8:30-9 a.m. - Networking and Registration
9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker
SPEAKER: Thomas Behan, C.P.A.
Lori Caldwell-Carr, J.D.
Jennifer Frank, J.D. Barbara E. Kelly, Ph.D.
TOPIC: Why Cut What Can Be Untied? A Collaborative Practice Update for Mental Health Counselors
This year marks 25 years since Collaborative Practice was first introduced in the United States and to the family law community. Since its inception, Collaborative Practice has spread around the world supported by thousands of professionals with the common goal of transforming how conflict is resolved worldwide through Collaborative Practice. Here in Central Florida we have an active Collaborative Practice Group comprised of over 100 trained Collaborative professionals who support families though the transition of divorce and separation (and in some cases reconciliation) with the assistance of a specialized team of professionals comprised of attorneys, financial professionals and mental health professionals. The purpose of this presentation is to invite mental health counselors to learn more about the Collaborative process; to discuss the important roles mental health counselors have in the Collaborative process; and to provide an update about what we have learned over the past 8-10 years regarding how to best serve families through the Collaborative process.
1. Distinguish the unique characteristics of Collaborative Practice and how the Collaborative process differs from a litigated divorce.
2. Name the benefits to families and children of utilizing the Collaborative process.
3. Identify the stages of the Collaborative process and the various roles a mental health counselor may assume in a Collaborative Family Law case.
4. Know how to access national, state and local resources to learn more about Collaborative Practice, make referrals to Collaboratively trained professionals, and participate in trainings to become Collaboratively trained.