"I am trained in Collaborative Divorce,
but I am not converting initial consultations into clients."
"I am uncomfortable in the room when things get difficult in Collaborative
"My practice group is not in sync and unable to effectively grow Collaborative Divorce in my community."
Training alone is not enough to build a robust Collaborative community.
In our work as seasoned Collaborative Divorce trainers and practitioners, we have consistently heard sentiments like these from professionals who want to build a Collaborative Divorce practice, but have become stuck along the way. The Institute for Family Conflict Resolution (IFCR) has developed an innovative model to support both new and languishing Collaborative Divorce communities.
The Collaborative Divorce model allows clients to effectively move through a divorce by attending to three sets of issues - Legal, Emotional, and Financial. Similarly our model at IFCR for developing and revitalizing Collaborative Divorce communities includes three separate and indispensable elements.
Practitioners need to understand the Collaborative Divorce model and how it works to provide clients with a problem-solving approach to divorce. The training should include both the paradigm shift for thinking about divorce, as well as the mechanics for how to navigate the process in an effective and efficient way.
Practitioners needs to have a nuanced understanding of how to do their professional work in ways that instill confidence and trust. They also need to develop self awareness to interact with clients and other practitioners in a way that leverages their personal strengths and manages their weaknesses, especially in the emotionally complex and conflictual world of divorce.
Practitioners need a vibrant community of professionals that supports and trusts each other. High-functioning practice groups can provide a context for professionals to process difficult issues in cases, share business building tips, and leverage the collective power of the group for marketing and public education efforts.
IFCR uses this model to work with new communities that have no Collaborative Divorce practice to develop a successful community from the ground up. Explore an example model for a new Collaborative community.
We also work with practice groups that may have existed for some time, but that have never gotten much past an introductory training. Other groups struggle because they find that despite having been trained, practitioners find it challenging to live into the model in ways that feel satisfying to them and their clients when the rubber meets the road in a difficult case. Other groups may be disconnected because of conflict (or conflict avoidance) or poor communication among practitioners and practice group leaders.
Contact Us to discuss how we might develop a customized plan to support your Collaborative Divorce community in taking your work to the next level.
...who clearly believe in the process and in sharing their expertise to contribute to spreading the movement of Collaborative practice. Enthusiastic, synergistic excellence! Thank you!"
...and received high praise from all those who attended. In the days after I got calls and emails from several local attorneys asking when the next training would be offered. Because these trainers have conducted so many Collaborative Divorces, they were able to draw on a wealth of experience and truly bring the concepts to life. The breakout sessions by discipline were especially useful. I am now convinced the success of Collaborative Divorce rests on using the team approach and highly recommend this training to anyone with even a passing interest."