperation among neutral professionals.

Presented by Carol Hughes, Amy Clews, Ed Sachs, and Sheila Furr


Collaborative Practice Starting in the Middle!

Session 001: January 25, 2024 - 1pm EST

An effective Collaborative Process aims to include all professional team members from the outset, and this remains a supportive and highly effective approach. However, if we're being honest, this approach has struggled to take off in many parts of the world. Many mediators, collaborative neutrals - and even collaborative lawyers - meet clients every day who are resistant to getting lawyers involved, and many lawyers face resistance to including other professional team members. Far too often, no amount of education or "selling CP" will soften that initial resistance. Join Jacinta Gallant for a frank and informative webinar about how “starting in the middle” can respect client autonomy and lead to better client engagement while allowing, and indeed encouraging, the building of the CP team from there.

Presented by Jacinta Gallant