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CALL FOR PRESENTERS: CPCal ‘Celebration 11’...

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: CPCal ‘Celebration 11’

April 29, 30 and May 1
Sofitel Hotel – Redwood Shores, California

Shawn Weber led a popular breakout session on blogging, social media, and websites.

CPCal President Shawn Weber led a popular breakout session on blogging, social media, and websites at Celebration 10.

Got skills? Come share them at the 2016 Collaborative Practice Celebration at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood Shores, CA April 29, 30 and May 1. Submit your proposal, or nominate a colleague, for an outstanding and dynamic workshop.

Our theme this year is Flourishing in Collaborative Practice – Building Professional and Public Confidence. Bring your best practices, tools, and tips, to encourage new members and strengthen our skills for the next decade of collaborative dispute resolution.

First Time Presenters, you are encouraged to apply! We look forward to creating a fantastic conference with your help.


Deadline for submitting proposals is October 16, 2015.


CP Cal is entering its second decade and the Celebration is around the corner.  We need excellent presenters like you to help us deliver a fantastic conference.

CP Cal’s Celebration 11, titled Flourishing in Collaborative Practice – Building Professional and Public Confidence, needs 90-minute and three-hour workshops on beginner, intermediate, and advanced subjects of interest, and one-hour plenary presentations to provide exceptional educational opportunities for our statewide multidisciplinary membership.

CP Cal is committed to training/mentoring new generations of collaborators, while ensuring the more experienced practitioner is developing and using best practices across each discipline.

Please submit workshop/training options that include an overview and practical tips and tools for the beginner as well as master level classes.  Workshops should provide opportunities to integrate skill-building and should appeal to varying skill and experience levels, so that practitioners at every level will gain useful “real world” skills. 

Attorney Laura Wasser's luncheon presentation was one of the most popular events at Celebration 10.

Attorney Laura Wasser’s luncheon presentation was one of the most popular events at Celebration 10.

Plenary Speakers

Have an idea for a motivational, inspirational, entertaining, and educational plenary for Friday night, Saturday or Sunday of the Celebration? Please consider making a proposal for a one-hour plenary.  Don’t want to speak yourself, but know of an outstanding speaker? Please encourage the speaker to apply, or contact us to reach out to the speaker.

Program Topic Suggestions

CPCal is committed to providing a program that will offer participants a broad range of workshop topics and formats for different skill levels. Based upon feedback received after Celebration 10 in 2015, we would like to include more programs focusing on the best practices aspects of Collaborative Practice across all disciplines and practical tools or methodologies for Collaborative Practice.

We list some suggested topics below that the Committee would like to see at the conference. Alternatively, please submit a proposal related to the conference theme.  Please note this list is not exhaustive, just a few suggestions:

  • Expanding our community with new ideas and applications of Collaborative Practice
    • Further expansion of civil Collaborative Practice
    • Trusts and Estates Collaborative Practice including:
      • Pre- and post-mortem Collaborative cases
      • Special needs children
    • Elder issues: elder-related and later-life divorce issues in Collaborative Practice
  • Models for building and maintaining cohesive and functional Collaborative teams
    • Efficiency in the Collaborative model
    • Building confidence and competence within your practice group
    • Managing clients’ expectations
    • How to avoid or deal with impasse in negotiations
    • Meeting facilitation skills for the neutral financial specialist or neutral coach
    • How to have difficult conversations with team members and/or clients
    • Best practices for team communication and/or relationships (e.g., agenda formation, proper preparation for meetings, minutes, time management, team communication and interface
  • Discussion and reflection on the various models of Collaborative Practice and how they do or do not meet the economic and emotional needs of potential clients, including:
    • Streamlined Collaborative models
    • Single coach model
    • Working with modest means cases
    • Pro-Bono Collaborative Practice Clinics
    • Advanced workshops for Mediators and Collaborators including transformative mediation and how to integrate mediation concepts into Collaborative Practice
  • How to enroll clients in Collaborative Practice
    • Assessment of appropriateness of clients for Collaborative Practice
    • Enrolling the client and the spouse
    • How to explain different divorce process options to potential clients
  • Business development/marketing your Collaborative Practice, including:
    • Information/education/training on practice development
    • Marketing
    • Business practices
    • Social networking strategies
    • Video blogging, etc.
  • Divorce Options training
  • Reaching out to professionals already engaged in Mediation or Cooperative Divorce processes who may be interested in learning about the Collaborative Divorce (“CD”) process
  • Diversity in practice, including:
    • LGBTQ, gender, age, socioeconomic class, ethnicity and culture
    • Issues facing men in divorce and issues facing women in divorce,
    • Grey or retiree divorce
  • Child and spousal support issues in the Collaborative environment
  • Interest-Based Negotiation: Here, the committee is looking for presenters who can teach the concrete fundamentals and basic theory of Interest-Based Negotiation (“IBN”) and the distinctions between IBN and other dominant negotiation models for the beginner and/or intermediate Collaborative practitioner. Additionally, we are looking for presentations that elaborate on the subtleties of the IBN model and that enhance intermediate and advanced practitioner negotiating skills through didactic and experiential modalities.
  • Children’s issues in Collaborative Practice
    • Current research regarding co-parenting and children of divorce issues
    • The role of the child specialist
    • Parenting plans for special needs children
    • Coaching and child specialist skills; coaching high-conflict couples; coaching through emotional issues, including anger and grief
    • Parenting plans for step-families
  • Growing practice groups
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Guidance regarding the duty to assess potential Collaborative clients as to domestic violence issues and educating the Collaborative community on the issues of domestic violence and coercive control
  • Financial neutral/specialist work and new and creative ways to use the different financial professionals

Skill-building topics including (please be creative and not limited to this list):

  • The topic of communication skills generally, including non-violent communication, and listening skills
  • Financial specialist skills
  • Family Law for the non-lawyer
  • Collaborative advocacy skills
  • Interviewing children in Collaborative cases
  • Specific strategies to help manage emotions for clients and professionals
  • How to help clients identify needs, interests, goals, and vision

The committee is specifically looking for presenters who can deliver an engaging, educational, and relevant workshop accommodating different adult learning styles (e.g., visual, aural, kinesthetic) and includes content that is innovative and practical. We are especially interested in tips and tools to implement the best practices in our field.

Program experience-level classification is based on the following:

  1. Beginner level: for attendees who are interested in taking a first-time training or have just completed their training and want to learn best practices and how best to build a strong Collaborative reputation
  2. Intermediate level: for attendees who have completed ten or more Collaborative cases
  3. Advanced level: for attendees who have completed twenty or more Collaborative cases with an emphasis on programs that will stimulate discussion and debate of challenging topics

Interested Presenters: Please fill out the Proposal Submission Form. If you are new to submitting proposals via the internet and/or prefer to submit via another method, please contact Erin Keller for assistance at 415-399-8380 or erin@cpcal.com.

For 90-minute and three-hour workshops, presenters will be awarded a $100 honorarium in the form of a registration discount, up to a maximum of $300 per workshop ($100 for each of three presenters). Each presenter shall receive no more than one $100 registration discount.  Honoraria for plenaries and pre-conference institutes are modest and negotiable.


Deadline for submitting proposals is October 16, 2015.


 

The Program Planning Committee of CP Cal is unable to guarantee consideration of incomplete proposals or those submitted after the deadline. CP Cal cannot guarantee acceptance of any program.

Learn Best Practices at Collaborative Conference in October...

Learn Best Practices at Collaborative Conference in October

Have you made plans yet for the upcoming training conference hosted by the Association of Divorce Financial Planners and the Center for Mediation & Training in New York from October 1 through 4? You still have time to register and benefit from this outstanding program.

Become part of a network for new ideas, update your skills and return home reinvigorated. CP Cal board member Stephanie Maloney is among the many expert presenters.

Don't miss this opportunity. Register today!

Don’t miss this opportunity. Register today!

For information and to register, visit this link.

Viral #DivorceSelfie Is All About Collaborative Practice...

Viral #DivorceSelfie Is All About Collaborative Practice
Sharon and Chris Neuman pose for a selfie after filing for divorce. Their photo has since gone viral. (Photo: CricketHD/YouTube)

Sharon and Chris Neuman pose for a selfie after filing for divorce. Their photo has since gone viral. (Photo: CricketHD/YouTube)

A Canadian couple’s “divorce selfie” featuring their smiling faces outside the courthouse after filing for divorce as a demonstration that they’re willing to work together to be good co-parents of their children has racked up tens of thousands of social media pages views.

It’s a commentary on how “unexpected” it seems to many people that a divorcing couple can set its differences aside for the good of their children.

It is something Collaborative Divorce professionals advocate and are fortunate enough to see frequently. If this seems like a better way to divorce to you or someone you know, use our “Locate a Professional” feature on our website here to find your regional Collaborative Divorce practice group and a family law attorney who offers Collaborative Divorce near you.

Training Opportunity in New York for Collaborative Financial Professionals Oct 1-4...

Training Opportunity in New York for Collaborative Financial Professionals Oct 1-4

Don't miss this opportunity for reduced fees, register today!

Reduced pricing is available through August 31 for the upcoming training conference hosted by the Association of Divorce Financial Planners and the Center for Mediation & Training in New York from October 1 through 4.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather while updating your skills and learning about best practices including a presentation by CP Cal board member Stephanie Maloney. You will reach a new level of insight you can implement immediately in your own practice.

For information and to register, visit this link.

 

Collaborative Practice Training A Hot Ticket In Los Angeles...

Collaborative Practice Training A Hot Ticket In Los Angeles

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Faculty members (left to right) Steven Garelick, Jaye-Jo Portanova, Stephanie Maloney, Kevin Chroman, Fred Glassman, Dr. Carol Hirshfield, Joe Spirito, and Theresa Heyes.

Faculty members (left to right) Steven Garelick, Jaye-Jo Portanova, Stephanie Maloney, Kevin Chroman, Fred Glassman, Dr. Carol Hirshfield, Joe Spirito, and Theresa Heyes.

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association members including Kevin Chroman, Steven Garelick, Fred Glassman, Theresa Heyes, Dr. Carol Hirschfield, Stephanie Maloney, Jaye-Jo Portanova and Joe Spirito provided Collaborative Practice Training to an enthusiastic group of 45 attendees including five law school students August 12-14 at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

The three-day training program covered topics including the history of Collaborative Practice; role of the professionals and how they work together as a team; qualifying clients and setting expectations for the process; problem solving; and practice outreach. Participants had the opportunity to put their skills to the test during case simulation exercises, working in Collaborative Practice teams.

Participants filled the classroom at the recent LACFLA Collaborative Practice Training at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

“Our participants gave us their full attention and were engaged and enthusiastic, especially during the role-playing exercises,” said Stephanie Maloney, training coordinator. “There was so much talent and insight in the classroom. Each of them will be an asset to the Collaborative community and we look forward to working with them to the benefit of our clients.”

A new, enthusiastic group of Collaborative professionals will now offer this healthy, respectful alternative to traditional divorce litigation. Thank you from CP Cal to the faculty and to everyone who participated. Welcome to the Collaborative Way!

Laura Wasser Supports Collaborative Divorce at Celebration 10...

Laura Wasser Supports Collaborative Divorce at Celebration 10
Laura Wasser addresses the luncheon audience at Celebration 10. Photo: David Kuroda

Laura Wasser addresses the luncheon audience at the Celebration 10 Conference. Photo: David Kuroda

 Family law attorney Laura Wasser, known for representing celebrity clients in Southern California during their divorces and similar legal matters in the spotlight, endorsed Collaborative Divorce during her keynote lunch presentation at Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal) Celebration 10 Conference in Los Angeles.

Wasser is a steadfast advocate for private, respectful divorce proceedings whenever possible, and she says Collaborative Divorce makes this possible. Wasser said any revolution must begin with responsible professionals, problem solvers ready to face the challenge of changing the way both professionals and their clients approach resolution.

First and foremost, Wasser says, we need to tell clients, “Don’t let someone in a black robe who doesn’t know you and your family make decisions for you,” and instead urge them to take control of their situation. “Involving clients in the process needs to happen. They have to talk to resolve issues,” said Wasser.

Laura Wasser (center) talks with conference attendees after her luncheon address at Celebration 10. Photo: David Kuroda

Laura Wasser (center) talks with conference attendees after her luncheon address at Celebration 10. Photo: David Kuroda

Wasser said many family law attorneys avoid Collaborative Practice and other forms of Consensual Dispute Resolution for one reason: it’s not easy. “Settling is sometimes much tougher than litigating,” Wasser admitted, which prevents more attorneys from being strong advocates for trying to work through issues outside the court system.

Wasser said the effort to educate more people begins on many levels, and will require the help of many partners. “It takes the law schools, bar associations, courts, and social media to educate about Collaborative Practice,” said Wasser. In particular, Wasser believes the education should start with the next generation of professionals. “Start talking to young attorneys about Collaborative Practice. This is how it needs to be done,” said Wasser.

Wasser’s book, “It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself,” urges couples to embrace healthier ways to divorce, including Collaborative Divorce. She says her book is a guide to divorce “for a new generation” of people who want to keep themselves and their children healthy and protected through the process.

Laura Wasser (center) at Collaborative Practice California's Celebration 10 Photo: David Kuroda

Laura Wasser (center) at Collaborative Practice California’s Celebration 10 with (left to right) Steven Garelick, Fred Glassman, Jeff Jacobson and David Fink. Photo: David Kuroda

CP Cal sincerely thanks attorney Laura Wasser for joining us at Celebration 10, and for her support of Collaborative Practice. Laura, when you are ready to go through the Collaborative Practice training process, we will be here for you.

The reviews are in: Celebration 10 was a smashing success...

The reviews are in: Celebration 10 was a smashing success
Attorney Laura Wasser's luncheon presentation was one of the most popular events at Celebration 10.

Attorney Laura Wasser’s luncheon presentation was one of the most popular events at Celebration 10.

 The Celebration 10 conference is in the books, but the work wasn’t done until the conference organizing committee reviewed the feedback from conference participants in an effort to learn what worked for attendees and what can be improved next year.

Ninety five percent of those who responded to the Celebration 10 survey told us your goals were met. A significant majority found the session topics of interest, and considered it important to participate in professional development activities like Celebration 10.

One person wrote, “My four goals were to have a successful presentation, to learn new useful information, to get to know colleagues, and to have fun. All goals were met.”

Another participant said, “Inspiring, sustaining excitement about Collaborative. New information about expanding my practice – social media, blogging.” One returning member said, “Workshops seemed fresher this year – planners are keeping up with a maturing practice modality and changing market for services.”

Shawn Weber led a popular breakout session on blogging, social media,  and websites.

Shawn Weber led a popular breakout session on blogging, social media, and websites.

Among the most popular topics and sessions were those focusing on the Child Specialists, parenting plans, blogging and marketing your practice.

CPCal was especially interested in the experience of those attending our annual conference for the first time. One of them wrote, “I am new to the area and practice. Wonderful opportunities for networking. Also, presentations focused on both process and content of our practice.”

This new participant wrote, “As a first timer I felt very welcomed. Great content, materials and location. Thank you for such a well organized and content rich event.”

CPCal understands the need to provide workshops for professionals at all levels of experience and we’re happy with the positive response. “I was pleased to experience workshops labeled as “advanced” or “intermediate” actually living up to their billing. The workshops focusing on interactive audience involvement were great!” said one senior Collaborator.

Outside the sessions, conference participants enjoyed the opportunity to network with colleagues.

“Socializing with Collaborative colleagues always provides a wonderful way to grow skills, broaden knowledge.”

“It was a great opportunity to reconnect with my colleagues and learn.”

“The interaction and friendship is inspiring.”

What could we do better? Cancellations of specific training sessions were problematic for some attendees. Others say time allotted was inconvenient for attendees.

What would you like to see at future conferences? Among the suggestions we received:

  • More time to relate and share experiences with each other
  • Practical exercises to practice the ideas and concepts presented
  • More advanced notice of the specific session topics on the CPCal website

The venue at the Westin Los Angeles Airport received good reviews, especially the convenience of having all conference events in the same place.

Outgoing CPCal Board President Suzan Barrie Aiken and CPCal Administrator Paula Jackson.

Outgoing CPCal Board President Suzan Barrie Aiken and CPCal Administrator Paula Jackson.

Special thanks to CPCal administrator Paula Jackson, whose diligence and hard-work were noted by many who took our survey. “The administrative aspect of the conference appeared seamless – great job and accolades to Paula! As well to other very active volunteers!!!!” We couldn’t have said it better.

“You outdid yourselves once again. The food was great, the programs were amazing. The energy you all created was outstanding. Thank you!”

Work has already started on Celebration 11, which will take place at the Sofitel hotel in Redwood City, April 29-May 1, 2016. It’s a lovely hotel 20 minutes from SFO with a complimentary airport shuttle.

We want to keep the conversation going. Let us know what you’d like to see at next year’s conference, and what we can do to improve your experience. Email Paula Jackson at info@cpcal.org, or contact any member of the board to provide your input.

And – see you in 2016!