This training is designed for family law attorneys, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals, coaches, mediators, financial professionals, child development and co-parenting specialists, graduate students entering the professions of law, finance and mental health, anyone assisting family clients in conflict and other allied professionals such as mortgage brokers, realtors, appraisers, estate attorneys, judges, etc. This training meets IACP standards.

Join us November 13-15, 2024 | 10am - 4pm (ET) • Virtual training via Zoom

Registration closes on Monday, November 11 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 law attorneys
  • Psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals
  • Coaches, mediators, and financial professionals
  • Child development and co-parenting specialists
  • Graduate students entering the professions of law, finance and mental health
  • Anyone assisting family clients in conflict
  • Other allied professionals such as mortgage brokers, realtors, appraisers, estate attorneys, judges, etc

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.

Ben Stich has his own family and divorce mediation practice, Mediation and Family Services. Ben serves as a coach in Collaborative Divorce and has mediated hundreds of divorces,  parenting disputes, and family conflicts. He takes pride in helping families stay in control of their decisions while saving time, money, and heartache of contested divorce proceedings. Ben is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, Ben is an Instructor for William James College’s High Conflict Co-Parenting Education Program. He is also a clinical trainer and consultant for MGH Psychiatry’s Think:Kids program, disseminating the Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) model. Ben’s blog is chock-full-of information about mediation, effective communication, and conflict resolution and can be found at


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


November 13, 2024 10:00 AM to November 15, 2024 4:00 PM
Zoom link will be sent
United States
Event Fee(s)
Early Bird 2024 Introductory Training Rates
Professional Rate through October 18 (then full price is $850) $750.00
Member Retake Rate through October 18 (then full price is $450) $350.00
Student Rate $395.00