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June 7 & 8, 2019 – INTRODUCTORY INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE TRAINING (for lawyers, financial professionals and mental health professionals) *UPDATE: Training has been cancelled (5/1/19). We apologize for any inconvenience!

*This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and New Hampshire Collaborative Divorce (NHCD)

Please read the description of the basic training below. You may click on the following links for a PDF copy of the training info, registration form, and sponsorship form.

2019 Basic Training Info

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What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is a growing worldwide movement to promote respectful dispute resolution without litigation.  It offers a way to resolve differences by working together with lawyers and other trained professionals to reach agreement.  Lawyers and clients meet together to explore options.  Mental health professionals work as “coaches/facilitators” to provide support to both the clients and the team, and to assist with parenting issues.  Financial professionals assist in gathering and analyzing information in order to reach a sustainable resolution.. Clients make their own decisions rather than relying on a judge.  All of the participants—clients and professionals—agree at the outset that they will work together to reach resolution without going to court.  (For more information about Collaborative Practice, go to collaborativedivorcenh.com.)

The New Hampshire Collaborative Divorce (NHCD) began using the collaborative team approach in 2010.  This is our seventh interdisciplinary collaborative training.  In the past we have had to use trainers from across the country to provide these extensive trainings, but we are now able to provide this training with our own New Hampshire Collaborative Divorce training team, consisting of two attorneys, one neutral financial professional, and one neutral mental health professional, who have had extensive experience using Collaborative law here in New Hampshire.

Over the course of the two days, participants will learn and see how the collaborative team works from start to finish.  There will also be demonstrations, discussions, and plenty of time for participants to comment and ask questions.  The training will address the role of each profession, individually and as a team.  The training includes introducing clients to collaboration, interest based negotiation concepts, enhancing communication and team building skills, and ethical considerations, as well as the emotional, legal, financial and psychological components of divorce and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.

Who Should Attend this Training?

Lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health professionals who complete this training will be eligible to apply for membership in NHCD, and participate as team members in Collaborative dispute resolution.  NHCD members who have not yet had training in interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice are especially encouraged to attend as such training is required for continued membership.  For current NHCD members,  it is an excellent way to enhance your skills, at a greatly reduced rate!

 The Trainers

The members of the team who will be leading this training include Jane Schirch, Esquire, Catherine McKay, Esquire, Karen Ela Kenny, MSW, LICSW, and Jill Boynton, CFP ®, CDFA. They are experienced collaborative practitioners, and have all held leadership roles in furthering CP in New Hampshire. Jane Schirch, Cathy McKay and Karen Ela Kenny are former Board co-chairs and Jill Boynton is a past Board member and Treasurer.


The training will take place at the New Hampshire Audubon Society, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH.   Lunch will be provided, along with continental breakfast and snacks.

Continuing Education Credits

14 CE credits for psychologists have been approved by the NH Psychological Association. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all New Hampshire licensees. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

It is expected that attorneys participating in this training will qualify for 14 CE credits, including 1 ethics credit, also.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three key aspects of the history, theory, and practical application of multidisciplinary collaborative practice to potential divorcing couples.
  2. Describe how to apply the language and techniques of two other professionals so as to be able to promote successful negotiations aimed at helping couples reach their own constructive settlements.
  3. Explain four different functions that each professional will be performing in the context of the multidisciplinary meetings.
  4. Prepare for impasse and resistance by identifying 2 obstacles that will often occur and 2 communication strategies that will help overcome this.
  5. Utilize and explain at least five different documents such as formal participation agreements, court-required forms, questionnaires, checklists, etc.
  6. Identify and discuss at least three ethical considerations of working with a multidisciplinary team.
  7. Identify at least three ways that professionals can deepen their skill sets for providing the Collaborative Divorce process to couples and families



Cost & Registration

For non-NHCD members:  Tuition for the two-day training is $475.  Registrations received by April 30th get an early bird rate of $400!

For NHCD members taking this as a refresher course:  Early bird rate is $200, received by April 30th and the regular rate is $300.


Please contact our administrative assistant Joanne LaGree at joannelagree@msn.com with any further questions.  

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A special thanks to the following corporate sponsors:

Ann N. Conway, MSW, LICSW                      Cornerstone Financial Planning


2019 NH Basic Training Agenda (June 7th & 8th, 8:30am – 5pm)

 Day 1:

8:30AM – 9:30    

 Intro of speakers 

               What is Collaboration?

               Ice breaker

               Intro of attendees – discipline, why taking training now?

               Overview of training – including training goals and structure 

               Burning questions

9:30 – 10:15  

               Intro: Elements of Collaborative Practice

               History of Collaborative



10:30 – 11:30

               Paradigm shift – interests v positions, listening, communication, interests based negotiations

11:30 – 12:15

               Overview of process

12:15 – 12:45


12:45 – 1:45

               Breakout with own discipline (Attorneys, Mental Health and Financial) – Nuts and Bolts of role – “what do I do and how do I do it”

  1:45 – 2:45

               Breakouts with the other disciplines, discuss components of other disciplines (30 minutes each)

2:45 – 3:00


3:00 – 3:30

Introduction of John and Kate Smith

               Demonstration Role Play with John and Kate Smith

3:30 – 4:45

               Developing Interests

               Role play at tables and group discussion

4:45 – 5:00

               Wrap up

 Day 2

8:30 – 9:30

Lawyer and Client initial interview

               Role play at tables and group discussion

9:30 – 9:45

               Discussion of first 5 way meeting and Demonstration

9:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:45

               Demonstration with John and Kate: 6 way focusing on financials

               Questions and Discussion

10:45 – 11:45


11:45 – 12:00

               Coach: Parenting Plan

12:00 – 12:30


12:30 -12:50

               Demonstration role play: Coach with parenting plan


Harnessing the power of the Team (pre-brief/de-brief) 


1:25 -2:25

               Challenges to the Collaborative Process

               Role play at table and group discussion

2:25 – 2:40


2:40 – 4:00

Impasse and tools to resolve impasse

Impasse role play exercise

4:00 –  4:15

               Finishing the case and what happens after agreement is signed? 

4:15 – 4:30

               Next steps to develop a Collaborative Practice: practice groups/IACP/CLANH minimum standards/Membership/mentor program/UCLA                           

4:30 – 5:00

             Question and Answers