Want to be a Better Collaborative Practitioner?

Want to be a Better Collaborative Practitioner?

The Art and Science of Multidisciplinary Collaborative Teamwork: A 4-Session Online Seminar
Kate Scharff, MSW

July 2020

Beyond Competence: The Art and Science of Multidisciplinary Collaborative Teamwork

Multidisciplinary teamwork is at the core of Collaborative practice. When professionals can build relationships characterized by trust and respect and take the time to learn and internalize the requisite skills, deep, durable and transformational outcomes are possible. But sharing the Collaborative sandbox is hard work, even for seasoned practitioners. Each interaction reveals potential hot buttons to push and landmines to trigger. A seven-way meeting can feel like an emotional billiard table — communications and metacommunications crossing and re-crossing at multiple angles, in real time at light speed.

In this seminar we will apply lessons from psychodynamic theory, mindfulness and conflict resolution to describe a comprehensive model for enlightened team practice.  Using a mix of didactic, interactive and experiential learning, we will explore such issues as:

– Divorce as a developmental breakdown in the life of a couple and family and implications for our work
– The human relationship to change, “The Three Conditions for Positive Change,” and how to create/apply them in the Collaborative container
– Understanding our clients’ emotional dance and the impact of their dynamics on team functioning
– Learning to notice on a deep level; containment, empathy, attunement and listening with “involved impartiality”
– The importance of self-awareness, and managing unconscious bias
– Team function and dysfunction–repairing and learning from team ruptures and “enactments”
– Working with difficult colleagues
– The essence of advanced technique
– Unconscious competence; harnessing our intuition

Approach. This seminar is intended to be highly interactive in order to maximize learning. It will belimited to 25 attendees. Each must commit to attend the entire course (all 4 online sessions). Sessions will be on consecutive Thursdays from 9:00-11:15 AM PDT, commencing July 9, 2020.  Participants must have a computer with webcam and broadband Internet service.

This seminar will require learners to examine their emotional strengths and vulnerabilities; we will need to work together to build an environment of trust and safety in which to share. To protect our process, no applicant with scheduling conflicts that would prevent them from attending all four sessions will be accepted.

Minimum prerequisites for attendees. Participants must have completed at least one Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training (minimum of three days), as well as mediation training. An additional intermediate training is preferred. Additionally, participants must have participated in a minimum of five team cases, be IACP members, and belong to a practice group.

IACP Whole Group Members – $275
IACP Individual Members – $295

Applications are now being accepted.  Those selected to participate will be notified by IACP with registration details.
Application fees (less a $25 processing fee) are refundable prior to June 26th, 2020 5pm PST to please contact info@collaborativepractice.com ensure your refund is processed. After June 26th, 2020  refunds (less a $75 processing fee) will only be processed if we are able to fill the space from the waitlist.

Active IACP members are asked to complete the below application form. Admission will be limited to 25 participants. We will consider anyone who meets requirements but will attempt to create a balance between financial neutrals, attorneys and mental health professionals while sticking as closely as possible to a first-come-first-serve policy. Any applicant meeting the participation criteria who is not accepted may be placed on a waiting list.

COURSE APPLICATION: https://www.collaborativepractice.com/registrant-application-beyond-competence-four-session-online-training-seminar

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

Collabortive Divorce is an an out-of-court way to resolve your divorce disputes in a respectful, non-adversarial manner. Never heard of Collaborative Divorce? Heard of it, but want to know more? In this episode of my divorce advice podcast, we are again joined by family law attorney Suzy Eckstein. Together we explain and demystify the important aspects of Collabortive Divorce– what it is, how it works, and what makes it different from all other divorce process options. We address common questions and concerns, such as “What is the difference between Collaborative Divorce and mediation?”, “How much does Collaborative Divorce cost?”, “My spouse and I communicate pretty well, do we really need Collaborative Divorce?”, “Is it true that if I end up having to go to court I’ll lose my lawyer?”, “What if my ex isn’t the collaborative sort?”, “What if I have a secret I don’t want to disclose?”, “What if I’m worried my spouse is hiding something?”, “What if my spouse is abusing drugs?”, “What if there is violence in our family?”, and more.

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

How to Find the Right Divorce Lawyer for YOU

How to Find the Right Divorce Lawyer for YOU

You’ve decided to get divorced (or your spouse has decided for you)… Where to begin?

In this episode of my Divorce on Planet Earth podcast, Jane and I are joined by experienced family law attorney Suzy Epstein. Together we take on the confusing questions “How can I find a good divorce lawyer who is right for me?”, and “What are the the different ways to get divorced?” We then turn our attention to other common questions, such as “How much is this going to cost, and can I get my spouse to pay for it?, “How long is this going to take?”, “How can I get my spouse to move out?”, “What if my spouse takes me to court?”, “Do we have to get attorneys?”, “Can we make do with one attorney?”, “What is the difference between mediation and Collaborative Divorce?”… and many more. Here’s the showlink: Episode 23 Part I: Finding the Right Divorce for You: What are Your Options and How do You Choose? . If you want to learn more, here’s an article I wrote for HuffPost: Shoppng for a Divorce Lawyer: One Size Doesn’t Fit All. And here are links to resources we discussed in the show…

How to find family lawyer extraordinaire Suzy Eckstein

How to find a list of family lawyers near you: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

How to find a family mediator near you: Academy of Professional Family Mediators

How to find a Collaborative Divorce professional near you: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals