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MCLC Introductory Collaborative Practice Training
MCLC MEMBERS: To get the member discount, please log in and return to this page BEFORE you click the "Register Now" button.

September 11-13, 2014
The Conference Center at Bentley University
Waltham, Massachusetts

In this practical and interactive three-day training, attendees will travel step-by-step through the Collaborative Law process. This program teaches Collaborative Law using the family law model but is valuable to all professionals interested in Collaborative Law dispute resolution practice, including financial specialists, lawyers, civil practitioners and mental health professionals.

What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Law Practice is a different way of approaching conflict -- the conventional adversarial approach is discarded in favor of a new paradigm. Participants in a Collaborative Law case commit to a reasoned and cooperative out-of-court resolution of the dispute. The process is interdisciplinary, so clients have the benefit of a “team” working for them.

In the family law model, for example, each client is represented by a Collaboratively trained attorney.  A neutral mental health professional, or “coach,” facilitates the negotiations and manages the process. A neutral financial specialist provides economic projections and sophisticated tax analyses and other Collaboratively trained neutral specialists are included as needed.

The case is conducted largely through a series of carefully planned face-to-face meetings with the parties and professionals.  Participants work as joint problem solvers; and, among other things, clients are encouraged to focus on “interests” rather than “positions” as they negotiate. This approach serves the core needs of the parties with dignity and respect.

Benefits of Attending

Collaboratively trained professionals will be able to offer clients alternatives to litigation that resolve conflicts effectively. Those completing this training are eligible for membership in the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.


Lectures, demonstrations (video and live), role plays, and panel discussions will include these topics:

  • Collaborative Law Practice Elements
  • The Role of Each Professional in the Process
  • The Structure of the Collaborative Law Process:  A step-by-step training for each state of the Collaboative Law Process
  • Best Practices
  • Interest-Based Negotiation
  • Ethical Considerations and Dilemmas
  • Communication Skills
  • Challenges to Collaborative Practice
  • Strategies to Overcome Impasse
  • How You Can Incorporate Collaborative Law Practice into Your Work


The faculty consists of professionals with national and international reputations as leading trainers in the field of Collaborative Practice

Gina Arons, Psy.D.

Jonathan E. Fields, Esq.

Pamela S. Freeman, Esq.

David A. Hoffman, Esq.

Justin Kelsey, Esq

Amy H. Martell, Esq.

Susan M. Miller, MA, CPA, CFP, CDFA

Jessie L. Foster, MBA, CFP®, CDFA

Lynda J. Robbins, Esq.


By August 8, 2014:
MCLC Members $299
Nonmembers $595

After August 8, 2014:
MCLC Members $299
Nonmembers $675

Lunches and snacks included

Member Rate: Current MCLC members only are eligible for the member rate. Prospective members must complete this training BEFORE they apply for MCLC membership.

If you have been a member of MCLC previously, you may renew before registering and be eligible for the discounted member rate.

 MCLC MEMBERS: To get the member discount, please log in and return to this page BEFORE you click the "Register Now" button.

Payment Methods: Credit cards/PayPal only. Sorry, no checks.

Cancellation Policy: A fee of $75 will be charged for all cancellations, regardless of cause.  If MCLC is notified of cancellation on or before September 8, 2014, MCLC will refund the applicable registration fee less the $75 cancellation fee.

                  No refunds will be granted after September 8, 2014.

Tuition Assistance:  A limited number of partial scholarships are available through MCLC Recipients must pay full tuition in advance and will be reimbursed for the scholarship after course completion.  Find out more about Winik Scholarships

Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions. Attendees completing this program receive 18 continuing education hour of credit.

Social Workers:

CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: October 6, 2012- October 5, 2015. Social Workers should contact their regularity board to determine course approval.

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 18 clinical continuing education clock hour.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit for this program. CES maintains responsibility for this program.


Supplemental training will be offered at a later date for Civil Practitioners--more information to follow shortly!

Additional Information:  Final instructions and parking permits will be emailed shortly before the training.  If you have questions, please email

September 11, 2014 8:30 AM through September 13, 2014 5:00 PM
175 Forest Street
The Conference Center at Bentley University
Waltham, MA 02452
United States
Registration Fee
Standard Registration $675.00

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