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This training is designed for family and business law attorneys, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals, coaches, and mediators, financial professionals, child development and co-parenting specialists, graduate students entering the professions of law, finance and mental health and anyone assisting family clients in conflict. This training meets IACP standards.

Join us March 15-17, 2023 | 10am - 4pm (ET) • Virtual training via Zoom

Registration closes on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 pm ET

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn the fundamentals of the Collaborative Law model and how to apply it to Family Law cases.
  • Develop results-oriented techniques to help clients reach successful resolutions to disputes.
  • Identify and implement strategies to navigate challenging cases and to achieve success with high-conflict clients.
  • Train with experienced professionals who are passionate about the team approach.
  • Learn best practices for both in-person and virtual collaborative work.
  • Fulfill the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals  (IACP) standards for a Collaborative Law Intro Training.
  • Registration includes one year of introductory membership in Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC) upon completion of the training.
  • CEU's for Social Workers pending.

Who should Attend: 

This training is designed for family and business law attorneys, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals, coaches, and mediators, financial professionals, child development and co-parenting specialists, graduate students entering the professions of law, finance and mental health and anyone assisting family clients in conflict. 

Training Faculty:


Betsy Ross, LICSW, CGP works with couples, families, and individuals as a Collaborative Divorce Facilitator and Co-Parenting Relationship Coach, a Divorce Mediator, and as a Licensed Psychotherapist in Boston and in Canton, MA. For over 30 years, Betsy has helped individuals, couples and family members to talk to each other more, fight less, and improve their ability to communicate, address issues, and problem solve together. Betsy’s training in three different specialties: psychotherapy, coaching, and mediation has provided her with a large repertoire of tools to choose from when working with clients to improve their relationships. She has served as a consultant and has taught workshops and facilitated discussions in many settings.

Beth L. Aarons, JD, MSW, is a collaborative attorney and mediator focused on helping families navigate the complex family dynamics of divorce and inheritance disputes through dispute resolution processes.  Beth is the current President of MCLC, and Co-Chairs the Probate and Estate Dispute Resolution Committee.  She also teaches Mediation at Suffolk Law School and has presented at local and national conferences on Collaborative Law and mediation topics.


Jennifer Hawthorne, Esq. is a collaborative law attorney and mediator focusing mainly on family law matters. Jennifer established a practice in 2013, and later joined Skylark Law & Mediation, PC in Southborough, Massachusetts. Her work is firmly rooted in helping families to resolve conflict. She is dedicated to helping clients disentangle their financial lives while also working to preserve an on-going family relationship post-divorce enabling her clients to be effective co-parents. Jennifer joined the board of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) in 2016 and is a co-chair of the MCFM Publishing Committee and the MCFM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Jennifer is an active member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC) and is the co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Jennifer worked as the Onsite Coordinator for the DOR Pilot Mediation Project in Suffolk County representing MetroWest Mediation Services (MWMS) where she serves as a volunteer mediator and the Probate and Family Court Coordinator. Jennifer has presented on various topics related to dispute resolution and family law through MCFM, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and the Divorce Mediation Training Associates (DMTA). Jennifer earned her B.A. from Boston University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Justin Kelsey, J.D.  is a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator.  Justin is the President of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators and is the Past President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.  He also serves as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section Council.  Justin is the owner of Skylark Law & Mediation, PC, which is located in Southborough, MA and concentrates primarily on the resolution of family conflict outside of court.  Learn more at


Karen Van Kooy is managing partner at Israel Van Kooy Law, LLC (“IVK Law – Your Family Matters Law Firm), with an office in Coolidge Corner, Brookline and at The Collaborative Law Outpost in Southborough. Karen is a Collaborative Law attorney and mediator, assisting families through transitions (pre-nuptial agreements, family formation, second parent adoptions, divorce) and with their estate planning needs (wills and trusts). Karen is committed to helping families find the right, client-centered process for their situation, whether attorney assisted negotiation, mediation, the collaborative law process, limited legal representation, or combinations thereof.


Kim Whelan is a CDFA® (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst), mediator, and collaboratively trained financial neutral.   Kim has an MBA from Harvard Business School and, after an eclectic business career, established her mediation practice in 2012, earned her CDFA® and was collaboratively trained -- with the goal of helping her clients better navigate the financial maze divorce often presents.  She is dedicated to helping her clients maintain their financial and emotional integrity for their lives going forward.   Kim has spoken at several national conferences including IACP and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and she presents regularly on divorce financial analysis at trainings and workshops in Massachusetts.  Kim is on the board and is Treasurer of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and serves on the Membership Committee of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.

Allison J. Bell, Psy.D. has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree in dance/movement therapy. Dr. Bell has been in clinical practice since  1987, specializing in child psychology, child neuropsychological assessment and marital counseling. She has been doing forensic child custody evaluations and testifying as an Expert Witness since 1997 in New York, and since 2009 in Massachusetts. Dr. Bell was Collaboratively trained as a Divorce Coach and Child Specialist in 2004. She is a member of MCLC in MA and a Board Member of HVCDDRA in NY. She is a Collaborative Divorce Trainer with the Hudson Valley organization and has presented at annual IACP Forums on child development, neuroscience, and gender bias in negotiation.




Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for Intro Training registration fees. Please contact for questions. Thank you for your understanding.


March 15, 2023 10:00 AM to March 17, 2023 4:00 PM
Zoom link will be sent
United States
Event Fee(s)
2023 Introductory Training
Professional Rate $850.00
Member Retake Rate $450.00
Student Rate $395.00